After meeting the program requirements for bariatric surgery, please request an appointment with a surgeon at the UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center. You will be asked to submit a medical history questionnaire and undergo several tests. You and your primary care doctor will receive letters identifying the tests you must complete.
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Blood studies including a complete blood count (CBC), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), cortisol, creatinine, electrolytes, prolactin and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Cardiac catheterization
- Chest X-ray
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Pap smear
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Pulmonary function tests
- Treadmill stress test if able to exercise or persantine thallium scan
- Evaluation and clearance by mental health care professional such as psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist†
- Evaluation and clearance by cardiologist or heart specialist†
- Evaluation and clearance by pulmonologist or lung specialist†
- Evaluation and clearance by a registered dietition
- Documentation of weight loss (5 percent to 10 percent of body weight) by primary care doctor
† Please note that the evaluations must contain wording that clears the patient for surgery.
After completing the required tests, please mail all the results in one envelope addressed to the Bariatric Surgery Program:
UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor, Room A-655
San Francisco, CA 94143-0338
An appointment will be scheduled with your surgeon to plan your operation.
Other Important Points
Throughout this process, any change in your health will be reviewed by our selection committee, which is comprised of doctors and nurses. Your candidacy will continually be reassessed and further medical work-up may be required.
If you smoke, you must stop smoking at least one month prior to your surgery to decrease the incidence of post-operative complications.
Please notify us of any changes in your insurance status. Your eligibility for this procedure also depends upon adequate insurance coverage for medications after discharge. Before final clearance for surgery, we will request verification of coverage from your insurance plan.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Dietary Guidelines After Bariatric Surgery
It is very important to follow the recommended dietary guidelines after undergoing bariatric surgery. Find general guidelines for fluids, protein and more here.
Eligibility for Weight Loss Surgery
To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must weigh less than 450 lbs. because that's the max weight that hospital X-ray equipment can accommodate. Learn more.
Life After Bariatric Surgery
The UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center offers comprehensive follow-up care, including a support group, dietitian and education to help you achieve long-term success.
Recovering from Bariatric Surgery
Patients spend an average of two to five days in the hospital following bariatric surgery, or longer if complications develop. Learn more here.
Bariatric Surgery Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Weight Management Program
1701 Divisadero St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94143