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 surgeon and gastroenterologist faculty, and supported by an outstanding group of medical professionals including dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physician assistants. UCSF Bariatric Surgery 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 majority 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.