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
What to Expect
At the Stanford BMI Clinic, we offer comprehensive weight loss solutions. Whether you choose bariatric surgery or medical weight loss, you can count on customized, high-quality care from our expert team, who coaches you every step of the way.
Our introductory seminars offer a great opportunity to learn about weight loss and bariatric surgery. Call us at 650-736-5800 to schedule a consultation or to learn when our next introductory seminar is taking place.
Helping you take control of your weight, health and lifestyle starts with keeping you informed on what to expect. Learn more:
If you’re considering bariatric surgery, you probably have a lot of questions about how the process works. Our program includes:
Coordination with your primary care provider. If you’re a candidate for surgery, you’ll need to get a referral from your primary care provider or specialist requiring that you need to lose weight. We will communicate regularly with your referring physician regarding your progress, medication status, and more.
Medical weight loss as a first step. We believe everyone benefits from preoperative weight loss and we can help you meet that goal as we know there are challenges. A bariatric surgery candidate can participate in our medical weight loss program for up to six months prior to surgery depending on your insurance company’s requirement.
Comprehensive medical assessment. We will obtain a thorough health history from you, including information about your attitudes toward food and eating. We also will order an array of lab work and other tests to identify potential underlying medical conditions.
Dedicated bariatric dietician. Your dietician will work with you before and after the procedure to help you learn how to adjust your eating habits for life after bariatric surgery.
Sessions with a psychologist. Our psychologists specialize in eating issues. They will work with you to help you understand what triggers your overeating.
Ongoing care. After bariatric surgery, you’ll continue to work with our experts to make the lifestyle changes required for the operation to be a success.
Support groups. Exchange advice and encouragement with others who have gone through bariatric surgery.
What to expect with Medical Weight Loss
Our comprehensive medical weight loss program delivers truly tailored care based on your unique health needs. When you enter our program, you can expect:
Convenient scheduling. On your very first visit, you’ll meet with all of your personal team members: your physician, your dietician, and your psychologist. No need to make multiple appointments at various locations.
Thorough health assessment. We will evaluate your health from many angles, including:
Complete medication inventory
Blood chemistry labs
Body composition analysis
Evaluation of stress level
Review of systems for possible medical cause of weight gain
Review of obesity-related conditions to be addressed
Possible referral to the Gait Analysis Clinic to tailor an activity program
Personalized medicine. We will use all the information we gather to tailor a weight-loss plan just for you.
Multi-disciplinary approach. Your weight loss program will consist of a combination of interventions, including medical, dietary, psychological, and anything else we believe will help you achieve your goals. For instance, our weight loss clinic includes a dedicated sleep therapist.
Complete medical management. Your BMI Clinic physician will monitor all of your co-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, for example) and adjust your medications as you lose weight. You do not need to manage this separately through your primary care provider.
Moral support. No matter how much weight you need to lose, we stand ready to celebrate your accomplishments and help you get through the challenges. Our support groups offer you the chance to give and receive advice and encouragement.
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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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