Our Medically Assisted Weight-loss Program allows you to undergo minimally invasive surgery or prescription medication guided by an experienced interdisciplinary team dedicated to helping you achieve a healthier life. 

There are many considerations for a patient evaluating whether to have bariatric surgery, and our Weight-loss Surgery Program coordinator can help answer many of your questions. 

Guided by Weight-loss Program Director Dr. Farida Bounoua, FACS, the bariatric surgery is performed at Lompoc Valley Medical Center with required medical exams and evaluations completed at our Lompoc Health facilities. 

Depending on several factors, Dr. Bounoua or Dr. Christopher Taglia may perform one of two surgical procedures to help you achieve your weight-loss objective – the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. 

We provide extensive pre-operative testing, guidance, and education. Following your surgery, we equip you with tools such as nutrition navigation and support groups. 

Our experienced multi-disciplinary Weight-loss Surgery Program team can be reached by calling (805) 737-3382 or emailing ortegama@lompocvmc.com

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Am I A Candidate For Weight-loss Surgery?

Our Weight-Loss Surgery Program will focus on patients between the ages of 18 to 65. Depending on many factors, females with a BMI of 60 or less may be considered for surgery, while in general, males with a BMI of 55 or less may be considered. Patients with other obesity-related health issues, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension, may qualify for bariatric surgery with approximate BMIs of 35-44. 

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Am I a Candidate for Prescription Weight-loss

To qualify for medical weight loss, patients need to have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 or greater than 27 with weight-associated medical concerns such as hypertension, diabetes or sleep apnea. BMI is a measure of weight concerning the height and defines when someone is overweight or obese. People who have a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight.

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Considering Medically Assisted Weight Loss?

Schedule a Consultation

Call our Weight-Loss Program Coordinator M. Cristina Ortega, RN, at (805) 737-3382 to schedule a no-commitment, free, one-on-one consultation.

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The Impact of Obesity 

Obesity is a clinical term used to describe someone who is overweight. Many patients considering bariatric surgery have spent years struggling with weight issues. They may have tried diets, exercise, medications, and more without lasting results. Surgery to aid with weight loss and education on ongoing lifestyle changes is now an option at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. 

The rates of obesity in the United States qualify it as a public health crisis, with estimates of about 40 percent of adults, or about 93 million people, classified as obese in recent rankings. The World Health Organization recognizes that obesity is not caused by overeating and lack of self-control. Obesity is now considered a chronic and progressive disease that stems from varied environmental and genetic factors. 

Healthcare providers use Body Mass Index, or BMI, as a screening tool to determine a person’s body size by combining weight and height. The results can determine whether a person can be classified as obese. A ‘normal’ BMI is considered to be 18.5 to 24.9. A person with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and those with a BMI higher than 30 are considered obese, severely obese, or morbidly obese, depending on the calculation. 

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Benefits of Medically Assisted Weight-Loss 

For those who have struggled with weight, weight loss surgery benefits may involve more than just an immediate loss of pounds on the scale. There may be significant health improvements and a change in societal attitudes, improvements of self-esteem, reduction of depressive symptoms, and more. Various medical studies related to bariatric surgery have also tallied the potential for the decline in other medical problems or concerns, such as:  

  • 83 % of Diabetes (Type 2) is resolved. 
  • 52-92 % of high blood pressure is resolved. 
  • 82 % risk reduction in heart disease 
  • Up to 63% of high cholesterol is resolved 
  • 72-98% of Acid Reflux is resolved 
  • 74-98% of Sleep Apnea is resolved 
  • 79% resolution of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) 
  • 95% of patients report an improvement in Quality of Life