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.

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.

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.

Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine

We know having bariatric surgery is a big decision. PIH Health offers a full spectrum of reconstructive treatments and procedures. When you're ready for that next step, we're here to help. Learn more about how plastic and reconstructive surgery options can help you further your goals.

Education Information

Accredited CenterPIH Health has a number of educational opportunities to learn more about bariatric surgery. The events below are open to the public and have a one-time fee of $25 (cash or check only). 

All classes are taught at our Whittier campus hospital location:

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier 12401 Washington Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602

Conference rooms are located on the lower level and may change from time to time.  Please be sure to ask the front desk to confirm the conference room. 

Nutrition Education

Our Bariatric Program includes nutrition education classes that fulfill requirements for most health plans. Classes are taught every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

The goal of nutrition classes are to teach healthy eating habits and behavior skills that will promote success in your weight loss journey. 

Support Groups

Would you like to meet and talk to someone going through the same experience? Support group meetings take place the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. You're not alone and we're here to help. 

Lifestyle Lab

PIH Health's Lifestyle Lab workshops include various topics and guest speakers that are relevant to the challenges of today's world. The Lifestyle Lab meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This class is appropriate for those considering bariatric surgery, or for those who have already had surgery. Our goal is for long-lasting success!

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery Seminar

Our team of experts provide knowledge about the bariatric procedures offered, pre-operative diet, post-operative diet and lifestyle changes. This class is offered approximately every six weeks on Monday nights from 6 to 8:30 pm.

The class dates for 2019 are:
January 14
February 25
April 8
May 20
July 8
August 19
October 7
November 18
December 9

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: http://bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

Blue Distinction Center Bariatric

Cigna Bariatric Certified Center

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier received designation as a Cigna Bariatric Certified Center for 2019.

Designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality®

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier received the Aetna Institute of Quality designation on April 1, 2019.

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Contact Us

Wells Medical Office Building
12462 Putnam St., #500
Whittier, CA 90602
562.789.5449

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