Total Care Approach
Weight-loss surgery is just one step in the process of achieving and maintaining
a healthy weight. Along the way, you'll also need to learn how to
make healthy choices about food and exercise. Other weight-related health
problems also may need to be addressed.
Torrance Memorial's Total Care Program provides bariatric surgery patients
with a team approach to support a healthier lifestyle. You'll work
with a dietitian, psychologist, physical therapist, pharmacist and other
specialists to help you get on track. Your surgeon and operating room
nursing team dedicated to bariatric surgery will be with you every step
of the way. On the nursing unit, you'll receive excellent care from
our specially-trained bariatric nursing staff. And should you have any
heart or lung issues, specialists in these fields will also provide their
support and expertise to give you the best chance at success.
Torrance Memorial Weight Loss Surgery Center is home to a number of skilled
Find a Physician
Dr. Aileen Takahashi, M.D.
Since 2007, Dr. Aileen Takahashi has served as the Medical Director of
the Torrance Memorial Bariatric Surgery Program. An experienced laparoscopic
Bariatric surgeon, she guided the program to its successful designation
as a Center of Excellence by Surgical Review Corporation and as a Blue
Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Dr. Takahashi chairs the Bariatric Surgery Sub-Committee of the Department
of Surgery at Torrance Memorial and is a practicing surgeon for the
Association of South Bay Surgeons.
Martha Lopez, R.N.
Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator
For three years, Martha Lopez, R.N. has served as Program Coordinator of
the Torrance Memorial Bariatric Surgery Program. As an experienced nurse
in the management of bariatric surgery patients, Martha serves as the
program liaison between the surgeons' offices and Torrance Memorial.