St. Joseph Hospital Orange
St. Joseph Hospital Orange
Why Choose St. Joseph Hospital?
- Named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County Metropolitan Area by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year.
- Accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSQIP) for providing safe and high-quality care for bariatric surgery patients.
- Designated as a Blue Distinction Center® for Bariatric Surgery.
- Recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women's Choice Awards®.
- Cigna Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery.
Recognized as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as well as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Awards, the Bariatric Surgery Program at St. Joseph Hospital supports our patients through long-term physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Our bariatric surgery team has performed nearly 3,000 bariatric procedures, all with a holistic approach to care that addresses the wellness of the body, mind and spirit. We focus on long-term physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual well-being of our patients before, during and after bariatric surgery.
Our team of bariatric professionals utilize a multidisciplinary approach toward their practice, ensuring successful and long-term weight loss. Our core team of experts includes:
- Program coordinator
- Registered dietitian
- Physical therapist
- Exercise physiologist
- Meditation/spirituality specialist
- Acute-care surgical and post-op staff
- Surgical office personnel
Committed to both surgical procedures and education for bariatric patients, the Bariatric Surgery Program offers services such as:
- Gastric banding
- Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
- Revision bariatric surgery
- Informational seminars
- Patient and family resources
- Support groups
- Nutrition education
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Pre-op physician supervised weight loss program
- Exercise, yoga and body conditioning information
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established a guideline for physicians in evaluating the necessity for bariatric surgery.
The NIH standards for bariatric surgery state that the candidate should express the following:
- Be approximately 100 or more pounds over ideal body weight
- Possess a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI greater than 35 when pre-existing co-morbidities such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or hypertension are present
- Show weight-induced problems and restrictions in mobility, work and performance of family responsibilities
St. Joseph Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Program surgical prerequisites include the following:
- The patient must be between the ages of 18 and 65 years
- No history of drug or alcohol abuse within the past three years
- The patient must undergo an internal medical evaluation and work-up to ensure they are in the best possible condition prior to surgery
- The patient must undergo a psychiatric evaluation for stability and demonstrate a clear understanding of the procedure, responsibilities, reasonable outcomes and post-surgical expectations and guidelines
- The patient must undergo a series of dietary education classes and complete all classes prior to surgery date
- Patient must demonstrate a commitment and readiness for a lifestyle change by modifying behavior and eating habits to ensure successful, long-term weight loss
- He or she must be willing to fully participate in our multidisciplinary bariatric program
- Patient must agree to follow up with their bariatric surgeon for a minimum of five years after weight loss surgery