Bariatric surgery, and the lifestyle changes required to achieve your desired outcome, requires a serious commitment on your part. But your commitment also comes with a promise from the Bariatric and Metabolic Interdisciplinary Clinic (BMI Clinic) to do everything we can to help you succeed. Stanford's Bariatric Surgery Clinic is the first Center of Excellence in Northern California to achieve Level 1A certification by the American College of Surgeons.
Care and Treatment of Bariatric and Metabolic Disorders
Programs and Services
Support along the way
Losing weight takes a strong commitment on your part, and undergoing weight loss surgery as a significant part of a weight loss program, is a major undertaking. While it's something you can do alone, there's absolutely no reason you have to – or should. We've found that to be truly successful both in the short- and long-term, it's best to have plenty of help and support along the way. And not just from your family and friends.
The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery offers you the opportunity to participate in numerous meetings and support groups before and after surgery to help contribute to your successful outcome. The different groups provide a friendly forum for people who are considering or have already had weight loss surgery. We offer education about the surgery, guidelines for nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being during the preparation and recovery process. The groups also involve our patients who have gone through the procedures, or who will be soon.
Patient groups are particularly helpful as they can share their experiences and provide the encouragement and reinforcement you need to succeed in changing your lifestyle behaviors. Here is a sampling of some of the meetings and groups at your disposal. Feel free to contact us regarding any of them.
The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery provides patients and their families with ongoing support before, during and after their surgery. Here's a sampling:
Meets twice a month to review dietary requirements and medical requirements pertaining to your upcoming surgery. Conducted by the RN and dietician.
Patients are seen in clinic at 2 weeks, 3 months , 6 months, 1 year and annually thereafter. We highly encourage and desire patients to continue with life-long bariatric follow-up and support.
Join our Facebook group
The Bariatric Surgery Facebook Group is an online tool for any prospective or post-surgery patients, their friends and family. The Group page is a forum for group members to share stories, view videos, get information, and give support, and is accessible any time of day. Nutrition and exercise tips, online discussions, and news items are available. The page is monitored by Bariatric Surgery at Stanford staff.
Obese people have less sensitive taste buds than normal-weight people, but bariatric surgery may increase their taste sensitivity in addition to helping them shed pounds, finds new research from Stanford University School of Medicine.
Drug-induced obesity added to Jena Graves' existing health problems. Bariatric surgery reduced her weight and need for medication, and increased her confidence.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Diagnostic tests completed within six months prior to surgery
Bring or mail ahead of time the results of your diagnostic tests, your completed Patient Questionnaire and Food Diary. You can also receive a copies of forms from our New Patient Coordinator at650-736-7102.
Tip: We receive hundreds of faxes daily. Please send any information via overnight mail services so that you will have a tracking number and will allow us to securely receive your paperwork, labs and consultations.
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HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
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