Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Program

At Southern California Hospital at Culver City (SCH-CC), we are proud to offer a weight-loss surgery program focused on long-term success and safety.

Bariatric Surgery

Metabolic bariatric surgery offers an effective approach to help patients eat less, lose excess weight, and regain their health by limiting the stomach’s capacity. Statistics indicate that 90% of those who have bariatric surgery lose 50% of their excess body weight.

Today, the term metabolic bariatric surgery is used to describe surgical procedures to treat metabolic diseases, especially type 2 diabetes.

About Our Care

Our bariatric surgeons provide the complete spectrum of bariatric services to hundreds of people each year, from diagnosis and surgical treatment to patient and family support.

Are You a Candidate?

Standard criteria for this surgery are being 100 pounds over ideal weight or a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, weight-related health problems, and inability to lose weight through diet, medication and exercise.

Advance Surgical Techniques

If you choose SCH-CC for this procedure, be assured your surgery at our Bariatric & Surgical Weight Reduction Center is done by surgeons with advanced training in state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques. They are supported by a team of medical professionals with specialized skills in weight loss surgery techniques. Our pledge to you is that we will provide you with the most advanced surgical treatments available.

Nationally Accredited

Southern California Hospital at Culver City today is an Accredited Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The MBSAQIP standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014, ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. Accredited centers offer preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, our hospital met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. Learn more about MBSAQIP.

Follow-Up Care

Post-bariatric weight loss surgery, you will be contacted by one of the metabolic and bariatric surgical program specialists to assess your recovery and weight loss management. This will be conducted at a minimum of three months, six months and one-year post-weight-loss surgery.

Weight-Loss Management Workshop

Registered dietitians and bariatric surgeons host a bi-monthly Weight Loss Management Workshop Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. at SCH-CC Green Room located in the Pavilion building-3831 Delmas Terrace. The Weight-Loss Management workshop includes weight-management topics, presentations, group discussions, weigh-ins and Q&A sessions. Attendance is encouraged and is an essential part of our Metabolic Bariatric Surgical program. To make an appointment to attend the Weight-Loss Management workshops call (310) 836-7000 ext. 3171 and speak with one of our registered dietitians.

Support Group

A support group is held on the first Tuesday every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at SCH-CC Green Room located in the Pavilion builing-3831 Delmas Terrace.

The support group is offered for both pre-operative and post-operative patients. It provides an opportunity for participants to express experiences with life-after-bariatric surgery and also give those who have not had surgery the opportunity to understand what to expect. The support groups are run by registered dietitians and may include guest speakers with various topics, including weight management, healthy eating, physical activity, emotional eating, mindfulness and vitamin supplementation.

What is Metabolic Bariatric Syndrome?

You must have at least three metabolic risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

  • You must have at least three metabolic risk factors to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.
  • A large waistline indicating abdominal obesity or “having an apple shape.” Excess fat in the stomach area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  • A high triglyceride level (or you’re on medicine to treat high triglycerides). Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
  • A low HDL cholesterol level (or you’re on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol). HDL sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease.
  • High blood pressure (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood pressure). Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to plaque buildup.
  • High fasting blood sugar(or you’re on medicine to treat high blood sugar). Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.

Also, to learn more about the program, contact the clinical coordinator at (310) 836-7000 ext 3171.

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