About the Program
At the heart of our program is a multidisciplinary approach to help our patients achieve successful long-term weight loss. Our team of endocrinologists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and surgeons work alongside patients to create a personal weight loss plan. This collaboration helps patients maintain weight-loss results and achieve long-term improvements for metabolic disorders.
The program is led by world-renowned surgeons who have published more than 350 papers and book chapters. Our team focuses on the evaluation and treatment of severe morbid obesity and the complications associated with conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, degenerative disc disease, sleep apnea and hyperlipidemia.
The reputation of our program has earned us numerous accolades, including being named a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Comprehensive Center and receiving the Center of Excellence distinction from Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna and Health Net, among others. Ours is one of the few programs in Southern California to have received the highest ratings from national independent health-care rating organizations based on quality and outcomes.
As an academic medical center, we take care to be clear with our patients about the costs for our services. Our patient navigators work with patients to help them fully understand their financial options and the requirements of their insurance carriers.
Unlike other bariatric surgery offerings that charge patients a “program fee” in addition to surgical fees to cover the nutritional, medical, and psychiatric care required for successful long-term weight loss, there is no additional or hidden cost for the support of our multidisciplinary team.
The key ingredient for long-term achievement: Exceptional support.
Successful weight loss surgery involves far more than the surgeon’s exceptional skill. It requires changes in diet and lifestyle and even changes in the way patients think about themselves, who they can be, and what they can achieve.
One of the reasons Keck Medicine of USC’s metabolic and bariatric surgery program has achieved recognition as a Center of Excellence is the emphasis the entire team places on patient education, support and empowerment. USC Bariatric Surgery Program patients can see Keck Medicine surgeons at both Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in La Cañada.
The knowledge patients want, right from the start
The program starts out well before any surgical consultation by ensuring that every potential patient has the information he or she needs to make the best possible decisions. All prospective patients must attend a free seminar hosted by USC physicians to make sure they fully understand their surgical and non-surgical weight loss options. Attendees are able to ask questions and hear directly about the experiences of successful patients — from the challenges to the triumphs.
These free seminars are held in two locations for the convenience of the prospective patients, at the Pasadena Hilton and at Keck Hospital. A full schedule can be viewed here.
Support every step of the way
Bariatric surgery patients face more than the physical challenges of getting back into action after a procedure. There are the emotional challenges of establishing and committing to new habits and the social challenges of friends or family members reacting in surprising ways to new achievements. Our surgeons, nurses, social workers and dietitians create a unique health plan for each patient. Keck Medicine also offers a monthly support group so patients can talk about their concerns and triumphs with people who understand exactly what they’re going through.
Real results, real people
We have performed several thousand procedures with best outcomes and no mortalities following laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures.
Patient I: Before and After
It’s about long-term health
Recent published data in the New England Journal of Medicine (1,2) has shown that weight-loss surgeries, in particular laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve procedures, are more effective than medical therapies in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in the morbidly obese patient. In certain cases where the diabetes has been recently diagnosed, it is possible to discontinue all medications after successful surgery.
Ref: 1-N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1577-1585
2-N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1567-1576