UCLA has combined its multiple obesity services into one center in order to simplify referrals and optimize patient care.
The UCLA Center for Obesity and METabolic Health (COMET) includes state-of-the-art programs for both surgical and nonsurgical weight loss. Obesity is a multifactorial disease involving genetic, metabolic, psychological, environmental and behavioral factors.
UCLA’s collaborative team includes a bariatrician, bariatric surgeons, hepatologist, dietitian and clinical psychologist.
Patients receive a comprehensive evaluation and are able to consult with a number of specialists during one visit at COMET’s weekly clinic. Because no single treatment will work for every patient desiring weight loss, treatments are individualized to achieve the highest chance of success.
Minimally invasive bariatric surgery
UCLA’s Center for Obesity and METabolic Health is a high-volume surgical center with a Level One Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Surgeons’ Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
National comparisons show UCLA bariatric surgeons have 50 percent fewer re-operations and a 24-hour shorter hospital stay than average.