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Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley has established the MemorialCare Surgical Weight Loss Center, including a weight–loss surgery program designed for people who are 75 pounds or more overweight. 

From our highly skilled, experienced surgeons, to our caring support team of nutritionists, psychologists and others, the MemorialCare Surgical Weight Loss Center offers you everything you need to help you on your way to weight-loss surgery success.

What is the difference between obesity and severe obesity?

Obesity is generally defined as excessive weight due to the accumulation of fat, above 20 percent of an individual’s ideal body weight based on age, gender and height.

An individual is considered morbidly obese when he or she weighs 75 pounds or more above the ideal weight, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. A BMI of 35 or greater is considered severe obesity. Generally, a person must be about 75 pounds overweight to be severely obese. The BMI is calculated by dividing an individual’s weight in kilograms by the square of his/her height in meters. Learn More.

Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery candidacy depends on each individual and their specific evaluation. However, each possible candidate will need to meet the following criteria to be accepted for a weight loss surgery procedure:

  • Proven previous efforts at weight loss that include mainstream dieting and/or exercise programs. No “fad” diets will be accepted.
  • Willing to make necessary changes in eating habits and a pledged motivation towards weight loss.
  • Absence of medical problems that would make surgery and/or anesthesia hazardous.
  • Usually between the age of 18-70. Patients will be accepted on a case-by-case basis at an age outside of this range.
  • At least 75 pounds over the recommended weight for your age, height and gender or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or 35 or greater with certain co-morbidities, such as hypertension, diabetes or sleep apnea.

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Lose Inches. Gain Hope.

For people who are more than 75 pounds overweight, traditional dieting is successful only two percent of the time. But, there is a way that works–the skilled surgeons and strong support team at the MemorialCare Surgical Weight Loss Center. Our program offers a far more successful surgical solution to traditional dieting. Best of all, our patients love it because it works.

We start months before the actual surgical weight-loss procedure, helping to motivate, encourage and guide you. And after surgery, we continue to lead and support you on your journey to ultimate weight–loss surgery success and improved health.

A Reputation for Quality

The team of highly skilled surgeons has performed successful weight–loss surgery procedures for more than 20 years. That’s why our weight-loss surgery success rate is second to none…as high as 80 percent. Take the first step on a wonderful new path to renewed health and happiness.



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