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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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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Variation in Outcomes at Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence

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

A study entitled “Variation in Outcomes at Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence,” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2017, reports a surprisingly wide variation in patient outcomes across accredited bariatric surgery centers of excellence nationally. Claims data were analyzed from 145,527 patients who underwent weight loss surgery at one of 165 […]

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Weight Loss Surgery Trends Update 2016

weight loss surgery trends 2016

We have recently analyzed our 2016 weight loss surgery patient data. In this post we will discuss patient demographics and trends. To read about our 2016 gastric sleeve patient outcomes, click here. Of note, Dr. Oliak is a private practice weight loss surgeon located in Orange County, California, so his data and the patient trends […]

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Achieving Gastric Sleeve Success

gastric sleeve patients

All prospective gastric sleeve patients of course want to achieve great gastric sleeve success. This means getting a great long-term weight loss outcome, and avoiding complications. The published studies, unfortunately, show that this doesn’t always happen. Many patients achieve excellent, long-term gastric sleeve success, but some don’t. It is important to understand that great outcomes […]

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Lucia’s Gastric Bypass Testimonial – 11 Years after Surgery

Wow! Looking at the before picture below, I hardly recognize myself – LOL! Since my surgery my whole life has changed physically and especially, emotionally. If I hadn’t had to go to work every day, I would have hidden myself away back then. I dreaded meeting new people and I especially dreaded meeting friends and family […]

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My Favorite Gastric Sleeve Photo – Jordan

Orange County Bariatric Surgery Before and After Photos

Over my 12 year career as a weight loss surgeon I have seen lots of great before and after photos.  Recently a patient of mine showed me a gastric sleeve photo of herself before and after surgery that I thought was one of the best patient before/after photos I had ever seen, but not for […]

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The Rise of the Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve operation has gone from <10% of weight loss operations performed in the U.S. to the majority of operations performed in just 3-4 years. The rapidity of this increase in gastric sleeve popularity is extraordinary. Let’s look at the data. There are three graphs below from three different sources that demonstrate the rise of […]

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