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Options at Kaiser Permanente

Options is Kaiser Permanente’s metabolic and bariatric surgery preparation and support program. It was designed with members and health care professionals to both prepare you for surgery and support you long term.

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What is metabolic and bariatric surgery and how does it work?

Metabolic and bariatric surgery includes a variety of surgical procedures that support weight loss and overall health improvement.

Surgery is just a tool. Tools are only as effective as you allow them to be. On average, you will see the greatest effects within the first 18 months after surgery. After that, the ability to maintain weight loss will depend on long-term lifestyle changes (sleep, physical activity, healthy eating, and mental health).

How surgery works and the different surgeries offered

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Am I eligible for surgery and what other options do I have?

For your safety, there are a few guidelines to make sure you are eligible for metabolic and bariatric surgery at Kaiser Permanente. Your health care team (primary care doctor or specialist) will be able to assess your eligibility and provide you with the appropriate referral to the Options program orientation.

We encourage members who do not meet the surgical guidelines to consider our other weight management programs.

Other weight management programs

What does the metabolic and bariatric surgery journey look like at Kaiser Permanente?

The Options program has four components, all designed to support you throughout your entire journey.

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A comprehensive website designed to provide trusted information for all things metabolic and bariatric surgery at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

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Wellness Coaching
by Phone

Phone coaching for members both before and after surgery.

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A 10-week workshop series to help prepare you physically for a safe and effective surgery.

Support group


Professional and peer support to provide continued skill-building before surgery and long after.

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