A healthier you is waiting to emerge

If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you could be facing serious health risks. If you have tried to lose weight through diet and exercise and you just can’t, bariatric surgery might be a good option. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital offers bariatric surgery and a weight-loss program that includes:

  • Three types of bariatric surgery: gastric sleeve procedure, gastric bypass and gastric banding
  • Access to an integrated staff and professionals, including physicians, nursing staff, a patient coordinator, patient counselors and dietitians
  • A comprehensive weight-loss program designed just for you that involves diet, exercise, psychological counseling and other lifestyle changes

Bariatric surgery offers hope and help to those who have tried repeatedly to lose excess weight and keep it off. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding are major surgical procedures entailing all the normal risks of surgery.

There are many other health benefits to bariatric surgery. The weight loss can help resolve pre-existing medical conditions usually related to obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain and acid reflux.

At Fountain Valley, we are here to help you lose the weight, keep it off, feel better and truly enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Weight Loss Programs

From your first class on bariatric weight loss until the day you reach your weight-loss goal, we’re here to support you. The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital was created to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible. Our unique program was developed with direction from our medical director, who also is a bariatric surgeon. We see patients from Orange County, Southern California and worldwide.

Your weight-loss team

Throughout the process, you’ll work with your very own team focused on your health — what we call Team You. Physicians, nursing staff, a patient coordinator, patient counselors and dietitians help you along this journey. You’ll have access to a program professional or physician at any time of the day, during the week and on weekends.

How the weight-loss process works

The first step is evaluating your health. Your team will identity complications related to your weight, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Treatment can be set up for these factors. We will establish weight loss goals and help you decide which bariatric procedure would be best for you: gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or gastric banding. During this time, Team You will work with you to design a comprehensive weight-loss program. Most likely this will involve a combination of diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, psychological counseling and support. We will continue to monitor your success and make adjustments when needed.

Awards and Accreditations

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center + Comprehensive Center Designation
  • Optum Clinical Sciences Institute Bariatric Center of Excellence Designation

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Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

BMI Calculator

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Being underweight may weaken your immune system and increase the risk of malnutriation and osteoporosis.
Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Some of the benefits of achieving a healthy weight include decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self - esteem.
Some of the benefits of achieving a healthy weight include decreased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self - esteem.


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  • Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S.Department of Health and Human Services.

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