Award-Winning Weight Loss Surgery

A balanced diet and daily exercise are the best way to shed extra pounds, but when patients face severe obesity and dieting has proven futile, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank offers an award-winning bariatrics program.

Led by surgeon Philippe Quilici, this surgical weight-loss program has, for the last three years, ranked among the nation’s top 5 percent for quality. Bariatrics includes LapBand surgery, gastric bypass and other procedures. 

Providence Saint Joseph is one of just 10 hospitals in California and one of 24 hospitals nationally to achieve the Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award from Healthgrades, a leading consumer healthcare website.  The program also was the first in Southern California to receive certifications from both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“Bariatric surgery vastly improves the health of patients who have battled obesity, and we are proud to be recognized for delivering the highest quality of care,” said Dr. Quilici, medical director of the hospital’s bariatrics program. “We have created a comprehensive program, addressing patients’ individual needs and providing counseling and follow-up.          

In addition to causing significant long-term weight loss, bariatric surgery has been shown to reverse common complications of obesity, including type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and cardiovascular silent killers such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. These benefits improve patients’ quality of life and overall health, and reduce their risks of heart disease, stroke and early death. Bariatric surgery may also reduce future healthcare costs.

The Providence Saint Joseph bariatrics program offers a team approach that includes surgeons, weight-loss specialists, dieticians, counselors and others who help patients understand the commitment necessary to ensure success. 

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