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Enjoy the life you were meant to have.


Imagine finding your way to a better life—one where you can play with your kids or go out with friends and actually enjoy yourself because you feel better. If you feel now is the time to commit to living a healthier life, weight loss surgery may be what you need.

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a medical procedure used to treat obesity by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat, changing how the body absorbs food, and altering the digestion process.

Online Assessment

Imagine being able to walk up a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath, or going out for a special occasion without having to worry about blood sugar levels. Imagine just feeling better. Surgical weight loss can help. 

Our quick online assessment is a good place to start to help you determine if bariatric surgery is your way to weight loss. It takes only a few minutes and the detailed report you will receive, based on your input, can be a valuable tool in your decision making process.

Am I a Candidate?

If you have already gone through the gamut of diet, exercise and sacrifice without achieving significant, sustainable weight loss, bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass, gastric banding, or a sleeve gastrectomy may be the answer.

Bariatric surgery is not cosmetic and should not be considered based on simply “looking better.” There are risks with any surgery, so this alternative should be an option only after serious discussion with your physician to determine:

  • If surgery is the right treatment for you
  • If you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make lifelong lifestyle changes
  • If you have the support system you need to succeed

Everyone is different, but weight loss surgery could be an option for you if you:

  • Are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • Have a BMI of 40 or above
  • Have tried multiple weight loss programs without lasting success
  • Would like to lose weight for health reasons
If you meet these requirements, you should discuss the risks and benefits to determine which surgical option is best for you: gastric bypass, gastric banding, or a sleeve gastrectomy.

The First Steps to Weight Loss

The best way to get started is to attend one of our free seminars to get the information you need to make an educated decision on whether bariatric surgery is right for you. The seminars are designed to help you better understand the surgical options, the requirements before surgery, and what to expect after surgery. The surgical procedures we offer will be discussed:

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric banding
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

You'll also have the opportunity to meet some of the team that will be there to offer you the support you need along the way.

Our free seminars are held during the first Wednesday of every month:


Clerou Lecture Room

Mercy Hospital Downtown
2215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301 

 

 

 

 

 

Register Now For A Dignity Health Event or RSVP to 661.632.5117.

If you're looking for a doctor, please call 661.324.7070 or use our Find A Doctor tool.

Medical Benefits of Weight Loss

Though feeling better is a usually a desired goal of weight loss, other medical benefits may also include:

  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Decreased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduced joint and tendon problems
  • Improvement with obstructive sleep apnea
  • Decreased cancer risk
  • Improved fertility

Why Choose Dignity Health?

The physicians and staff associated with Dignity Health - Mercy Hospitals' Surgical Weight Loss Program will be with you every step of the way, from our introductory education session and physician consultation, nutrition counseling, and weight loss surgery, all the way through post­surgery support. We are right here to help you develop the tools to begin your new life—a life of improved health, increased activity, and longevity.

The Mercy Hospitals Surgical Weight Loss Program has:

  • Bariatrics coordinator
  • Dietitian with bariatric training
  • Affiiated surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists and surgery team
  • Specially-trained nurses and support staff
On average, our surgical weight loss patients lose between 60-85% of excess body weight one year after surgery with more than 80% of patients reporting that their diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea improved or went away completely.

National Recognition

Our weight loss program is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MBSAQIP).
 
A distinction like this recognizes our comprehensive and personalized approach to treating our patients and providing tools for lifelong success, including:

  • Pre-surgery education seminars
  • Physician Consultations
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Exercise Planning
  • Support Groups
  • Post-surgery follow-up

 

The Mercy Weight Loss Surgery Program is also proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center in the area of Bariatric Surgery for the safe, effective care we provide our weight loss surgery patients. 

Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. This recognition means the Mercy Weight Loss Surgery Program:
  • Has demonstrated expertise in delivering improved patient safety,
  • Has implemented bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rates for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band,
  • And is nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.

Free Informational Seminars

Ready to take the first step? Attend one of our free seminars to get the information you need to make an educated decision on whether bariatric surgery is right for you.

Our free seminars are held during the first Wednesday of every month:


Clerou Lecture Room

Mercy Hospital Downtown
2215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301 

 

 

 

 

 

Register Now For A Dignity Health Event or RSVP to 661.632.5117.

If you're looking for a doctor, please call 661.324.7070 or use our Find A Doctor tool.

 

Support Groups

Weight loss is a process that does not just end and begin with the bariatric procedure. Our monthly support group keeps you connected with your care team, as well as others who are on the journey to weight loss.

Our free support groups are held during the second Tuesday of every month:


Clerou Lecture Room

Mercy Hospital Downtown
2215 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301 


Register Now For A Dignity Health Event

Questions? Please contact Laura, our support group facilitator, by calling 832.247.0668 or via email.

Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery

To learn more about the Mercy Weight Loss Program, please call 661.632.5117.

If you’re looking for a doctor, please call 661.324.7070 or use our Find A Doctor tool.