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
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
gastric sleeve surgery/sleeve gastrectomy, as well as other
types of weight loss surgery options.
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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.
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
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
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.
Dr. Katkhouda in Los Angeles California.
bariatric weight loss surgeries
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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
"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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