Bariatric surgery

Change your life for the better with bariatric (weight-loss) surgery at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. You’ll be in the qualified, experienced hands of a team that’s performed more than 2,000 surgical weight-loss procedures.

Accredited bariatric care

Expect high-quality care from Community Hospital because we hold the following recognitions:

  • Accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, an honor we were among the first in the nation to earn
  • Blue Distinction Center+, awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna Bariatric Center of Excellence
  • UnitedHealth Group Optum Center of Excellence

These distinctions mean you benefit from:

  • Better patient outcomes, with lower complication rates and fewer hospital readmissions after surgery
  • Fellowship-trained, experienced weight-loss surgeons
  • A well-rounded team of professionals who care for all your health needs and follow strict standards to keep you safe

Exceptional weight-loss surgeons

You’ll receive treatment from Mark Vierra, MD, or Steven Chang, MD, both of whom completed fellowships — the highest level of training — in bariatric surgery. They’re both recognized by insurance providers for their quality of care, expertise, and excellent patient results, so you can trust them to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Your care team

Throughout your weight-loss journey, you’ll get support from a well-rounded team of experts, including:

  • Dietitian – Offers nutrition counseling to help you meet your weight-loss goals while getting all the nutrients you need
  • Physical therapist – Works with you to develop a personalized exercise plan to maintain weight loss after surgery and feel your best
  • Psychologist – Provides mental health care to prepare you for the lifestyle changes bariatric surgery involves

Start the process

Take the first step toward bariatric surgery by attending a free surgical weight-loss seminar. You’ll learn about:

After the seminar, if you decide you’re interested in surgery, you’ll then:

  • Meet one-on-one with a bariatric surgeon for a consultation
  • Receive nutrition counseling
  • Talk to a psychologist to make sure you’re emotionally ready for surgery
  • Get medical tests to check your overall health
  • Attend support groups, where you’ll have opportunities to talk to people who received bariatric surgery

Paying for weight-loss surgery

Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover bariatric surgery because it can improve your health. Call your insurance provider to find out what steps you must take before surgery to qualify for coverage.

Success stories

See how patients like you successfully lost weight through surgery, and learn from their advice.

Pinkie Weesner

Pinkie Weesner

Pinkie Weesner approached weight-loss surgery with a clear-eyed view of what it could — and couldn’t — do.

Read her story

John Fritz

John Fritz

John started gaining weight at age 7 or 8. As he got older, he'd lose 100 pounds and then gain 120.

Read his story

Gail Santillan

Gail Santillan

Gail had a daughter and then, three years later, triplet sons. She became overwhelmed and depressed and started eating more, which became a lifestyle.

Read her story

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Elizabeth had been having fatty liver issues, partly due to a lot of yo-yo dieting over the years. She could lose weight but would gain it back.

Read her story

Attend a free seminar

Sign up for a free group discussion led by a surgeon to learn essential information about bariatric surgery. Afterward, you can make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation.

Call us

To learn more about bariatric surgery, call (831) 649-0808.

Prepare for surgery

Learn what to expect when you have surgery at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

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