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We found 5 bariatric surgeons who accept Blue Shield PPO near Stockton, CA.

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
6655 Alvarado Road, Alvarado Surgical Weight Loss; Suite 605
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. In his practice, Dr. Bhoyrul focuses on laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Bhoyrul has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Bhoyrul takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks French and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bhoyrul's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Julie A Ellner, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
5555 Reservoir Drive; Suite 203
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Julie Ellner's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She practices in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Ellner include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Ellner is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ellner trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for her residency. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Abdominal Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Eugene W Rumsey Jr., MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Eugene Rumsey is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). The average patient rating for Dr. Rumsey is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rumsey accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then he performed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Rumsey has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Rumsey's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. George G Zorn III, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 4th Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. George Zorn's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in San Diego, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Zorn's clinical interests include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Zorn is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Laurence K Tanaka, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Laurence Tanaka works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in San Diego, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Tanaka attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Tanaka takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Weight Loss Surgery

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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.