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About Us

Obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the U.S. About 65 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to devastating and costly health problems, reduce life expectancy, and contribute to serious conditions such as Type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Surgery for obesity - bariatric or weight loss surgery - has proven to be the most effective and lasting therapeutic intervention for patients who are morbidly obese.

The UCSF Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Center has a multidisciplinary team, which includes surgeons, internal medicine specialists, and dietitians, as well as nurse practitioners, nurses, and physician assistants. The Bariatric Surgery Center is a center of excellence for many insurance companies. It has been designated a Blue Shield "Bariatric Quality Initiative Program  as well as named a  Blue Cross Center of Expertise.

Since 2004, UCSF surgeons have performed more than seven hundred (700) bariatric operations, of which more than 90% were done laparoscopically. The Bariatric Surgery Center offers a full range of surgery options for treating obesity, including laparoscopic gastric bypass and the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap-band). Most patients lose 50 to 70% of excess weight during the first year after surgery and maintain that weight loss. Additionally, 80 to 90% of patients will have improvement or cure of diseases associated with obesity and report improvement in their quality of life.

Key facts about the UCSF Bariatric Surgery Program: 

  • In-house physicians and faculty surgeons are available 24 hours a day
  • Radiology and interventional services are available around the clock.
  • Operating and patient rooms are designed specifically for bariatric patients.
  • Follow-up care includes post-surgical support groups, nutrition counseling, and regular monitoring visits.
  • Our patients show above-average loss of excess body weight after one year.
  • Our rate of overall complications since 2004 is one-half the national average.