We found 6 bariatric surgeons who accept MultiPlan near Fountain Valley, CA.

Dr. Peter Cary Leport, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Peter Leport is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks the following languages: Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Leport's clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). He obtained his medical school training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Leport is rated highly by his patients. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Leport accepts.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss, Weight ... (Read more)

Dr. Kelly Ann M. Francis, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Kelly Francis' specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients gave her an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Francis's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Francis takes. Dr. Francis is open to new patients. Her education and training includes medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Francis speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Weight Management, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Mir Baquar Ali, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
18111 Brookhurst Street; Suite 5600
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Mir Ali is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ali is a graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. Clinical interests for Dr. Ali include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). Patient ratings for Dr. Ali average 4.5 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali honors. Dr. Ali (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Ali is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Colectomy, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Management, Da ... (Read more)

Dr. Sami B Hamamji, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
1140 W La Veta Avenue; #760
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Sami Hamamji works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Orange, CA and Tustin, CA. He graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut. His areas of expertise include gastric bypass surgery, post bariatric surgery, and laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Dr. Hamamji's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans. Dr. Hamamji (or staff) is conversant in Arabic and French. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Post Bariatric Surgery, Gastric Bypass ... (Read more)

Dr. Eric H Pham, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1140 West La Veta; Suite 760
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Eric Pham is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Orange, CA and Tustin, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Pham (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Pham's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. After completing medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Pham average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Acid Reflux, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey M Johnsrud, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
1140 W La Veta Avenue; #760
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Johnsrud specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Orange, CA and Tustin, CA. Dr. Johnsrud's areas of expertise include breast issues, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and hernia surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Community Care Network (CCN), in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Dr. Johnsrud is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Breast Issues, Hernia Surgery, Biliary Disorders, Endocrine Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight ... (Read more)

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What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is a surgical procedure performed to help significantly obese patients lose weight when more traditional methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not helped. Depending on the type, these surgeries change the gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food can be eaten and also change how food is absorbed by the body. Of the various bariatric surgeries available, the most common is gastric bypass.

By far the most common of the gastric bypass surgeries is called “Roux-en-Y.” During this surgery, part of the stomach and small intestine are detached from the gastrointestinal tract, in order to make the tract smaller. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The working stomach, at the end of the esophagus, is now tiny - only the size of a walnut. This makes patients feel full after eating a small amount of food. Then the small intestine is also divided, and after bypassing a section of the small intestine to reduce food absorption, the intestine is attached to the small stomach pouch. The patient now has a working stomach and intestine like before, only much smaller.

Because gastric bypass is used to treat extreme obesity, it can reduce the risk of some of the problems associated with obesity. Gastric bypass can help treat or reduce the risk for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is a major surgery and also carries risks itself. Any surgery can lead to infection, bleeding, or blood clots, and weight loss surgery in particular carries risks of leaks in the gastrointestinal system, malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and vomiting.

Typically patients are considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery if they have a BMI greater than 40, or sometimes if they have a BMI between 35 and 40 but are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. The outlook is generally good, with most patients losing between 50-75% of their excess weight in 1-2 years. However, patients must follow strict diet guidelines so that the stomach can heal, starting with no food at all, then followed by a liquid diet for some time. For many severely obese patients who have tried strict diets before without success, gastric bypass surgery is the tool that allows them to finally achieve their weight loss and health goals.
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