The USC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program focuses on the evaluation and treatment of severe morbid obesity, and the complications associated with this condition, such as Type II Diabetes, hypertension, degenerative disc disease, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia .Our endocrinologists, dieticians, social workers and nurses along with our renowned surgeons work with patients to design an individualized weight loss plan that maximizes sustained weight loss and improves metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Our program is based out of two main hospitals, Keck Medical Center and Hoag Medical Center.
Areas of Expertise
The academic mission of all faculty is exemplified by the strong focus on clinical practice, the education of fellows, surgical residents and medical students and research.
We have obtained the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence certification by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This allows us to perform surgery on all Medicare patients. We have also been named Center of Excellence for Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Healthnet, and several more. .
Research is also at the heart of our program. We have been associated with 2 NIH (National Institutes of Health) grants, all focused on different aspects of bariatric and metabolic surgery.
Our future plans include expansions in satellite hospitals, and the establishment of a new Center of Excellence in Bariatric Revisional Surgery, complex hernia repair, and the treatment of gastric malignancies.
Defining Morbid Obesity
Obesity is a serious disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define morbid obesity as:
- Being 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight
- Or, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- Or, having a BMI of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid condition
The disease of morbid obesity interferes with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Long-term implications of the disease include shorter life expectancy, serious health consequences in the form of weight-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and a lower quality of life with fewer economic and social opportunities.
Obesity is a serious public health issue in the U.S.
- 24 million U.S. adults are living with morbid obesity and may qualify for bariatric surgery based on NIH guidelines.
- By 2010, it’s projected that there may be 31 million U.S. adults living with morbid obesity and may qualify for bariatric surgery based on NIH guidelines.
USC Bariatric Surgery serves various Southern California cities, including Los Angeles, Pasadena, Alhambra, San Marino, Beverly Hills, Encino, Thousand Oaks, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Oxnard.