As a leading provider for bariatric surgery in West Hills, CA, we want to make certain that our patients know what to expect starting with their very first appointment. During your first appointment, we give you a detailed customized consultation where we determine your qualifying factors for Lap Band Surgery, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy or Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. At SurgiThin, we pride ourselves in providing you with the most appropriate and result oriented approach, so we analyze whether you conform to the requirement guidelines as described by the National Institute of Health (NIH).Through its research mission, the NIH seeks to identify genetic, behavioral, and environmental causes of obesity; to understand how obesity leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gastric reflux, gallbladder disease, cancer and other serious health problems.. NIH has set minimum requirements for weight loss surgery. They include:
- A Body Mass Index 35 and above with one or more obesity related medical problems mentioned above or
- A Body Mass Index of 40 and above with or without any medical illnesses.
Weight loss surgery is now considered as one of the most effective methods to achieve sustained weight loss. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, but for the patients who qualify, it can produce incredible and dramatic weight loss.**Please note that FDA has just lowered the BMI from 35 to 30 for those patients who are interested in the LAP BAND.**
- Mental Prep: Our multifaceted team will guide you through the surgical process; help arrange discussions with other weight loss surgery patients.
- Physical Prep: With the help of our team, you will take some preoperative dietary steps which will aid in your post-operative recovery.
After your surgery, Dr. Paya will guide you in choosing the right diet, as an adequate amount of nutrition is important. You will see significant changes in your diet quantity, as weight loss surgery reduces the functional portion of your stomach, making you feel full after a smaller meal. Dr. Paya understands specific needs of each of his patients and creates a custom nutritional plan which includes transition from liquid to semi solid and to normal diet. This will be a very exciting journey for you and we will guide you every step of the way.