Monthly Archives: January 2019

Laparoscopic Surgery Part – 1

Laparoscopy is commonly performed procedure to Investigate and some key hole surgeries on abdominal and pelvic organs.

Laparoscopy is direct visualization of the abdominal cavity and intra-abdominal organs by using a laparoscopy. The laparoscope is a long thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up the inside of the abdomen or pelvis. Fibreoptic fibres carry images from a lens, also at the tip of the instrument, to a video monitor, which the surgeon and other theatre staff can view in real time.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is put into the abdomen through a special needle that is inserted just above the navel. This gas helps to separate the organs inside the abdominal cavity, making it easier for the physician to see the the intra-abdominal organs during laparoscopy. The gas is removed at the end of the procedure.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Tube Gastrectomy) procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach with a stapling device. It can be done laparoscopically ( keyhole surgery) but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach sack.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

In Adjustable gastric banding procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

In Gastric Bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.

Afshin Eslami, M.D.

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.

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Obesity – Slimlifesolutions.com

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 beeing 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.

Most health insurance companies will cover most of this surgical procedure. However, there are so many plans that it is best to contact us and to schedule an appointment.

Right after the operation, we will put you on a strict menu of liquid foods. You will be on our strict diet plan while you heal. The doctor will let you know what foods you will be able to eat and when you start eating them. Most of our patients become lactose intolerant after the operation. We will work with you after the operation to change your diet and show you which foods are good for you and which are not. You will eat whatever you want, but in small portions. Even so, your appetite will feel satiated, and you will not feel hungry.

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.

Your body needs to receive the proper vitamins in order to survive. We have created our own special vitamins for you to take after the operation. Your doctor will also go over with you any medicines you need to take. Most patients actually stop taking their medication from pre-surgery because they are healthy!

Most of the weight will be lost in the first six months. Some patients have even been able to lose weight for up to two years after the surgery. This surgery is a tool to help you lose weight, and exercise and diet will help you achieve your ideal body weight. We even have had patients reach a size zero! Losing weight this fast is not a dangerous procedure if you maintain your vitamin supplements and diet. Our team will be with you 100% to support you after the operation.

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Laparoscopic Surgery Part – 3

Laparoscopy is commonly performed procedure to Investigate and some key hole surgeries on abdominal and pelvic organs.

Laparoscopy is direct visualization of the abdominal cavity and intra-abdominal organs by using a laparoscopy. The laparoscope is a long thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up the inside of the abdomen or pelvis. Fibreoptic fibres carry images from a lens, also at the tip of the instrument, to a video monitor, which the surgeon and other theatre staff can view in real time.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is put into the abdomen through a special needle that is inserted just above the navel. This gas helps to separate the organs inside the abdominal cavity, making it easier for the physician to see the the intra-abdominal organs during laparoscopy. The gas is removed at the end of the procedure.

LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING

In Adjustable gastric banding procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

RICK

My name is Rick and I’ve lost 144 pounds in 7 months. I’m very happy that I chose Dr. Eslami because he and his staff are very kind and professional. Because of them, it was a very positive experience, my only regret is that I didn’t have gastric bypass done sooner.

Before the surgery I had suffered a stroke at the age of 34, I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and back problems. I couldn’t do things that most people take for granted. I was always out of breath, sweating and tired. Just walking from the car into a store was a challenge, let alone walking through the store. I am now able to exercise, walk, run, and most importantly I am able to play with my two young girls.

I have no doubt that gastric bypass was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.

LINDA REED

I was suffering from Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Today I have none of these problems due to bariatric surgery. Dr. Eslami carefully explained the procedure and gave me the confidence to get the bypass. He is very supportive post-surgery also so you can understand each step to recovery. I want to thank him for changing my life.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Part One

In Gastric Bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.

LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Tube Gastrectomy) procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach with a stapling device. It can be done laparoscopically ( keyhole surgery) but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach sack.

PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

SHARI

The surgery has changed my life! I have lost just shy of 100 lbs in less than a year and feel terrific. People that have not seen me in a while don’t recognize me! This past winter, I could out ski anyone down the steepest of mountains…first across the finish line every time! I sleep better than I ever have and wake up feeling energized and exhilarated! Dr. Eslami and his staff were amazing and continue to show complete support throughout my wellness check-ups. I could not have imagined such fulfilling results. If you are over weight and have struggled like I did throughout the years…this is the surgery for you! You will love the new you and the only regret will be that you did not do the surgery sooner.

ROBYN VALENCIA

I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I am a year and two months post op and have lost 140 pounds. Having gastric bypass surgery was the best decision I have ever made. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not metnally prepared and couldn’t find a surgeon I connected with. Dr. Eslami is an awesome surgeon. Right from the start he made me feel comfortable and his is very knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my four year old, run, lift weights and go ziplining. I continue to attend monthly support group meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very benificial for my ongoing success. Thank you so much Dr. Eslami you have me my life back.

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Afshin Eslami, M.D. Bariatric Surgeon Part – 1

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 a piano player and he enjoys spending time with friends and family, participating in cultural meetings, and reading history in his spare time.

RICARDO J

BARIATRIC COORDINATOR

I am a loving husband to my wife Brittney Jimenez and a father to my beautiful daughter Anastacia Rose. My medical background is roughly 5 years in length and I have worn many hats: Medical Assistant, Lead MA, Clinical Office Manager to Regional Manager. I am currently in a position with Dr Afshin Eslami and the Slim Life team as a Bariatric Coordinator / Office Manager. I too went through the weight loss journey with the aid of Dr Eslami and his well trained team. My largest weight being 386 pounds and my current healthy lifestyle weight of 190. I live by the motto “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” and patient care is my passion.

