Bariatric Surgery | Endocrinology and Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery

Our team focuses on your long-term success to achieve health by combating obesity through weight loss surgery. Our commitment to excellence before, during and after surgery has earned our program national recognition.

Medically reviewed by Victoria Lyo, M.D. on Dec. 18, 2023.

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Nationally Recognized Bariatric Surgery Program

If you have obesity and need help losing weight or treating metabolic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, bariatric surgery may be right for you. Surgical options help improve your metabolism while also helping you lose weight.

At UC Davis Health, you receive exceptional care and ongoing support that helps put your goals within reach. Experienced surgeons with special training in bariatric surgery will guide your care with our team of dieticians, nurse navigators, and psychologists.

We maintain a “comprehensive center” designation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious recognition signifies our commitment to delivering safe, high-quality bariatric surgery and support.

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Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are many types of bariatric surgery. Each has unique risks and benefits. Our team takes time to explain your options and help you make the right choice for your needs and preferences.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Bariatric surgeons divide the stomach to create a small pouch that connects to a point part-way through your small intestine. It allows food to bypass part of your digestive system so you absorb fewer calories and eat less at a time. This also alters your metabolism, hunger sensations, and treats obesity-associated diseases.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Your stomach is divided and fashioned into a narrow, tubular shape. The surgery makes it so you can eat less at a time, while also altering your metabolism and hunger sensations, and treats obesity-associated diseases.

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Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is part of our comprehensive approach to helping you safely lose excess weight and keep it off. We help you make lifestyle changes that allow you to get the most out of your procedure. You also receive ongoing post-surgical support that gives you the best chances for long-term success.

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    Before Weight Loss Surgery

    To qualify for surgery, you have to meet criteria for obesity, which is a body mass index (BMI) above 30 or 35 kg/m2. You also must have tried other weight loss methods. We give you helpful tips for adopting lifestyle changes that help you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle after surgery.

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    During Surgery

    We often use laparoscopic techniques to carry out bariatric surgery. They involve small incisions, a camera, and long, thin instruments so that you have less pain and can recover quickly.

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    After Weight Loss Surgery

    Following surgery, you can expect to stay in the hospital for one night. We keep a careful watch over your recovery and explain important home care tasks as you prepare for discharge.

Home Care and Follow-Up

Bariatric surgery does not mark the end of our support for your health goals. We provide long-term support that helps you make a full recovery, adopt healthy habits and enjoy an excellent quality of life.

Recovering at Home

After discharge, it’s essential to take it easy and gradually return to daily activities. We are here for you if you have questions or experience complications like a fever or difficulty keeping food down.

Maintenance Visits

You meet with our team regularly to discuss your weight loss progress and any challenges you are experiencing. We give you encouragement and helpful tips that keep your weight loss journey on track.

Annual Check-In

One year after your procedure, your maintenance appointments shift to annual visits. But if you need help between visits, we are available to see you or discuss concerns over the phone.

Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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“Most Wired” for acute care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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“Most Wired” for ambulatory care

UC Davis Health has been recognized as a level 10 out of 10 in the Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). The honor recognizes excellence in using technology to improve the delivery of care.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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A leader in health care equality

For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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