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Bariatric surgery program receives Centers of Excellence status

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Bariatric Surgery is a surgical weight loss procedure offered by Adventist Health Castle. With over 2,000 cases performed, Adventist has established a transparent record of safety and is ready to assist anyone looking to begin their weight loss journey.

“Our program was started in 2006. From the very beginning, we designed our program to provide comprehensive management to bariatric patients with a focus to provide the highest caliber of care,” says Dr. Steven Fowler. “We continue to address surgery in a coordinated fashion, incorporating a safe operation with dietary, exercise, behavioral health, and a commitment to long term follow up.”

Adventist’s bariatric surgery program is one of the first in the state to receive the Centers of Excellence status by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2009.

“We have had continuous certification ever since. This certification has evolved into the MBSAQIP designation, which is overseen by the American College of Surgeons,” Fowler says. “We are one of only three programs in the state that hold this certification. We are also the only program in the state that holds the Comprehensive Center with Adolescent designation. In addition, HMSA has certified us with the Blue Cross Center of Distinction designation. We are the only program in the state that holds this designation.”

People are doing these operations not only for weight loss, but also to treat their diabetes. 90 percent of Type 2 diabetes is attributable to excess body fat. Prevalence is about 10 percent for U.S. population and 25 percent of people with severe obesity. Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of death. 10 percent of all health care dollars is attributed to diabetes.

If someone is interested in learning more about metabolic bariatric surgery, there are a variety of resources. You can talk with your primary care doctor or research reputable internet sources such as ASMBS and ACS. There are also informational sessions put on by bariatric surgeons, such as Adventist’s free monthly Zoom Meetings. If you are interested in the program, you can visit or call 263-5176 to speak with a team member.

About Adventist Health Castle

Adventist Health Castle is part of Adventist Health, a not-for-profit health system operating in California, Hawai’i and Oregon. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist legacy of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 23 hospitals with more than 3,100 beds, 18,300 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, 16 home care agencies and three joint venture retirement centers.

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