How to Choose the Best Weight Loss Surgery for You

choose the best weight loss surgery for you

Choosing the weight loss operation best suited for you typically means choosing between the sleeve gastrectomy operation and the gastric bypass operation. These two operations are by far the most popular weight loss operations performed in the United States. Before we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass, let’s […]

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery for Patients with Low Initial BMI (BMI 30-35)

gastric sleeve for low bmi patients (bmi 30-35)

I recently wrote a post entitled “Weight Loss Surgery for Low BMI Patients (BMI 30-35).” In this post I reviewed the guidelines published by the ASMBS for weight loss surgery for low BMI patients, and I reviewed some recent published studies on weight loss surgery for low BMI patients. In this post I want to […]

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Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery Dominates the Field of Weight Loss Surgery

In a previous post from 2013 entitled “The Rise of the Gastric Sleeve,” I predicted that 2013 would be the year the gastric sleeve operation would surpass the gastric bypass operation and the gastric banding (LAP-BAND®) operation to become the most frequently performed operation for weight loss in the United States. During 2013, the sleeve […]

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How to Choose a Gastric Sleeve Surgeon

Once you’ve decided you want to get gastric sleeve surgery in Orange County, CA, the next step is to choose a gastric sleeve surgeon and program. But how do you go about choosing a gastric sleeve surgeon? What do you look for? The first step is to decide what your #1 most important goal is. […]

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Gastric Sleeve Operations Are Not All the Same

patient outcomes vary between gastric sleeve surgeons at bariatric surgery centers of excellence

Most operations are fairly standardized, meaning that all surgeons (given adequate training and experience) do pretty much the same thing when they perform the operations. Some operations – think cosmetic operations, for example – are not standardized, and therefore different surgeons do different things when they do the operations. The importance of surgeon technique variation […]

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Weight Loss Surgery for Low BMI Patients (BMI 30-35)

In previous posts we have discussed why weight loss surgery works (it changes the body weight set-point!) and why diets don’t work (they don’t change the body weight set-point), and we have shown that weight loss surgery is safe. If all this is true why is it that patients are often told they have to be at least […]

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Dr. Oliak’s Gastric Sleeve Surgery Patient Outcomes – Update 2018

gastric sleeve patient outcomes

Dr. Oliak provides weight loss surgery in Orange County, CA. His #1 goal since starting his weight loss surgery career in 2002 has been to achieve not just good patient outcomes, but excellent, industry-leading patient outcomes. The fact is, gastric sleeve surgery patient outcomes vary between different surgeons and programs. The reason why is because […]

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How I Do The Gastric Sleeve Operation

How I do it - my gastric sleeve surgical technique

In my previous post, I discussed how the gastric sleeve operation is not a standardized operation. In other words, there is not consensus on how the operation should be done to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. Because of this lack of consensus, different surgeons do the gastric sleeve operation in different ways. Some make […]

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The Gastric Sleeve Operation Is Not A Standardized Operation

Gastric sleeve technique varies

The gastric sleeve operation is not a standardized operation. This means there is not agreement on how to best do the operation. There is not agreement, for example, on how small to make the sleeve, or what dimensions/shape to make the sleeve, or where exactly to place the staple line, or how exactly to diagnose […]

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Gastric Sleeve Outcomes Update 2016

gastric sleeve patient outcomes

It’s a new year which means it is time to evaluate our performance for the previous year, and update our outcomes statistics. This is am important and ongoing part of our practice. Dr. Oliak’s #1 goal since starting his weight loss surgery practice in 2002 has been to achieve not just good patient outcomes, but […]

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