Bariatric surgery at Kaiser Permanente medical offices
Bariatric surgery is a weight-loss option for certain persons who are severely overweight. If you are approved for this surgery, Kaiser Permanente can take you through the entire process — evaluation; surgery; and follow-up monitoring, nutrition counseling, and support.
Kaiser Permanente performs three types of bariatric surgeries: RNY (Roux-en-Y), also known as gastric bypass; the vertical sleeve gastrectomy; and the lap band. With the RNY gastric bypass, the stomach is surgically divided to create a small stomach pouch that will hold about 3 ounces of food. With the sleeve, about two-thirds of the stomach is removed, and capacity also is about 3 ounces of food. The lap band is a silicone band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to create a small pouch above the band. The band is adjusted in follow-up visits after the procedure.
Also see: Requesting bariatric surgery
Kaiser Permanente has been doing bariatric surgery since 1994. With time and experience, our program has evolved into a high volume bariatric surgery center with good outcomes and few complications.
Kaiser Permanente's program has been recognized as a "Center of Excellence" by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. These credentials recognize surgeons and health care facilities that provide safe, high-quality bariatric surgical care.
Kaiser Permanente staff will support you after surgery. While the most rapid weight loss occurs during the months after surgery, reaching your realistic healthy weight may take a year or two. In addition to routine follow-up appointments, you will work with dietitians to help you change the way that you eat. Kaiser Permanente encourages patients to participate in support groups before and after the surgery.
Care locations and appointments
Kaiser Permanente's Bariatric Surgery Program is based at our Bellevue Medical Center and works with patients across the state.
If you are interested in bariatric surgery, the first step is to make an appointment with your primary care physician. Your personal physician can submit a referral to Bellevue Bariatric Surgery. The referral will be routed by the bariatric clinic to Kaiser Permanente's Clinical Review Unit for review and processing.
If you have questions about your health plan's coverage for bariatric surgery, contact Member Services.