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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Fuller's education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Fuller is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Bhoyrul's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bhoyrul honors. He is accepting new patients. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine and then he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Hindi.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Ellner's areas of expertise include the following: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Her professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Ellner is open to new patients. She studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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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. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Rumsey is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. Before performing his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Rumsey attended George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Zorn include weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Zorn is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. 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 the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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.