Wittgrove Bariatric Center

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Wittgrove Bariatric Center
12865 Pointe Del Mar Way
Suite 130
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-350-4700
tmartinezrn@lapbypass.com


Dr. Alan Wittgrove
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgeon

Meet the Father of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery

Dr. Alan Wittgrove, our program Medical Director, is known as the father of laparoscopic gastric bypass: he performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the world as primary surgeon in 1993. This was performed right here in San Diego, California. Dr Wittgrove is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He served 10 years in the Navy and has been doing bariatric surgery since he set up his private practice in San Diego in 1986. Since the mid 1990’s he has been doing essentially only bariatric surgery in the setting of a multi-disciplinary team approach. Dr. Wittgrove was the President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) in 2003 – 2004.

Tracy Martinez RN, BSN, CBN, is our program director. She oversees all aspects of our program and our multidisciplinary team who provide support before and after surgery. She is dedicated to help every patient optimize their health and well being. Tracy was the first elected president of Integrated Health Section of the ASMBS from 2000 – 2004 . She is currently the co-chair of the Multidisciplinary Care Committee. In addition Tracy is a proud to serve on the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC). The OAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to help individuals affected by excess weight-related health conditions through education and advocacy. Our program has very significant experience from all aspects of care!

Dr. Wittgrove and Wittgrove Bariatric Center have significant experience in Bariatric Surgery on the Adolescent Patient and Revision Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Wittgrove was a primary investigator for the LapBand System. He currently performs Laparoscopic Gastric Banding operations with the Ethicon band. We have added sections on all of these specialties through the tabs above.

Dr. Wittgrove and Wittgrove Bariatric Center have significant experience in Bariatric Surgery on the Adolescent Patient and Revision Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Wittgrove was a primary investigator for the LapBand System. He currently performs Laparoscopic Gastric Banding operations with the Ethicon band. We have added sections on all of these specialties through the tabs above.

A 2009 addition to our clinic is our Medical Weight Loss Program. Surgery is a powerful tool but it is not for everyone. Some insurance programs require a medical program before surgery can be considered. Millions of individuals suffer from “Obesity” (BMI less than 35) and surgery is not an option for them at this time. Many in this category need help and so we offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, medical program. Call the office to ask about this aspect of our program.

Few programs have evaluated their long-term outcomes as Dr. Wittgrove has. In fact, few programs have outcomes for longer than even a couple of years. In Bariatric Surgery, we know that results at one or two years are nice to know but the real important numbers are those at five years and longer. We have added our program’s data, which has been reported / published in peer reviewed journals and presented at annual society conferences. Since we believe outcomes and longer term results are important, we have added a section on some questions we think you should ask of your bariatric surgeon.


Wittgrove Bariatric Surgery Center is a Center of Excellence

Wittgrove Bariatric Center along with Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla was awarded the designation of “Center of Excellence” (COE) by the SRC / ASMBS. This certification was initiated by the Surgical Review Corporation and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery to better insure quality in bariatric surgery. The COE designation by this independent review corporation is based on the programs components, outcomes and statistics, as well as a site visit to validate the program’s data.

Achieving surgical “Center of Excellence” designation is a great honor. Bear in mind that some insurance companies have adopted use of the term “Center of Excellence” which often carries a meaning based on provider contracts and not site validation. The importance of the SRC / ASMBS Center of Excellence is that it was endorsed by the federal government in its Medicare National Coverage Determination (NCD).