Gaining Health with Weight-Loss Surgery

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Weight-Loss Surgery, Diabetes
Gaining Health with Weight-Loss Surgery

Gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries help thousands of men and women achieve long-term weight loss to cure obesity. Patients not only lose weight, but achieve a longer expectancy and avoid more than 30 medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and obstructive sleep apnea.

Peter LePort, MD, medical director of the MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Medical Center, has devoted three decades of his career to weight- loss surgeries. He has performed more than 4,000 bariatric procedures, and program surgeons have preformed more then 14,000 procedures, for patients who are 75 pounds or more overweight. 

“It’s not about simply changing your appearance. Significant weight loss transforms your health. Unlike any other medical or surgical intervention, bariatric surgery can treat and reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes,” says Dr LePort. “Diabetic patients often take two to three medications, including insulin. After surgery, patients take fewer or no medication at all.”

Expert Care, Dramatic Results

More than a third of U.S. adults and a quarter of Californians are obese. For the vast majority of these people, diet and exercise alone are not enough for sustained success.

Gastric bypass surgery is considered the “gold standard” of bariatric surgery. The procedure limits the size of the stomach so patients eat less and feel full sooner. Patients often lose – and keep off – 50 to 90 percent of their excess weight. Optimal results occur when patients follow surgery with healthy eating patterns and regular exercise.

The MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Medical Center is designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Through state-of-the art technology, including robot-assisted surgery, skilled bariatric surgeons perform minimally invasive weight-loss procedures for the best possible patient outcomes. From nutrition classes to pre- and post-operative sessions, as well as weekly support groups, patients have a broad spectrum of resources available for lifelong guidance.

“Surgery is only the first step. Lifestyle modification is key,” says Dr. LePort. “Our multidisciplinary approach to care includes a team of nutritionists and counselors to help shift our patients’ mindset to that of well-being.”

Is it for You?

You may be a candidate. To consult with one of our specialists, call 1-877-HEALTHY or request a consultation online.

Physicians Weight Management Center

The Physicians Weight Management Center, located in the Orange Coast Medical Center Patient Care Pavilion, offers comprehensive, medically supervised weight management using non-surgical and surgical solutions for overweight and obese individuals, and is covered by most insurance plans. “This is the first medically monitored weight management program of its kind in Orange County,” says Dr. LePort. “Their individualized approach involves one-on-one support to help men and women reach and maintain their weight-loss goals and lead healthier lives.”

Scale Up Your Screening

To gain a thorough understanding of body composition, the center uses Body 520 Body Composition Scale (BCS). This advanced screening tool provides a thorough analysis of each patient’s calorie metabolism so that weight loss professionals can prescribe a customized dietary and lifestyle plan.

Call the Physicians Weight Management Center for a complimentary consultation at (714) 912-9380.

Featured physician:

Peter C. LePort, MD

Medical Director, MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Medical Center
  • Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery