at Wittgrove Bariatric Center

Dr. Wittgrove and Wittgrove Bariatric Center are here to help you decide whether laparoscopic bariatric surgery is right for you and to provide dedicated and highly experienced care.

The Wittgrove Bariatric Center expertise in laparoscopic bariatric surgery is widely respected. Since 1987, Dr. Wittgrove has helped over 11,000 bariatric weight-loss patients with laparoscopic Bariatric procedures of all types, including his innovative gastric bypass techniques.

We are dedicated to bariatric surgery, as we truly feel that bariatric surgery is a specialty. Therefore we dedicate all our efforts toward serving the bariatric patient in every way. Our program offers a true mutli-disciplinary team of highly experienced Integrated Health Professionals. Today, we have a dedicated nursing team, psychologist, internist, insurance analysts, surgical coordinator, patient liaison, and fitness coordinator and we have patient support groups in Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Yuma, Alaska, as well as approximately twice per month at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.



We have been at the forefront in new technology and techniques. Learn about the different treatments.


We have performed over 4500 surgical procedures on bariatric patients. View some of our patient stories.


We offer in-person and virtual consultations. Get started by phone, email or form.


Severe Obesity is a chronic, life threatening, multifactorial disease of excess fat storage and inflammation that contributes to multiple health problems known as co-morbidities.

Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related co-morbidities that result either in significant physical disability or even premature death. As you read about morbid obesity you may also see the term “clinically severe obesity” used. Both are descriptions of the same condition and can be used interchangeably. Morbid obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. A person can also be considered Morbidly Obese with a BMI of 35-40 with certain serious co-morbidities. According to the National Institutes of Health Consensus Report, morbid ovesity is a serious disease and must be treated as such. It is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. Being a chronic disease, it also means it takes Chronic Treatment.


Answering this question may give you the courage you need to take the first step. Below are tools you can use to determine if you are morbidly obese and potentially a candidate for weight loss surgery.

There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity. You are likely morbidly obese if you are:

• More than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
• Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
• Have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
• Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting


“The minute Dr. Wittgrove walked in and said ‘hi,’ I immediately felt comfortable and safe. My initial feeling has not changed in the last year. To this day, I feel comfortable and like I am a part of the family there. The after care is amazing. I drive 200 miles round trip to san diego to see him once a month. I love the support group. I am so fortunate to be one of his surgical patients and a part of the Wittgrove bariatric family.”

– Melissa R.

“Hands down the very best in the world! People fly in from all over the world to have Dr. Wittgrove operate on them. (Famous and non-famous). He did my husbands gastric bypass 11 years ago and my husband is still doing great, and has had ZERO complications or issues. This is the best surgery for weight loss. Dr. Wittgrove has literally done thousands of these surgeries, all successful. I trust him completely. Highly recommend Wittgrove Bariatric. They are kind, they listen and really care about their patients. Look no further, you’ve found the very best!”

Sherri M.

“Dr. Wittgrove is absolutely the best surgeon to have Gastric bipass surgery. He is a very warm, friendly doctor who takes time to answer questions. He makes certain that one understands the changes you are going to experience. I did my research and found he performs more of these surgeries than any other physician. This is his life work, his specialty, not something that he “does on the side”. This combined with great office staff, available at any time to answer questions, makes Dr. Wittgrove the best surgeon to perform this life changing surgery!”

– C. Rich

What to Expect with Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

What does “laparoscopic” mean? What is the difference between “Lap-Band” and a “gastric bypass”? What can I expect the days after the surgery, and in the months and years to follow?

It’s possible you have thought about having weight loss surgery for some time, but it is a big decision and there is a lot to know. It is a life-changing choice and you should be well-informed. Sfkjsldjf ljfl fjsojf lsjfolsoj fsljfls dfjlsfj lsdjf lsdjflsd jflskjf lsjflsd fjlsdfj sldjf Sfkjsldjf ljfl fjsojf lsjfolsoj fsljfls dfjlsfj lsdjf lsdjflsd jflskjf lsjflsd fjlsdfj sldjf. Some things to learn about are:

Preparation for Surgery
Insurance Issues
Types of Surgery
The Hospital Stay
Life After Surgery
Diet & Exercise
Family Support

The Wittgrove Bariatric Center offers laparoscopic and open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Lap-Band and Stomaphyx procedures. Information on gastric bypass surgery, morbid obesity treatment, laparoscopic bypass surgery, and clinical weight loss. Dr. Alan Wittgrove, renowned gastric bypass/bariatric surgeon, is known as the father of laparoscopic gastric bypass. He performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the world in 1993 in San Diego, CA. The Wittgrove Center serves Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and surrounding areas, as well as El Centro, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad, Temecula, Yuma.

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