Morbid or severe obesity is a chronic condition that diet and exercise often fail to control. For these patients, particularly those who serious obesity-related health problems, bariatric surgery may be a good option. At UCSF, the Bariatric Surgery Program is led by a multidisciplinary team of experienced surgeons and gastroenterology faculty, and supported by an outstanding group of medical professionals including dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physician assistants.
The UCSF Bariatric Surgery Program has been certified as an accredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), and received joint accreditation by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
The program has been recognized as a "center of excellence", designated a Blue Shield Bariatric Quality Initiative Program and a Blue Cross Center of Expertise. The vast mumber of weight-loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically, leading to a reduction in post-operative pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and a faster return to normal activity.
Our center is one of the few in the country that offers bariatric procedures to obese patients with end-stage kidney or liver disease, who would otherwise be exluded from an organ transplant because of weight. Procedures also are offered to treat conditions such as type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea.