How Do I Become A Patient?

The following information can give you an idea of the criteria involved in becoming a bariatric surgery patient here at Town Surgery Center.

To schedule a consultation, or for further information on our bariatric surgery programs, please contact our Valencia, California-area practice.

Town Center Surgery Weight Loss Seminars

Join us for an educational seminar and meet our doctors.  Please call the office for available dates and times, 661-260-3021, or email us for more information. We look forward to meeting you soon.

All Seminars will be held at our office:

Town Center Surgery
24510 Town Center Drive, Suite 180
Valencia, CA 91355

Patient Selection

Patient selection is based on the recommendations established by the 1991 National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on “Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity” as endorsed by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

Initial criteria include:

Body Mass Index of 35 or higher, or as low as 30 with high-risk comorbid conditions such as:

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Adult Onset / Type-2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Recalcitrant obesity despite non-surgical weight loss methods

Subsequent criteria:

Acceptable psychological profile, including an understanding:

  • that surgery alone will not produce ideal weight loss
  • of life changes after surgery
  • of the need for lifelong medical surveillance


  • Absence of drug and alcohol abuse or dependence
  • Must demonstrate motivation
  • Evaluation by a multidisciplinary team including:
    • Primary Care Physician or Bariatrician
    • Registered Nutritionist
    • Mental Health Professional
    • Bariatric Surgeon

Multidisciplinary Approach

A patient who has met the initial criteria requirements then undergoes a multi-specialty and clinical evaluation.

Elements of Multispecialty Evaluation

  • Evaluation by a Bariatric Physician or Primary Care Physician
  • Nutritional Evaluation by a Bariatric Physician or Registered Dietician
  • Mental Health Evaluation
  • Specialty evaluations as indicated (Cardiology, Pulmonology, etc)
  • Cardiology and Pulmonary evaluation for al patients with age >60 or BMI>60

Elements of Clinical Evaluation

  • Laboratory evaluation (CBC, CMP, Lipid panel, UA, HCG)
  • EKG
  • Chest Radiograph
  • Upper Gastrointestinal series
  • Specialty tests if indicated (Echocardiogram, Stress testing, PFTs, etc.)

Please contact our bariatric surgeon for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

Driving Directions

Many of our patients seek our expertise and quality results in weight loss surgery from nearby cities. For your convenience, we have provided driving directions from the following locations: