Our goal is to restore the quality of life for patients suffering from obesity. With the support of our surgical weight loss program, patients regain hope, enjoyment of everyday life and confidence. If you suffer from obesity and have been unable to lose weight or keep it off despite following a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, bariatric surgery may be an option for you.

If you have questions, please call our bariatric nurses. They are here to support you and answer any questions you have as you consider bariatric surgery, during your procedure and at any time after. You can reach them at (408) 559-2514 .

Our surgical weight loss program is nationally accredited. Good Samaritan Hospital is an American College of Surgeons MBSAQIP Accredited Center (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program). Our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery  (ASMBS) and our bariatric nurses have specialty certifications in this area. Our surgeons have performed more than 2,250 weight loss surgeries.

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

As part of our bariatric surgery program, we utilize a multidisciplinary team approach that offers:

  • Extensive pre and post-surgery education
  • Pre-operative information calls
  • Pre and post-operative support groups
  • Private rooms
  • Family support

Every year, more than 300,000 individuals in the U.S. choose to undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight, improve their health and increase their quality of life. We understand making an informed decision to proceed with weight loss surgery may be difficult. The procedures most commonly performed at our hospital include:

Gastric bypass utilizes stapling to create a small pouch that is derived from the larger portion of the stomach. An outlet is created in the gastric pouch that connects to a portion of the small intestine that is brought up from the lower abdomen, ultimately bypassing the remainder of the stomach and upper small intestine.

Typically, this surgery will last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. After the surgery, you will be expected to remain in the hospital for one to two days. You should be able to return to normal activities within two to three weeks, as long as there are no major complications.

Gastric bypass can reduce the risk of weight-related health problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

The gastric sleeve procedure, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. This is a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure that divides the stomach lengthwise resulting in a much smaller stomach capacity. This procedure decreases the volume which can be consumed. Through alteration of gastrointestinal hormones, the procedure allows for metabolic benefits like suppression of hunger, elevation of food satiety and improvement in blood sugar.

Gastric sleeve surgery lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. You will be expected to stay in the hospital overnight. You should be able to return to normal activities within two to three weeks, as long as there are no major complications.

Gastric sleeve surgery can reduce the risk of weight-related health problems like:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

Read about Matt, a real life Good Samaritan patient who underwent bariatric surgery. 

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

  • Those with a BMI of 40 or greater
  • Those with a BMI of 35-40 with significant weight-related health problems
  • Those who have tried other medically managed weight loss programs without success
  • Those who are ready to comply with the lifelong post-operative care and lifestyle changes that these procedures demand