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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.

CAROL DIMAGGIO

BARIATRIC COORDINATOR

Over 10 years experience in health insurance and healthcare. She has a variety of credentials including Certified Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. Carol is a strong advocate of bariatric surgery and is a fantastic resource to her patients since she had Gastric Bypass surgery in 2009. Carol is caring, committed and extremely passionate about helping you achieve your health goals. She is excited to work with you from the beginning of your bariatric surgery journey, through all the pre-surgical requirements and beyond!

BRITTANY KEARNEY RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Brittany is a Registered Dietitian with a bachelors of science in Genetics from UC Davis.

Brittany completed her dietetic internship at Napa State Hospital with experience in community, childhood, clinical, oncology, diabetic, metabolic, and renal nutrition. She is truly passionate about helping people optimize their health and improve their lives through personalized nutrition and lifestyle choices. Brittany is well versed in the field of nutrigenomics and incorporates personalized genetic information into her nutrition plans when able so they are truly unique to each patient.

She is also a personal trainer certified in mat and standing pilates and works with gyms in the area teaching pilates and sports nutrition.

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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Testimonials – Slimlifesolutions.com

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.

Cynthia

Before I came to Dr. Eslami I was diabetic, taking insulin and oral medication. I was also taking medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Since my surgery, I no longer take medication, my diabetes is gone and I have lost over 70 lbs. I am so grateful for Dr. Eslami and his staff for all of the support and encouragement. It has been life changing and life saving for me.

Malinda

I had Gastric Sleeve surgery on 7/31/2013, since then I have lost almost all my goal weight. I have lost 60lbs and still counting, which is so exciting. Before my surgery, I was diabetic and dealing with other new onset health conditions. Since my surgery, I am no longer diabetic and my other health conditions have disappeared. I am so grateful to Dr. Eslami and staff for all their help and support.

Jen

I had “The Sleeve” done in November 2012. It has been 10 months and I have lost 94 lbs. My starting weight was 324. I was basically miserable. Not being able to walk across the room without being out of breath. I lost my right leg in 2007 due to Diabetes and knew I had to change. Since the surgery, I have only needed 1 shot of insulin and before I was on an insulin pump 24/7. Blood pressure meds have been cut in half as well as others.

I can do things now that I haven’t done in years… I enjoy life and my family again.

LIFE IS GOOD… THANK YOU DR. ESLAMI AND STAFF.

John

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Testimonials – Slimlifesolutions.com

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.

Cynthia

Before I came to Dr. Eslami I was diabetic, taking insulin and oral medication. I was also taking medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Since my surgery, I no longer take medication, my diabetes is gone and I have lost over 70 lbs. I am so grateful for Dr. Eslami and his staff for all of the support and encouragement. It has been life changing and life saving for me.

Malinda

I had Gastric Sleeve surgery on 7/31/2013, since then I have lost almost all my goal weight. I have lost 60lbs and still counting, which is so exciting. Before my surgery, I was diabetic and dealing with other new onset health conditions. Since my surgery, I am no longer diabetic and my other health conditions have disappeared. I am so grateful to Dr. Eslami and staff for all their help and support.

Jen

I had “The Sleeve” done in November 2012. It has been 10 months and I have lost 94 lbs. My starting weight was 324. I was basically miserable. Not being able to walk across the room without being out of breath. I lost my right leg in 2007 due to Diabetes and knew I had to change. Since the surgery, I have only needed 1 shot of insulin and before I was on an insulin pump 24/7. Blood pressure meds have been cut in half as well as others.

I can do things now that I haven’t done in years… I enjoy life and my family again.

LIFE IS GOOD… THANK YOU DR. ESLAMI AND STAFF.

John

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Patient Testimonials – Slimlifesolutions.com

SARA

After almost 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I would lose up to 80 pounds at a time to only gain most of it back, my doctor recommended that I get off the yo-yo track once and for all and introduced me to Dr. Eslami and his team. My highest weight ever was 260 and at the time of my gastric sleeve surgery in January 2013, I was 230 pounds, a weight I was stuck at for almost 2 years despite dieting and exercise.

Eight months later and over 50 pounds lighter, I feel like a new woman. I have the freedom to eat what I want, within the healthy sleeve limitations. I have so much energy and am thrilled that while I’m still around 20 pounds from my ultimate goal, I’m fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn for years.

I give Dr. Eslami, Rondi, Amanda, and Lynette my utmost appreciation and respect for helping me get to where I am today. Thank you!

DONNA

Dr. Eslami and Lynette and Rondi have been wonderful, even helping me through hip and knee replacement surgery after my weight loss.

