Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric, General & Laparoscopic Surgeon serving Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.

Bariatric Surgery.

Bariatric Surgery services offered in Sacramento, CA

Bariatric surgery can reduce your risk of premature death by up to 50%.  Without bariatric care, the average woman who is morbidly obese will lose 8-10 years off her life expectancy, while men will lose 10-12 years. When you’re ready to schedule bariatric surgery, you need the most reputable and experienced surgeon — and that’s where Steven Patching, MD, and his team of experts come in. Dr. Patching runs the longest-standing private practice bariatric program in the Sacramento, California, area. His practice was the first bariatric program in the United States  to receive accreditation from the American Society for Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery in 1999. The practice has one of the lowest complication rates nationwide, and they’re ready to guide you now. Call the office or book your appointment online now.   

Bariatric Surgery Q&A

What are the bariatric surgery options?

Weight loss (bariatric) surgery can take several forms, including: 

Gastric bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass divides your stomach, eaving your stomach effectively about the size of an egg: you will feel fuller and satisfied with a much smaller amount of food.  The procedure also reroutes your small intestine, which decreases the absorbtion of calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) removes about 80% of your stomach and gives the stomach a banana shape. Your small intestine is unaffected. Sleeve gastrectomy can decrease hunger and increase fullness effectively.


The Lap-Band procedure places an adjustable silicone device around the uppermost portion of the stomach. It effectively reduces the amount you can eat, and leads to a feeling of early fullness.  Dr. Patching can adjust or remove your Lap-Band if your needs change.  

Dr. Patching also offers revision procedures for people who didn’t get the results they wanted from a previous surgery.

With all bariatric surgery, Dr. Patching and the team emphasize improved lifestyle changes as the path to weight loss success and sustained results. 

How do I prepare for bariatric surgery?

Dr. Patching and the team help you prepare in several important ways. Education about your surgery and how it works is crucial in preparing for it, and chosing which operation is right for you.

Dr. Patching recommends a specific diet to help you prepare, usually a high-protein and low-calorie diet. Before your surgery, you’ll start taking Thorne® supplements, which are specially formulated for the needs of bariatric surgery patients.  Dr. Patching's program is specially developed to show you how to eat healthier, and not make this change difficult for you.  The process does not involve dieting, which simply does not work for the morbidly obese patient.

What are the health benefits of bariatric surgery?

Losing a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery offers many advantages, including improvement or even reversal of chronic conditions. 

For example, 85% of people with Type 2 diabetes experience disease remission, and 65% of people with hypertension (high blood pressure) achieve normal blood pressure, with both groups being able to come off their medications.

You can also achieve reductions or cessation of symptoms connected to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. 

Many bariatric surgery patients feel they have a new start in life, with more energy and improved self-esteem. Dr. Patching's program also offers patients struggling with stubborn cellulite in-house Venus Legacy™ and Vivace® radiofrequency microneedling to fine-tune results and help them love how they look, and help them tighter their skin without surgery.

With extensive specialized bariatric surgery experience, Dr. Patching and the team can guide you through bariatric surgery, from prep to maintaining your results. Call the office or book your consultation through online scheduling now.

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