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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Body Weight Set-Point Prevents Weight Loss

Losing weight is possible over the short term, but weight regain is the rule over the long term. The statistics tell us that people can generally lose about 10% of their weight with a concerted effort. The bad news is that almost everybody will quickly regain all their lost weight and often more. Why is this? Eating more […]

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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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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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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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