Bariatric Surgery at Scripps Mercy Hospital

Helping thousands of patients through weight-loss surgery

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Helping thousands of patients through weight-loss surgery

The Scripps Mercy Hospital Center for Bariatric Surgery in central San Diego is the region’s oldest program accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).


The skilled surgeons at the nearby Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery, Fourth Avenue, have performed more than 17,000 bariatric surgeries at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and have changed the lives of people affected by obesity.

Why choose us

The partnership between Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and Scripps Clinic spans many decades and provides unique support to patients, including introductory informational sessions, pre- and post-surgical consultations, community resources and continued lifelong support with counseling, education and support groups.


Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery, Fourth Avenue, has a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. As an MBSAQIP-Accredited Comprehensive Center for bariatric surgery, the practice meets the strict criteria for safety, low complication rates, dedication to comprehensive follow-up for patients and documentation of high success rates with post-surgical weight loss. Only a handful of bariatric surgeons in California have achieved such a distinctive honor.

Who is eligible for bariatric surgery?

If you have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 or a BMI of 35-40 with co-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, the U.S. National Institute of Health recommends bariatric surgery. Research also indicates bariatric surgery may be appropriate for individuals with a BMI of 35-40 with no co-existing medical conditions.

Why should you consider bariatric surgery?

Obesity is a debilitating disease that affects much more than the number on the scale. It’s a physical, emotional and social burden. For many, morbid obesity has become a way of life — something that diets, medication and exercise cannot change.


Bariatric surgery achieves weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy) or by surgically removing and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).

What to expect

Before surgery, Scripps Clinic strives to make patients feel comfortable with special in-office touches such as furniture and equipment they can fit into comfortably, hospital gowns in larger sizes and a clinically accurate scale designed to accommodate up to 880 lbs.


Bariatric surgery and immediate post-operative care is offered at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, a full-service, acute-care facility in San Diego. In their newly refurbished rooms, patients receive care and support from Scripps Mercy Hospital’s dedicated staff who are specially trained to meet the unique needs of the patient throughout their hospital stay.