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Weight lost. Health gained.

Named a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery by the BlueCross® and BlueShield® Association
 

The benefits of weight loss are measured in more ways than just waist size. A healthy weight also improves overall health and quality of life. If your weight is keeping you from the life you were meant to have, weight loss surgery may be the answer. St. John’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss provides comprehensive, individualized care from expert providers to help you on your weight loss journey. 

Our program has performed thousands of successful operations with the most combined clinical experience in the field with one ultimate goal–excellent patient care. We will work with you to find the right treatment for the best outcomes. Our team includes board-certified surgeons, a registered dietitian, psychologist, certified physician assistant, certified bariatric nurses, and patient support facilitators.


Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Imagine playing with your kids, grandkids, or finally being able to fit into a pair of skinny jeans or a new, trendy outfit for a special occasion. Or maybe just want to feel confident wherever you are. Don’t let excess weight steal life’s pleasures from you.

To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you must have the following characteristics established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery:

  • Be more than 100 pounds over your ideal weight
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35–39.9 along with one or more diseases (for example, diabetes and/or hypertension which can improve significantly with weight loss)
  • Have not been able to lose weight from diet and exercise after a sustained period of time
  • Be prepared to make a lifelong commitment to dietary, exercise, and behavioral changes necessary for long-term success
  • Have no mental or behavioral disorders that may interfere with long-term weight loss goals

Calculate your body mass index  now to see if you are a good candidate.

Recognized for Excellence

Our center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The center is also a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Accreditation under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality  Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The center has also been designated as a BlueDistinction Center by Blue Shield of California.

Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Our team has expertise in various weight loss surgery procedures. We will discuss each procedure with you in order to determine which one is best. St. John's offers patients various weight loss surgery procedures:

  • The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery and is the most widely used weight loss surgery procedure for patients seeking significant results.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery procedure in which 85 percent of the stomach is removed.
  • The lap band® is the least invasive weight loss surgery procedure, performed using a minimally invasive/laparoscopic technique
  • In the duodenal switch or "DS" procedure, the portion of the small intestine is divided and connected to the last part of the small intestine to create a stomach, so that when the patient eats, the food goes through a newly created tubular stomach pouch and empties directly into the last segment of the small intestine. 
  • Revision surgery may be the best solution when an ineffective procedure results in weight regain. 

Additional Services

  • Complimentary seminars and patient education
  • Payment plans
  • Assistance with insurance
  • Private hospital rooms
  • Pre and postoperative care
  • Support groups
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Customized fitness program
  • Bilingual support (English/Spanish)
    Post-surgery follow-up

Patient Testimonials

The physical, emotional, and health benefits of weight loss surgery can put life on a whole new path. See how these patient’s lives have improved after weight loss surgery.


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Meet Our Bariatric Surgeons

Our skilled bariatric surgeons are committed to quality, with a focus on the safety, comfort and long-term wellness of our patients. We place an emphasis on educating patients about bariatric surgery to help them determine if weight loss surgery is their best option and, if so, which procedure is most appropriate.

Our experienced bariatric team


Important Facts About Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Patients who choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight can achieve long-lasting weight loss. Here you’ll find important facts about obesity and bariatric surgery.


Insurance Coverage and Payment Options

Many health insurance plans cover weight loss surgery. Talk to your surgeon about health plans in your area that cover bariatric procedures.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about weight loss surgery.


Get started today

To learn more about our bariatric program, please call our program coordinator, Brenna Calabrese, MSN, at (805) 940-2765. To find a Dignity Health weight loss specialist that’s right for you, please use our online search tool: