Surgical Options for

Obesity Management


Albert Wetter, M.D.   Pamela Foster, M.D.

Our surgeons are American Board of Surgery Certified, Members of the Bariatric Surgery Society.


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We have two hospitals that provide comprehensive weight loss surgery services, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.  All three of our surgeons operate at both institutions, so in most cases, you may have your operation at your preferred hospital.
The structure of the Bariatric Surgery Programs at both hospitals is similar.  The staff at each includes a Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dieticians, dedicated Nursing Staff, Exercise Physiologists and Physical Therapists.  The physician team includes Bariatric Surgeons, Pulmunologists/Critical Care Physicians, Anesthesiologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Plastic Surgeons and other specialist consultants that may be required to ensure optimal care for the bariatric patient.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist meets with patients and their family members before surgery to ensure that everyone has a good understanding of the procedure and what to expect afterward. The Clinical Nurse Specialist follows each patient’s progress on a daily basis during hospitalization, and is available by phone to answer questions and provide support after the patient goes home.
Each patient meets with a Registered Dietician prior to scheduling the surgery in order to fully discuss the necessary dietary changes. The hospital-based Dietician will see the patient during hospitalization to review the immediate post-operative diet restrictions. Follow-up visits with the Dietician will be scheduled as needed. Patients may also meet with an Exercise Physiologist or aquatic exercise specialist for an evaluation focused on designing an individualized exercise program. Specially-trained physical therapists are available to optimize mobility before and after surgery. 
Before surgery is scheduled, all patients will have a mental health evaluation by a Psychologist, Licensed Family Therapist or Psychiatrist. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine if the patient may have psychological issues that would interfere with successful outcomes after surgery. Counseling and therapy is available for weight loss surgery patients on an ongoing basis if desired.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center

Mills-Peninsula Health Services offers a comprehensive obesity surgery program designed to provide bariatric surgical patients with extensive education and support focused on dietary and lifestyle changes, and follow-up services to promote successful weight loss and optimal health. View of the groundbreaking event


Laura Matteucci, RN, BSN, PHN is our Program Director for Bariatric Services at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center.  As the Clinical Nurse Specialist, she sees each patient daily and coordinates their hospital care with the staff and physicians.  She also is the group facilitator for the weight loss surgery support group, which occurs on the first Saturday of every month, at Peninsula Hospital.  The support group typically meets in the Sierra Room, on the ground floor of the hospital, with the following schedule:
            9:30am to 10:00 Pre-op Meeting
            10:00 to 1:30 Post-op Open Forum
            11:30 to 12:00 Networking
            12:00 to 1:00     Guest Lecture


American Society of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Award

            Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, in partnership with Dr. Albert Wetter and Dr. Pamela Foster, were awarded the prestigious ASBS Center of Excellence Award.  The ASBS review is conducted by the Surgical Review Corporation, an independent non-profit organization formed to provide objective analysis of surgical center of excellence applications.  Included in the criteria are number of complications, extensiveness of patient follow-up, facility capabilities and whether or not a program provides additional support services.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center   1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
(800) 559 9960
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El Camino Hospital

Artist rendering of the new hospital building from the main entranceThe integrated approach at El Camino Hospital, with pre- and post-operative support, nutrition counseling, and exercise programs, gives you the tools and support you need to maintain permanent weight loss. Our program combines the talents of physicians, surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, and physical therapists with expertise in treating weight loss surgery patients.
Karen Thomas, RN is the Weight Loss Surgery Program Coordinator at El Camino Hospital.  As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, she teaches the Pre-operative Classes, with the hospital Nutritionist, to get patients ready intellectually, physically and emotionally for the major lifestyle changes ahead.  She sees all of the inpatients daily, throughout their hospital stay, to coordinate care and provide support.  Karen also facilitates the Support Group, which occurs on the second Thursday of every month.  The group meets on the ground floor of the hospital, in the back of the cafeteria, from 6:00 pm to 7:30.  All are welcome, including family members.


El Camino Hospital Recognized for Clinical Excellence

El Camino Hospital has been named one of the nation's top hospitals for the third year in a row, and has received the 2007 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from HealthGrades, a leading healthcare ratings company.  The recognition resulted from HealthGrades' annual study of quality at the nation's 4,971 non-federal hospitals.   El Camino Hospital was the only Northern California hospital to receive the designation three consecutive years.

El Camino Hospital Now One of Only Eight California Hospitals Designated as Nursing "Magnet™" Hospital by American Nursing Association's Credentialing Group

El Camino Hospital has become the only hospital in the Bay Area and one of only eight in California to be recognized for the quality of its nursing care by the American Nurses Association's credentialing arm. The hospital is among an elite group, representing less than three percent of hospitals nationwide, to be awarded Magnet™ Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for Bariatric Surgery

We have not found the current robotic systems advantageous for Bariatric Surgery.