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

Dr. William D Fuller, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4060 Fourth Avenue; Suite 330
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. William Fuller is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fuller has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Fuller's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery

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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Hindi. He has indicated that his clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Bhoyrul is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. After completing medical school at the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Dr. Bhoyrul performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhoyrul has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; she sees patients in San Diego, CA. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Ellner include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. She is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ellner is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and a graduate of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' residency program. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Her practice is open to 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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in San Diego, CA. He has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Rumsey attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and then went on to complete his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Rumsey takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Rumsey is accepting new patients.

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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 areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in San Diego, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Zorn include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Zorn attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Zorn's practice is open to new patients.

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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.