Bariatric Surgery - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Obesity is a serious disease that is on the rise in the United States and around the world. Obese people are at increased risk for many illnesses and have a shorter life expectancy than the non-obese.

If you suffer from severe obesity (defined as having a body mass index of 35 or greater), bariatric surgery may be your best option for permanent weight loss.

The bariatric program at PIH Health enjoys a strong record of success and safety. Our team has performed thousands of successful surgeries. We offer pre- and post-operative education and support that is essential for the long-term success of our patients.

For more information, see our Bariatric fact sheet.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

PIH Health offers three different surgical treatments for obesity. Each is designed to make the stomach smaller and may even change the configuration of the small intestine.

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – This procedure is the most complex of the three surgical options. It can be performed with minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques and offers high weight loss success rates.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy - This procedure is the most common option for surgical weight loss in the United States. It is a simpler operation than gastric bypass with similar success rates.
  • Adjustable Gastric Band - This solution involves a silicone band placed around the top part of the stomach to reduce its volume. It is the least invasive of the options, and is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.

Each type of surgery has advantages and disadvantages. These descriptions are for general information only and should not take the place of a detailed discussion with your surgeon.

Bariatric Surgery Benefits

In addition to promoting long-term weight loss, bariatric surgery can improve health problems related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and sleep apnea. Surgery and accompanying weight loss can lead to improved physical function, mood and quality of life.

Bariatric Surgery Risks and Side Effects

Every operation has risks, and you should talk with your surgeon about all of the possible risks associated with your chosen procedure. The risks of obesity and its associated illnesses far outweigh the risks of bariatric surgery.

Contact Us

We look forward to helping you achieve a successful, permanent and positive weight loss experience. Please contact us at 562.789.5444 to schedule a consultation.

More Information

Accredited CenterOur Bariatric Program includes educational weight loss classes that fulfill the requirements for most health plans. Classes are taught Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier located at 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602.

The goals of the nutrition classes are to teach healthy eating habits and behavior skills that will promote success in your weight loss journey. The classes are appropriate for those wishing to lose weight through diet and exercise only or those preparing for bariatric procedures.

We also have both Bariatric Support Groups and the post-operative Lifestyle Lab Workshops that meet twice per month and are appropriate for those considering the procedure or for those who have already had surgery. Our goal is for long-lasting success.

Learn about classes, events and support groups.

Awarded Blue Distinction® Center Designation

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier received the Blue Distinction Center designation for Bariatric Surgery for the second year in a row (2018-2019). The Blue Distinction Center designation is awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies for delivering quality care with better overall outcomes in specialty care. Learn more:

Blue Distinction Center Bariatric

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