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About Dr. Afshin Eslami

Dr Eslami is an active member of the medical staff at several Mercy Hospitals. He has obtained Board Certification in Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr Eslami is designated as a Center of Excellence- Bariatric Surgeon through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) of which he is an active member. Dr. Eslami is an avid runner, biker, and swimmer. He enjoys boating, spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

Dr. Eslami earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tehran in Iran. Upon graduation, Dr. Eslami completed two years of service in the military as a general practitioner. In 1999 he relocated to the United States and completed a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and was awarded a chief residency completion in both surgical trauma and intensive care shock trauma. He then went on to the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to complete his fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to his formal education, Dr. Eslami has been very involved with clinical research, and often presents his articles at various conferences around the country.

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Before seeing any medical specialist, it is always preferable to talk to your own family doctor, who can discuss your condition with you and advice on whether any specialist care is appropriate. If it is, he or she can help you to choose the specialist best suited to your needs. Your family doctor can help the specialist to care for you better by providing relevant information about your health. Communicating with the specialist will also enable your family doctor to care for you better during and after your specialist treatment.

During your initial visit, the doctor will explain the specific test or procedure you want, help you visualize the results and go over the risks. He may do a physical examination and ask you a bunch of questions. Once you go and have the test done then he will decide what your diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is partly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition, and also because Medicare pays higher rebates for specialist services if you have been referred.

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staffs are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

 

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Morbid Obesity

Dr. Eslami earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tehran in Iran. Upon graduation, Dr. Eslami completed two years of service in the military as a general practitioner. In 1999 he relocated to the United States and completed a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and was awarded a chief residency completion in both surgical trauma and intensive care shock trauma. He then went on to the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to complete his fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to his formal education, Dr. Eslami has been very involved with clinical research, and often presents his articles at various conferences around the country.

Dr Eslami is an active member of the medical staff at several Mercy Hospitals. He has obtained Board Certification in Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr Eslami is designated as a Center of Excellence- Bariatric Surgeon through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) of which he is an active member. Dr. Eslami is an avid runner, biker, and swimmer. He enjoys boating, spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

Obesity results from the excess accumulation of fat that exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the American Obesity Association, Obesity is a disease.

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Morbid Obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs or more over ideal body weight, or having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher. Morbid Obesity reaches a point of significantly increasing the risk of co-Morbidities that result in either significant physical disability or even death. Morbid Obesity is a serious and chronic disease. Treatment is available, and surgery is an extremely viable option for you.

Like every operation, there is a risk. Because our patients already have health-related problems, there is an increased risk of complications. However, our team makes sure the thoroughly screen you to make sure that there are no surprises on the operating table. If we feel that it is not safe to operate on you, we will not proceed. However we will gladly work with you in order for you to be eligible for the operation. Your team will be behind you 100% before, during, and after the surgery.

We strongly recommend for you to not get pregnant during the first year after you’re the operation. Most of the excess weight is lost during this time. Your fetus’ health may also be endangered.

Afshin Eslami, M.D. – Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Eslami earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tehran in Iran. Upon graduation, Dr. Eslami completed two years of service in the military as a general practitioner. In 1999 he relocated to the United States and completed a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and was awarded a chief residency completion in both surgical trauma and intensive care shock trauma. He then went on to the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas to complete his fellowship in Advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to his formal education, Dr. Eslami has been very involved with clinical research, and often presents his articles at various conferences around the country.

Dr Eslami is an active member of the medical staff at several Mercy Hospitals. He has obtained Board Certification in Surgery from the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Dr Eslami is designated as a Center of Excellence- Bariatric Surgeon through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) of which he is an active member. Dr. Eslami is an avid runner, biker, and swimmer. He enjoys boating, spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

Slim Life Solutions – Check of the Medical weight loss California treatment such as Gastric banding, Gastric bypass, Obesity, Sleeve gastrectomy, lapband surgery and laparoscopic surgery.

Obesity results from the excess accumulation of fat that exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the American Obesity Association, Obesity is a disease.

Morbid Obesity is typically defined as being 100 lbs or more over ideal body weight, or having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher. Morbid Obesity reaches a point of significantly increasing the risk of co-Morbidities that result in either significant physical disability or even death. Morbid Obesity is a serious and chronic disease. Treatment is available, and surgery is an extremely viable option for you.

Like every operation, there is a risk. Because our patients already have health-related problems, there is an increased risk of complications. However, our team makes sure the thoroughly screen you to make sure that there are no surprises on the operating table. If we feel that it is not safe to operate on you, we will not proceed. However we will gladly work with you in order for you to be eligible for the operation. Your team will be behind you 100% before, during, and after the surgery.

Scarless Surgery

Selection Criteria

There are a number of widely accepted criteria which make a patient suitable for Bariatric or weight loss surgery:

  • BMI of 35 or a BMI greater than 30 with at least with 1 major obesity related disease eg. Diabetes, Asthma, Heart Disease, sleep Apnoea , osteo arthritis.
  • Reasonable attempts at other weight loss techniques
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Obesity related health problems
  • A capacity to understand the risks and commitment associated with the surgery
  • Pregnancy not anticipated in the first two years following surgery

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Scarless Robotic Surgery – A Virtually Scarless Procedure

If you have been told you need gallbladder surgery, ask your doctor about Single-Site da Vinci Surgery.

