Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients -Leonidas and Minerva

Patient Stories

“Beyond the physical change, it’s the mental and emotional support of the Cottage program that make all the difference.”

Life Changing Stories
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Cottage Center for Weight-Loss Surgery

Our bariatric surgeons are committed to providing the most effective treatments available.

Weight-Loss Surgery at Cottage Health

If you struggle to lose weight using conventional methods such as dieting, exercise, behavior therapy, and/or medication, weight-loss surgery may be your answer.

We offer a comprehensive program featuring several safe and highly effective surgery options including Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and LAP-BAND surgery. As an experienced Center of Excellence, Cottage Health has performed over 3000 weight-loss surgeries since 2004.

Bariatric surgery represents a life-changing decision and our team at the Center for Weight-Loss Surgery will be with you every step of the way. We are dedicated to providing you with the personalized care and attention you deserve. We want you to be as prepared and comfortable as possible for your surgery - and your new life.


Types of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery patient Kathi

Your bariatric surgeon will help you choose the procedure that is right for you. A team of multidisciplinary medical providers will be committed to ensuring the success of your surgery and ensure long lasting results.

  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch
  • Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Meet Our Cottage Bariatric Surgeons

To find out if bariatric surgery is the right option for you or a loved one, attend one of our free weight-loss seminars, which are held regularly in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Maria and Oxnard and Pismo Beach. If you are between 18 and 65 years old, get the facts about weight-loss surgery from the hospital you trust.

Surgeon Bios

David Thoman, MD

David Thoman, MD - Medical Dir.

To register for a free seminar with Dr. Thoman, or for more information regarding bariatric surgery options, call 805-730-1470.

Meet Dr. Thoman

Farida Bounoua, MD

Farida Bounoua, MD

To register for a free seminar with Dr. Bounoua, or for more information regarding bariatric surgery options, call 805-879-4011.

Meet Dr. Bounoua

Marc Zerey, MD

Marc Zerey, MD

To register for a free seminar with Dr. Zerey, or for more information regarding bariatric surgery options, call 805-898-3472.

Meet Dr. Zerey


Healthy Balance Weight-Management Clinic

Healthy Balance is a comprehensive weight-loss program for people who are ready to make significant lifestyle changes. The eight-week program is based on nutrition and exercise with individual attention and small-group participation.

Features include:

  • Comprehensive fitness and lifestyle assessments
  • Professional instruction in nutrition and fitness
  • Supervised, on-site exercise sessions
  • Custom meal planning and metabolic monitoring
  • Individual consultations
  • Printed resource materials
  • Follow-up support