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

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

Dr. William Fuller practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Sacramento, CA, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego, CA. He is especially interested in laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fuller accepts. He has an open panel. He studied medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Fuller's training includes a residency program at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Bhoyrul a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. After attending the University of Aberdeen, College of Life Sciences and Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Stanford University Medical Center. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Bhoyrul (or staff) speaks the following languages: French and Hindi. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. 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 specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Ellner completed her residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. These areas are among her clinical interests: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Ellner is professionally affiliated with 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 practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in San Diego, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: laparoscopic surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Rumsey honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After attending George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at Children's Hospital Boston and a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Rumsey is affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery

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

Dr. George Zorn, who practices in San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is especially interested in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zorn takes. Dr. Zorn's practice is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Zorn attended medical school at 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.
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