Weight loss surgeons in San Jose, California
At Good Samaritan Hospital, we provide patients with advanced surgical solutions for weight loss. Our bariatric team is here to walk alongside you, from surgery preparation to recovery. We also provide support services for patients before and after their weight loss procedure.
To learn more about our bariatric surgery services, call (408) 559-2514.
We are an Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Our accredited weight loss program
We are proud to be an Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). In addition, our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and our nurses are specially certified in bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of weight-related health problems like:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Severe sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
Our program provides patients with:
- Extensive educational resources for surgery preparation and recovery
- Preoperative information calls
- Private rooms
- Weight loss support groups
Determining if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery
We will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery. According to the ASMBS, to qualify for bariatric surgery individuals must have:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or more than 100 pounds overweight
- A BMI of 35 to 40 with significant weight-related health problems
- Tried other medically managed weight loss programs without success
Before bariatric surgery, it's also important that you are prepared to follow the lifelong post-care and lifestyle changes that these procedures demand.
Types of bariatric surgery we offer
Once we have determined that you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, we will work with you to decide which type of procedure is best for you. We offer gastric bypass and gastric sleeve weight loss procedures.
During gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon will staple a portion of your stomach to create a small pouch. The new stomach pouch is connected to the small intestine, which allows food to bypass the remainder of the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine.
The gastric sleeve procedure, also called vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery at our hospital. This is a minimally invasive, laparoscopic procedure that divides the stomach lengthwise, which greatly reduces the stomach's food capacity.
This procedure decreases the amount of food that can be consumed. It also suppresses hunger by decreasing ghrelin (the hormone responsible for hunger).
After bariatric surgery
After surgery, you can expect to be 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.
Bariatric support resources
We know how important it is to get support before and after bariatric surgery. We offer many different support group options to meet your individual needs.
Weight loss surgery support groups
Our hospital hosts support groups open to individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery and those who are considering their weight loss options. The groups are led by bariatric specialists and give participants an opportunity to ask questions and support one another on their weight loss journey.
Our groups meet on the:
- Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
- Fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
For more information about our bi-monthly support group, please call (408) 559-2514.
Additional support resources
Bariatric Support Centers International (BSCI) offers bariatric support groups on a weekly basis. This group provides education and support for individuals interested in bariatric surgery or people who are assessing their weight loss options. Bilingual options are also available. Learn more about BSCI's telephonic support group.
Support groups at other locations across the U.S. can be found at Obesity Help.