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The UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center offers a full range of surgical weight-loss options, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional bariatric surgery.  Additional offerings include surgical endoscopic procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic needs. 

With over 2,500 procedures performed, more than ninety percent (90%) of procedures are completed using a minimally invasive approach.  This involves making a handful of small incisions on the abdomen so our long instruments and camera can be placed within the abdomen.  By completing surgery in this fashion, patients are able to recover from surgery more quickly and get back to their normal routines.  Minimally invasive surgery includes either a laparoscopic or robotic assisted laparoscopic approach. For the robotic assisted laparoscopic approach, our surgeons use the da Vinci® Xi robot.

Our patients enjoyed an average loss of excess body weight of more than 60 percent one year after surgery. Most of our patients experience all the benefits of a bariatric operation, including resolution of obesity-associated comorbidities as well as improvement in quality of life. Since the program began in 2004, our overall complication rate is half the national average, with zero operative mortality.

Our bariatric surgeons are fellowship trained and have extensive additional training in bariatric, gastrointestinal surgery and advanced laparoscopic techniques. The hospital facilities are prepared for the care of the morbidly obese patients, with operating and patient rooms designed specifically for bariatric patients. Radiology and interventional services are available around the clock, as are in-house physicians and faculty surgeons.

We consider bariatric surgery a tool to help patients live healthier and fuller lives.  Our multidisciplinary approach includes the team of surgeons, internal medicine specialists, nutritionists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and clinical coordinators. We offer comprehensive evaluations before surgery, and follow-up care after surgery that includes support groups, dietitian services, continuing education and regular visits with comprehensive monitoring. 

Stanley J. Rogers, M.D.
Professor & Interim Division Chief,
Division of General Surgery
Director, Bariatric Surgery Center & Liver Tumor Ablation Program

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