This procedure is performed through a single incision using state-of-the-art precision instruments. Patients who choose Single-Site da Vinci Surgery experience a virtually Scarless procedure since surgery is performed through only one incision in the navel (belly button), which dramatically limits visible scarring.

The primary potential benefits* of Single-Site da Vinci Surgery include:

  • Minimal scarring4, 5
  • Minimal pain4, 6
  • Low blood loss4
  • Fast recovery6
  • Short hospital stay4, 6
  • High patient satisfaction6

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.

* Based on early clinical data. 4 Kroh M, El-Hayek K, Rosenblatt S, Chand B, Escobar P, Kaouk J, Chalikonda surgery with a novel single-port robotic system: cholecystectomy using the da Vinci Single-Site platform. 3. 5Haber GP, White MA, Autorino R, Escobar PF, Kroh MD, Chalikonda S, Khanna R, Forest S, Yang B, single-site surgery. Urology, 2010;76(6):1279–82. 6 Wren SM, Curet MJ. Single-port robotic cholecystectomy Arch Surg. 2011 Jun 20.

The Enabling Technology – da Vinci® Surgical System with Single-Site™ Technology

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to overcome the limitations of manual laparoscopy with enhanced capabilities, including high definition 3D vision and a magnified view.

Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own – the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, the da Vinci System and Single-Site™ instruments allow your doctor to perform gallbladder surgery through a single incision. As a result, you may be able to get back to your life without the recovery or scars that usually follow major surgery.

The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date.

All surgeries, including da Vinci Surgery, involve risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your situation.

The Weeks Leading Up To Surgery

The best time to begin your exercise program is before your surgery.  The sooner you start exercising, the easier it will be after you have surgery.  Start moving more, but don’t injure yourself.  Walking on a daily basis improves your circulation and makes breathing easier during recovery.  You will also benefit from having a plan in place prior to your procedure eliminating the need to establish one during your recovery phase.  A pedometer is a great tool to help you track your walking progress.  If joint pain becomes an issue and prevents you from walking daily, you may want to look into an aquatics program.  Water exercises still condition your breathing but are not weight bearing and therefore are easier for people who have joint problems.

It is important to avoid aspirin and all aspirin-based medicines for at least 10 days prior to surgery.  Herbal medications such as St. John’s Wort, Gingko Biloba, garlic, etc. should be avoided, as these have blood-thinning properties.  Other herbal supplements such as kava and valerian root are known to interact with anesthesia and should also be stopped at least 10 days prior to surgery.

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Remember to tell your surgeon all of the medicines and herbal supplements you are taking.  Do not forget to check the label of your multivitamin, as many can contain herbal supplements as well.  Remember to check all labels of over-the-counter medicines, since certain ones can contain aspirin, too.  When in doubt, please check with your pharmacist and/or surgeon.

Since smoking hinders proper lung function, it can increase the possibility of anesthetic complications.  Smoking can increase your risk of complications such as deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs).  Smoking also reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing.  Smokers who undergo anesthesia are at increased risk for developing cardiopulmonary complications (pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and the collapsing of the tiny air sacs in the lungs) and infection.

Besides the well-known risks to the heart and lungs, smoking stimulates stomach acid production, leading to possible ulcer formation.

Patients are required to stop smoking eight weeks before surgery.  Patients must also agree to permanently refrain from smoking after surgery.  Ask your primary Care Physician to write you a prescription for a smoking cessation aid, if necessary.

Alcohol causes gastric irritation and can cause liver damage.  During periods of rapid weight loss the liver becomes especially vulnerable to toxins such as alcohol.  You may find that only a couple of sips of wine can give you unusually quick and strong effects of alcohol intolerance.

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What people say about us – Slim Life Solutions?

Perez – I had Gastric Bypass in September of 2013 and In 6 short months I have regained my life back. I started at 263 pounds and as of today I am at 173 pounds so in a short 6 months I have lost 90 pounds, I have lost 12 pant sizes I started at a 22/24 and I am now in a size 10 not only have I regained my life for myself and my family. I have regained my health to be there for my family and watch my children grow. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Eslami and his amazing staff they are the ones who truly helped me in this next step of my life.

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Jessica – Prior to gastric bypass surgery on 1/6/2011, I weighed 362 pounds. I was a size 28W and dropped to a size 12 and weighed in at 179 pounds. When I was asked what my goal weight was, I simply stated, “I wanna cross my legs and get on a roller coaster!” Not only have I went to Disneyland, Six Flags, Las Vegas, & Mexico, but I’ve gone horseback riding on the beach, jet skiing in the lakes, and 3 wheeling on the sand. I partied at all of the hottest clubs and wore my first dress! My life did a 360, Thanks to Dr. Eslami and all of his supportive staff. Without them, I would not be where I am today. 😉

Cynthia – Dr. Eslami and his office saved my life. I was 100 plus pounds overweight and Type 2 diabetic. I had my monument and decided that WLS was the way I would have to go. I also knew better than most people because I am an RN. On May 1, 2013, I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy by the doctor and I have never looked back. I was 310 lbs at the start and as of Jan. 4, 2014 I hit my goal weight of 130 lbs lost. Dr. Eslami and his office have been with me every step of the way. The pre-operative and after care was the best. If you have a question they are right there to help. This surgery is not just a physical change it’s a mental and lifestyle change as well. I currently am off all medications for type 2 diabetes. My health is back and on top of it I look and feel better! I thank everyone at the office for their support and Dr. Eslami for his bedside manner and skill as a doctor.