Understanding Bariatric And Metabolic Surgery

Bariatric and metabolic surgery both use the same procedures, but for different purposes.

  • Bariatric surgery is recommended for weight loss and is used when a patient has a goal to lose weight for personal reasons.
  • Metabolic surgery is recommended when weight loss is needed to correct or improve current health problems such as diabetes, cardiac disease, or infertility.


The different procedures will result in different degrees of weight loss, and will have different rates of success on different diseases.

Choosing The Best Weight Loss Solution

The truth is there are as many operations available as there are medications and new therapies are being developed all the time. Weight-loss surgery has been around for more than 50 years and has since evolved in terms of procedures offered and the way they're performed.

Our team of bariatric and metabolic surgeons is world-class, led by our Program Director Dr. Kelvin Higa, a former President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the International Federation for Surgical Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO).

Our staff is here to help you make the best decision for your needs and will be with you every step of your surgical journey.

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Saturday | 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital
15 East Audubon Drive
Fresno, CA 93720

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