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Bariatrics Procedures at Our Los Angeles Center

Safe, state-of-the-art surgery for successful weight loss

Seeking safe weight loss that keeps the weight off? At miVIP Surgery we offer robotic bariatric surgery and non-robotic bariatric surgergy procedure options successful minimally invasive approaches to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals. Our expert bariatric surgical team and caring support staff are fully accredited and certified. Our team has extensive experience with a full range of bariatric surgery procedures, including dedicated training on the latest advancement in robotic surgery: the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System.

Over the past few decades, obesity has become one of the most serious medical issues affecting the developed world, including the United States. Obesity is now a major contributor to the rising cost of healthcare. After smoking, obesity in the United States is the second-leading cause of preventable deaths.

The medical field of bariatrics focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. The medical term obesity refers to an individual with an excessive amount of body fat. As a medical term, overweight refers to an individual with an excessive amount of body weight, including not only fat, but also muscle, bone and water. A vast majority of healthcare professionals define obesity as:

  • Male with more than 25% body fat
  • Female with greater than 30% body fat

Body fat numbers related to obesity should not be confused with the commonly used body mass index (BMI), which assists healthcare professionals in determining the relationship between body weight and an individual's risk for certain diseases.

Our expert surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers perform a range of bariatric procedures, including:

  • Gastric Bypass separates the stomach into a large and small pouch, limiting the food that can be consumed at one meal.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy removes a large section of the stomach, reducing its size by about 75%.
  • Gastric Band installs an adjustable silicone band around the stomach, slowing food consumption.

Conditions

  • Obesity is related to about 112,000 excess American deaths each year. Obesity usually gets worse with time and often contributes to other serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, arthritis and some forms of cancer.

Symptoms & Complications

If you are obese or even just overweight, your risk of other serious symptoms and diseases increases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease (narrowing of the blood vessels serving the heart)
  • High levels of blood cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Damage to cartilage and bones of joints (osteoarthritis)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Breathing problems
  • Certain types of cancer (breast, colorectal, endometrial, and kidney)
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Excess body and facial hair (hirsutism)
  • Stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by weak pelvic floor muscles)
  • Psychological disorders, such as depression
  • Increased risk related to surgery

Besides increasing the risk of having many serious health conditions, obese individuals have a 10% to 50% increased risk of death from all causes compared with individuals who are at a healthy weight.

Treatment Options

Individuals who are extremely obese require effective approaches to achieve and maintain significant weight loss. Surgery is an increasingly common approach to weight loss for obese individuals. Statistics from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) state that about 200,000 American adults decide to undergo bariatric surgery each year. Once an individual decides on surgery as the preferred and best option, there are several surgical options to choose between, including:

  • Traditional open bariatric surgery is highly invasive with a large incision often requiring a week or more in the hospital and a long recovery.
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is usually performed through small incisions with long-handled instruments and a miniature camera (endoscope). Laparoscopic surgery has limitations and cannot be used for extremely complex and delicate procedures due to the instruments used.
  • da Vinci system minimally invasive robotic surgery is a safe, effective and minimally invasive choice for certain candidates. The procedure uses the most advanced technology available, enabling your surgeon to perform the most delicate procedures with unparalleled vision, unrivalled precision and exquisite control.

For more information about miVIP Surgery Centers and our minimally invasive robotic surgery, please call 888-996-4847. You can also use our Contact Us form. One of our Patient Advocate staff will contact you at the time you indicate is best.

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