MANIA DELDAR DOUCETTE

COUNSELOR

Mania Doucette, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus are obesity, stress, anxiety, and depression. She began working with the bariatric population as an intern at Slim Life Solutions and has carried on with her passion for bariatrics through licensure. The majority of her practice involves conducting psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery and providing additional support for our patients through individual therapy. Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of various therapeutic modalities but with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered therapy. Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the LGBTQ population.

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Patient Testimonials Part One

SUSAN SUTTON

I gained 80lbs during my pregnancy in my mid 20s and tried every diet and gimmick known to woman-kind, then yoyo’d for years. At 55 I flat gave up and knew I was going to die as a fat person. It took me a year to decide to have bariatric surgery…the deciding factor being that my HbA1C was elevated for the first time in my life. I knew I couldn’t spend what was left of my life like my mother did; diabetic and on dialysis. I met Dr. Eslami and his staff and was immediately sure I was making the right choice. Lynnette helped me breeze through the preliminary red tape of insurance authorizations, Randi schooled me on proper nutrition, and Rhondi emotionally held my hand every step of the way. I felt confident that Dr. Eslami was more than qualified to perform this surgery, and I was not disappointed. I recommend this group to everyone I come into contact with who is considering this life altering surgery. I have never before felt this comfortable in my skin…even though there is quite a bit more of it…and I think I will keep it to remind me from where I traveled.

Before pic is at 235 8 months before surgery. After pic is at 157 8 months after surgery.

ANTHONY LERMA

I had the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in Feb 2012, co-morbidities were Diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholestrol. My starting weight was 389 lbs. I have lost 156 lbs in 9 months with NO more medical conditions. My wife and I were unable to concieve, but now my wife is 5 months pregnant. I look foward to a happy and healthly life with my family. Thank you to Dr. Eslami and staff for all they have done. Here is a piece of advise, Do Not hesitate to ask questions regarding Bariatric Surgery. Even with the struggles I went thru (gastric bleeding from ulcer due to taking anti-inflammatory medication right after surgery, now I am all healed) I feel GREAT!

SHARI

The surgery has changed my life! I have lost just shy of 100 lbs in less than a year and feel terrific. People that have not seen me in a while don’t recognize me! This past winter, I could out ski anyone down the steepest of mountains…first across the finish line every time! I sleep better than I ever have and wake up feeling energized and exhilarated! Dr. Eslami and his staff were amazing and continue to show complete support throughout my wellness check-ups. I could not have imagined such fulfilling results. If you are over weight and have struggled like I did throughout the years…this is the surgery for you! You will love the new you and the only regret will be that you did not do the surgery sooner.

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Patient Testimonials Part – 1

CYNTHIA

Dr. Eslami and his office saved my life. I was 100 plus pounds over weight and Type 2 diabetic. I had my monument and decided that WLS was the way I would have to go. I also knew better then 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 its 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.

JENNIFER

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy January 16, 2013. Prior to my surgery there was concern about whether surgery was possible due to abdominal scaring and adhesions I had from a birth defect. I appreciate Dr Eslami’s brutal honesty, even on the day of surgery, letting me know that even with all the tests and precautions he couldn’t promise I’d come out of surgery with what I wanted. In the end he was able to safely perform a sleeve.

So far I’ve lost over 65 pounds. I can’t say the road has been easy but the support from Dr Eslami and his staff is always there. Lynette is awesome with helping you navigate insurance and pre-operative stuff. Amanda is very accessible to answer questions. I even texted her while at the grocery store comparing yogurt for my pre-operative diet. I can not say enough about Rondi, the bariatric nurse. She’s a wealth of knowledge and a wonderful cheerleader. She even came to check in on me at the hospital. All of Dr. Eslami’s team are down to earth awesome people. Come to the classes and support group and you’ll get to know them even more.

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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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Part – 3

In Gastric Bypass procedure, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.

LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Tube Gastrectomy) procedure involves removing the lateral 2/3rds of the stomach with a stapling device. It can be done laparoscopically ( keyhole surgery) but is not reversible. It basically leaves a stomach tube instead of a stomach sack.

LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY

Laparoscopy is commonly performed procedure to Investigate and some key hole surgeries on abdominal and pelvic organs.

Laparoscopy is direct visualization of the abdominal cavity and intra-abdominal organs by using a laparoscopy. The laparoscope is a long thin instrument with a light source at its tip, to light up the inside of the abdomen or pelvis. Fibreoptic fibres carry images from a lens, also at the tip of the instrument, to a video monitor, which the surgeon and other theatre staff can view in real time.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is put into the abdomen through a special needle that is inserted just above the navel. This gas helps to separate the organs inside the abdominal cavity, making it easier for the physician to see the the intra-abdominal organs during laparoscopy. The gas is removed at the end of the procedure.

MULTIMEDIA PATIENT EDUCATION

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LAPAROSCOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BANDING

In Adjustable gastric banding procedure, a hollow band made of special material is placed around the stomach near its upper end, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach. The band is then inflated with a salt solution. It can be tightened or loosened over time to change the size of the passage by increasing or decreasing the amount of salt solution.

For more details on our products and services, please feel free to visit us at Obesity surgery California, Medical weight loss California, Gastric bypass California, Weight loss surgery California, Sleeve gastrectomy California