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Methodist Bariatric Surgery Program

Dignity Health’s Bariatric Surgery program at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento offers North State residents a multidisciplinary, personalized, and collaborative approach to weight loss at a nationally recognized facility. There is no program fee and we offer virtual visits for all but one preoperative appointment and the surgery itself. 

For qualified candidates, risks associated with staying significantly overweight exceeds the risk of surgery. Our team is here to help you find a life of improved health, activity, and longevity.

Adults healthy enough for major surgery who’ve been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise, and whose BMI is: 

  • Greater than 40
  • Between 35-39, with obesity-related health conditions
  • Between 30-34, in some circumstances
  • Type II diabetes remission
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Increased mobility
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Improved overall health
  • Nationally accredited as an MBSAQIP Comprehensive Inpatient Center for Bariatrics
  • Blue Distinction Plus Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of California
  • With the exception of one preoperative appointment and the surgery itself, everything can be done virtually
  • No program fee 
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols get our patients out quickly and safely in part due to low narcotic usage, increased ambulation, prophylactic nausea treatments, minimized placement of surgical drains or urinary catheters and day of surgery initiation of oral fluids
  • Minimally invasive da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery that offers smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery times, and less pain
  • Convenient online resources are usually covered by insurance and there are no additional program fees for our patients. These include support groups, dietitian guidance, physician appointments and Bariatric nurse guidance

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. Meet our Surgeons

Patient Testimonial Videos 

The physical, emotional and health benefits of weight loss surgery can put life on a whole new path. It’s a big decision, but of those who commit, no one ever wishes they’d waited longer. Meet some of the people who changed their life with bariatric surgery.

Meet Henning
Meet Germarie

Weight Loss Surgery Procedures 

Dignity Health’s Bariatric Surgery program at Methodist Hospital of Sacramento offers patients two types of weight loss surgery:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass 
The surgeon divides the stomach into two portions. The top portion is a small pouch approximately the size of a golf ball. Food enters this pouch and then travels rapidly to the small intestines. The remaining portion of the stomach is bypassed when the surgeon divides the intestines and reroutes the digestive pathway. This produces hormonal changes that allow for substantial weight loss and remission of type II diabetes. 

Sleeve Gastrectomy
Performed using surgical staplers to remove nearly 80% of the stomach permanently. The new stomach cannot hold as much food. More importantly, the new stomach’s banana-like shape pushes food more rapidly into the intestines. Weight loss occurs due to hormonal changes that decrease hunger and increase satiety. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both procedures use minimally invasive, robotic-assisted technology that can result in smaller incisions, quicker recovery times, and diminished pain.

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. Learn More

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery 

We understand that each procedure may have a different weight loss outcome. This is why your care team will sit down with you before surgery to discuss every potential outcome your body may experience post-surgery. On average, people lose 50–80 percent of their excess body weight in the first year depending on the:

  • Type of surgery performed
  • Level of commitment to the post-surgical diet and exercise regimen
  • Regularity of medical follow-up

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bariatric surgery. You and your surgeon will discuss specific risks related to your individual health condition and your selected surgical procedure.

At Dignity Health, we believe that your state of mind is a catalyst for healing. We want you to be fully prepared before having surgery. We will enroll you in a bariatric surgery education program that prepares you, not just for surgery, but also for life afterwards. During the program, you will receive nutrition counseling, undergo physical exams, and be given a psychological evaluation. From a lifestyle perspective, there are many things you can do to prepare your body for bariatric surgery:

  • Start a preoperative diet: Your care team may suggest that you start eating several small meals a day to prepare for the changes ahead. Your doctors may also recommend that you gradually stop consuming high calorie/high carbohydrate foods and drinks, such as soda, ice cream, or milkshakes.
  • Quit smoking: If you are a smoker, you may already know that to quit smoking is a healthy choice. Your care team will highly recommend that you quit prior to surgery as the termination will optimize the healing process.
  • Exercise regularly: As with diet, exercise will be a key part of recovery and long-term weight loss. Light exercise before surgery will help you increase your lung capacity and prepare you for an active post-surgery life.

Immediately after bariatric surgery, there will be some pain and discomfort. Our highly-skilled and sensitive care team will offer you the right medications to help you feel better. You will stay in the hospital for one night after surgery, and then return to normal activity within two to three weeks.

During the first week of your recovery, we will recommend that you only ingest liquids. We will then guide you as you gradually progress to pureed foods, soft foods, and then to regular foods about one to two  months after surgery. You will need to chew your food slowly and fully. You may experience a very fast weight loss initially, so it is important to get all of the nutrition, vitamins, and hydration you need. Your doctor will also recommend supplements.

During weight loss, you may experience fatigue, chills, body aches, dry skin, mood changes, and temporary hair thinning. However, as your weight stabilizes, you may find out that these problems fade out.

Weight loss typically continues for about a year and then abates. You should use the first year to develop good eating and exercise habits that will keep you from regaining weight.

Many weight-related health problems improve or even disappear after bariatric weight loss surgery, including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Adjusting to life after bariatric surgery can be challenging physically, socially, and emotionally. The support from a family, friends, or a caregiver can make a world of difference. While people who undergo bariatric surgery usually do not need intensive help, having support on-hand is key. 

Immediate post-surgery care — people typically take three weeks off from work. In the early weeks, you may have low energy. You may need assistance with house activities, shopping, and childcare until you can lift and drive, usually in about two weeks.

Dietary support — your diet will be restricted as you will progress gradually from liquid to low-volume meals. You should educate your support system on the guidelines and restrictions to help you succeed. Look up recipes to make healthy choices fun and interesting. Ensure that you take all vitamins and supplements according to your doctor’s prescriptions.

Physical activity support — regular exercise is necessary for maintaining a healthy metabolism throughout the weight loss process. Your friends and family can support your active schedule by getting involved. Go for evening walks together. Go to an attraction that requires walking (such as the zoo), which will not only improve your physical health, but also lift your spirits. Frequent walking is the best medicine after surgery.

Take the Next Step 

Talk to your primary care provider and sign up for a free, virtual seminar with Dr. Gatschet, Dr. Khan or Dr. Patching to learn more.

Click here for additional resources if you are coming from out of the Sacramento area. 

If you have already received a referral from your primary care provider, click here.