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Weight loss surgery encompasses any surgical change of the stomach's anatomy. Bariatric surgery limits the amount of food that can be eaten and digested. Ideally it is performed laparoscopically, which involves less time in surgery and less recuperation time. Gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and other weight loss surgeries can all be performed laparoscopically. A form of stomach bypass may be the answer if you are morbidly obese.

Whenever you consider surgery, you owe it to yourself to choose the best laparoscopic surgeon. Dr. Katkhouda and his team at University of Southern California have obtained the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence certification by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This allows them to perform weight loss procedures on all Medicare patients, as well as being an assurance to all patients that they will get the best procedures and care.

"The impact of bariatric, or weight loss surgery is profound," says Katkhouda, Professor of surgery and Director of the USC's Bariatric Program. "It is one of the most gratifying surgeries I perform." You'll benefit from his expertise and experience as a laparoscopic surgeon. Learn about gastric sleeve surgery/sleeve gastrectomy, as well as other types of weight loss surgery options.


Watch Doctor's video as he performs laparoscopic gastric bypass!  More than half of the estimated annual 220,000 weight loss surgeries in the U.S. are laparoscopic gastric bypasses.

Over 1500 Successful Bariatric Surgeries Contact Dr. Katkhouda

You'll find the information on these pages about surgery for weight loss for obesity, that will help you make an intelligent and informed decision about this important step towards permanent weight loss...Find out if you qualify for one of these surgeries and what you have to do to maintain your weight loss after gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.

As an international expert in advanced laparoscopic surgery, he was one of the first surgeons chosen to participate in clinical trials for the LAP-BAND® System and one of first surgeons approved by the FDA for its use. And Dr. Katkhouda was the first surgeon in California to do single access laparoscopic surgery with the Realize Lap Band.

Dr. Namir Katkhouda has trained well over a thousand surgeons in the laparoscopic procedures and he and his team of surgeons maintain the highest level of success with these surgeries. As Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at University of Southern California Hospital in Los Angeles, he has personally performed thousands of laparoscopic surgerries for various serious stomach conditions as well as weight loss.

Doctor offers important information on benefits and draw-backs of  bariatric surgery when all other attempts for losing weight have failed.

Although these new surgeries to achieve weight loss, have greatly reduced the risks, not all patients are suitable for stomach reduction surgeries, only your surgeon can make the final decision, and after surgery, the patient must still make behavioral changes to control and maintain their weight loss.  Proper diet and foods, in the correct amounts are still very important.

Read frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery for morbid obesity, including the LAP-BAND system. Calculate your body fat as a first step to see if you might qualify for weight loss surgery. View before and after photos of patients who have made the journey.

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Mission Statement: To provide the best available surgical principles and care for those patients in need of surgery for thoracic conditions. Dr. Katkhouda is dedicated to helping patients and physicians discover the benefits of Laparoscopy. He welcomes inquiries about these procedures including adjustable gastric banding system and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Use of this site does not in any way replace the valuable opinion of your personal healthcare provider.

"Morbid obesity is considered by the government and medical profession as a chronic disease, no different from diabetes, cancer or anything else," Katkhouda says. "And overeating is now recognized as an addiction no different than smoking, gambling or alcoholism."

The threshold for surgery is typically a BMI over 40, or between 30 and 35 if the patient also has a disease related to obesity, such as diabetes or sleep apnea.

The surgery generally improves overall well-being and has been shown to help reduce obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and lower back pain. There has been discussion about offering the surgery to diabetics with lesser degrees of obesity, although it is not currently permitted in the U.S., Katkhouda says.

"It is a serious commitment, and patients considering bariatric surgery should research the program thoroughly," he says. "But for many patients, the results are astonishing."

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