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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. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He trained at Kings County Hospital Center for his residency. Dr. Leport's areas of expertise include sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy (colon resection), and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Leport is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Leport (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Leport's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP).

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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 is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Francis's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Clinical interests for Dr. Francis include minimally invasive surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Her average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. She honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Francis speaks Spanish. Dr. Francis is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP). Her practice is open to new patients.

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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 general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Ali (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Ali's clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy), and colectomy (colon resection). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Ali is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more.

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

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

Dr. Eric Pham works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Pham is especially interested in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and acid reflux (GERD). He is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Pham attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Pham (or staff) speaks Spanish and Vietnamese.

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

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

Dr. Sami Hamamji is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Orange, CA and Tustin, CA. Dr. Hamamji (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic and French. He has a special interest in gastric bypass surgery, post bariatric surgery, and laparoscopic weight loss surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He studied medicine at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal for residency. Dr. Hamamji has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hamamji takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and CIGNA Plans.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Johnsrud's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Johnsrud is 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Johnsrud include breast issues, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and hernia surgery. Dr. Johnsrud is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Johnsrud is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Community Care Network (CCN), as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.

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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.