I have tried everything to lose weight over the last 40 years including being on a liquid diet for NINE months, only to gain most of it back.

I had Roux-eny Gastric Bypass April 2012, I am now out 18 months, my highest weight was 320 lbs, I am now 160 lbs and doing great.

PAIGE

After years of loving food I decided it was time to give my bad choices up. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to let go of the sugar and soda. Increasing your protein does amazing things to your cravings.

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery in November of 2012 and am down almost 70 pounds. The first 60 pounds came off in two months! Dr. Eslami is very skilled and I haven’t had any complications. I haven’t craved the bad foods, so I don’t experience much dumping or yucky feelings.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

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Patient Testimonials – 2

ROBYN VALENCIA

Hi my name is Robyn. I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I had my surgery in March 2011 with a starting weight of 322 pounds. Since my surgery I have lost over 150 pounds. Having Gastric Bypass Surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not mentally 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 he is extremely knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my son, lift weights and go zip lining. I even compete in 5K runs now. I continue to attend monthly support meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very beneficial for my ongoing success. Thank you Dr. Eslami you have given me my life back. I would also like to give a special thanks to Lynette and Rondi, thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout my weight loss journey.

LORI THOMAS

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass on June 20, 2012 and I’ve lost 112 pounds. I pinch myself every day because I can’t believe this is real. This surgery has given me the confidence to live a healthy life. I used to have high blood pressure, sleep apnea and my blood sugar level was borderline diabetic. I would wake up sore and tired. I now have endless energy and look forward to going to the gym. I no longer use my C Pap machine and am no longer on any medication for high blood pressure. If you follow Dr. Eslami’s advice, you too can change your life…in less than a year.

TERRI L. FITTRO

Dr. Eslami gave me life back! It is like being reborn. On the day of surgery, I was 299 lbs and am now 167 lbs. I have lost 132 lbs…WOW.

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure on 12/21/11 and today 02/21/13 I feel like I am 20 again! Dr. Eslami is truly the BEST in this field. I will forever be thankful for being referred to Dr. Eslami.

The pictures speak volumes. prior to surgery I had high blood pressure, high everything, I also needed foot surgery, now all is good and I no longer take the mass quantity of prescription medication, that ultimately, due to obesity caused the need for these medications but because I decided to proceed with Bariatric Surgery I am medication free.

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Patient Testimonials – 2

ROBYN VALENCIA

Hi my name is Robyn. I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I had my surgery in March 2011 with a starting weight of 322 pounds. Since my surgery I have lost over 150 pounds. Having Gastric Bypass Surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not mentally 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 he is extremely knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my son, lift weights and go zip lining. I even compete in 5K runs now. I continue to attend monthly support meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very beneficial for my ongoing success. Thank you Dr. Eslami you have given me my life back. I would also like to give a special thanks to Lynette and Rondi, thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout my weight loss journey.

LORI THOMAS

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass on June 20, 2012 and I’ve lost 112 pounds. I pinch myself every day because I can’t believe this is real. This surgery has given me the confidence to live a healthy life. I used to have high blood pressure, sleep apnea and my blood sugar level was borderline diabetic. I would wake up sore and tired. I now have endless energy and look forward to going to the gym. I no longer use my C Pap machine and am no longer on any medication for high blood pressure. If you follow Dr. Eslami’s advice, you too can change your life…in less than a year.

TERRI L. FITTRO

Dr. Eslami gave me life back! It is like being reborn. On the day of surgery, I was 299 lbs and am now 167 lbs. I have lost 132 lbs…WOW.

I had the Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure on 12/21/11 and today 02/21/13 I feel like I am 20 again! Dr. Eslami is truly the BEST in this field. I will forever be thankful for being referred to Dr. Eslami.

The pictures speak volumes. prior to surgery I had high blood pressure, high everything, I also needed foot surgery, now all is good and I no longer take the mass quantity of prescription medication, that ultimately, due to obesity caused the need for these medications but because I decided to proceed with Bariatric Surgery I am medication free.

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Laparoscopic Surgery Part – 2

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.

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Patient Testimonials Part – 3

JOHN

I had “The Sleeve” done in November 2012. It has been 10 months and I have lost 94 lbs. My starting weight was 324. I was basically miserable. Not being able to walk across the room without being out of breath. I lost my right leg in 2007 due to Diabetes and knew I had to change. Since the surgery, I have only needed 1 shot of insulin and before I was on an insulin pump 24/7. Blood pressure meds have been cut in half as well as others.

I can do things now that I haven’t done in years… I enjoy life and my family again.

LIFE IS GOOD… THANK YOU DR. ESLAMI AND STAFF.

