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Bariatric Surgery Options

The Sansum Clinic Bariatric Surgery Center offers a full range of safe and effective weight-loss procedures, helping severely obese men and women in the Santa Barbara region enjoy a new lease on life. While bariatric surgery is not a quick fix, it can be part of a comprehensive plan to help you find lasting weight-loss success, relieve problems caused or worsened by obesity, and jump start a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery: Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Our board-certified surgeon, Marc Zerey, MD, specializes in minimally invasive weight loss surgery. Performed laparoscopically, these techniques require just a few small incisions compared to traditional open surgery. For you, that may offer several benefits, including less pain and scarring, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Dr. Zerey’s weight loss surgical specialties include:

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery: "Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass surgery is considered the gold standard surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). It involves making a thumb size pouch out of the stomach and connecting the intestines to the new, smaller stomach. The intestines are reconnected down-stream so that less nutrient absorption occurs.
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: This procedure involves stapling the stomach to create a vertical sleeve, which then empties into the small intestine. Approximately 75% of the stomach is removed, limiting caloric intake and promoting weight loss.
  • Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch: This procedure, reserved for the most severely, morbidly obese patients, results in more weight loss than other bariatric option. It works in two parts: first, a smaller, tubular stomach pouch is created by removing a portion of the stomach, similar to the sleeve gastrectomy; second, a large portion of the small intestine is bypassed.
  • Revisional Surgery: This procedure corrects complications and failures in previous weight loss surgeries. Approximately 10-25% of all bariatric patients require a revisional procedure due to weight regain, surgical complications or a device malfunction.

Learn more about the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery.

Personalized Support Every Step of the Way

As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, we offer all the education and support you need on your weight loss journey. That includes nutritional counseling before and after surgery, ongoing medical monitoring and monthly support groups to help keep you on the path to lasting success.

Could Weight Loss Surgery Work for You?

If you think you may be a candidate for a life-changing bariatric procedure, join us for a free orientation hosted by Dr. Zerey. He’ll walk through the different types of procedures and what the benefits, risks and typical results you can expect with each.

Call (805) 898-3472 or save your spot at an upcoming weight loss surgery orientation.