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Dr. David J. Lourie MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
average rating 4.52 stars (11 ratings)
50 Bellefontaine Street; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. David Lourie practices general surgery, bariatric surgery, and colon & rectal surgery. Before completing his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dr. Lourie attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lourie include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery, and colon surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Lourie honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Lourie (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Lourie is affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery

All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Da Vinci Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Houshmand Joseph Naim M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Other
average rating 4.59 stars (19 ratings)
321 N. Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Houshmand Naim practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Los Angeles, CA and Wilmongton, CA. Dr. Naim's clinical interests include panniculectomy (removal of excess skin), gastric bypass surgery, and gallbladder removal surgery (cholecystectomy). He is professionally affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. His education and training includes medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and residency at New York Methodist Hospital. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Naim has received the following distinction: RealSelf Top Doctor.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Type 1 Diabetes, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gallstones, Weight Loss, Acid ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

Source: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data

  • Volume: 12
  • Charge (avg.): $17,000
  • Negotiated Rate (avg.): $921
Dr. Wes J. Powell MD
Specializes in General Surgery
average rating 5 stars (7 ratings)
50 Bellefontaine; Suite 302
Pasadena, CA
 

Dr. Wes Powell is a specialist in general surgery. His areas of expertise include stomach surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Powell's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Powell is professionally affiliated with Huntington Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery, laparoscopic gastric banding, weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach ... (Read more)

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What is Weight Loss 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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