CAMPBELL

In April 2012, I had Roux-eny Gastric Bypass surgery. Before I had my surgery I was unable to walk without the aid of a walker due to a crushed hip. I wasn’t eligible for hip surgery because I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholestrol, and my weight was too high. After surgery, I no longer take any medication for the above ailments and was able to have hip surgery. I have never felt better in my life! I am in clothes sizes I have never been before and feel like a new person!

HEATHER

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery on September 12, 2012 and today is April 25, 2013 and i have lost 140lbs and I couldn’t be happier! I am not even a whole year out and I am a completely different person. When I see my old clothes and old pictures I don’t even recognize that person anymore. I 100% recommend this life changing surgery to everyone struggling with their weight. I am so happy and would do it all over again!! Thank you Dr. Eslami you changed my life!!

JENNIFER

I had the gastric sleeve surgery 6 months ago on October 3, 2013. Since my surgery I have lost 77 pounds and have gone from a size 22 to a size 14. I have not felt this good since high school. i still have 40 pounds to lose, but I have no doubt that I can do it. I am working out 3-4 times a week and it feels great. This was the best decision I have made. I am never hungry and feel wonderful. Dr. Eslami and his team is wonderful. Lynette took the time to explain every step and kept me informed of all my results. Rondi was a great support and kept in touch with me after the surgery. She was available for all my questions and concerns. They are a wonderful group and I would recommend them to anyone. I am ready to start the next chapter of my life healthier and happier.

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Patient Testimonials

PAIGE

After years of loving food I decided it was time to give my bad choices up. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to let go of the sugar and soda. Increasing your protein does amazing things to your cravings.

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery in November of 2012 and am down almost 70 pounds. The first 60 pounds came off in two months! Dr. Eslami is very skilled and I haven’t had any complications. I haven’t craved the bad foods, so I don’t experience much dumping or yucky feelings.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

SARAH

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in June of 2012. This is one of the best decisions that I have ever done in my life. I am so glad that I found Dr. Eslami. He is wonderful. He has given me a tool that has changed my life for the better. I was a long time dieter and after a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and after having 3 children I was morbidly obese. Prior to the surgery I could bairly move and was borderline diabetic. In less than a year,I have lost almost 100 pounds. Thank you Dr. Eslami and his staff for all of your help. If you choose Dr. Eslami you will not be disappointed.

ROBYN VALENCIA

Hi my name is Robyn. I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I had my surgery in March 2011 with a starting weight of 322 pounds. Since my surgery I have lost over 150 pounds. Having Gastric Bypass Surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not mentally 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 he is extremely knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my son, lift weights and go zip lining. I even compete in 5K runs now.

I continue to attend monthly support meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very beneficial for my ongoing success. Thank you Dr. Eslami you have given me my life back. I would also like to give a special thanks to Lynette and Rondi, thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout my weight loss journey.

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

Patient Testimonials

PAIGE

After years of loving food I decided it was time to give my bad choices up. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to let go of the sugar and soda. Increasing your protein does amazing things to your cravings.

I had Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery in November of 2012 and am down almost 70 pounds. The first 60 pounds came off in two months! Dr. Eslami is very skilled and I haven’t had any complications. I haven’t craved the bad foods, so I don’t experience much dumping or yucky feelings.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

Shopping at Macy’s takes so much longer now that I can shop in the whole store. It is amazing to fit into a size 12 and I ‘m still getting smaller.

SARAH

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery in June of 2012. This is one of the best decisions that I have ever done in my life. I am so glad that I found Dr. Eslami. He is wonderful. He has given me a tool that has changed my life for the better. I was a long time dieter and after a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and after having 3 children I was morbidly obese. Prior to the surgery I could bairly move and was borderline diabetic. In less than a year,I have lost almost 100 pounds. Thank you Dr. Eslami and his staff for all of your help. If you choose Dr. Eslami you will not be disappointed.

ROBYN VALENCIA

Hi my name is Robyn. I would like to thank Dr. Eslami and his staff for giving me my life back. I had my surgery in March 2011 with a starting weight of 322 pounds. Since my surgery I have lost over 150 pounds. Having Gastric Bypass Surgery was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I thought about having surgery about 10 years ago and was not mentally 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 he is extremely knowledgeable. There are so many things I am able to do now like cross my legs, get on the floor and play with my son, lift weights and go zip lining. I even compete in 5K runs now.

I continue to attend monthly support meetings through Dr. Eslami’s office and feel they are very beneficial for my ongoing success. Thank you Dr. Eslami you have given me my life back. I would also like to give a special thanks to Lynette and Rondi, thank you so much for all of your help and support throughout my weight loss journey.

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