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Patient Testimonials Part – 2

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.

DrEslami 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) .DrEslami 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.

What is Morbid Obesity?

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.

What is the cost of this operation?

Please contact us and take care to fill out the insurance coverage verification portion of the form.

Will my insurance cover this operation?

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.

How safe is this operation?

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.

 

 

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Patient Testimonials Part – 1

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 horse back 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 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 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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Lynette Saldana Part – I

Bariatric Coordinator

As Bariatric coordinator Lynette brings 10 years of experience. She has assisted hundreds of patients through the process of pre surgical preparation. Given Lynette’s experience & passion for bariatric patients and knowing the issues that obese individuals face she gives our practice the personal touch that they deserve. Lynette is always available to answer any questions you might have about steps to achieve your dream of weight loss.

Mania Deldar Doucette

Counselor

Mania Deldar Doucette, MFTI, is a Registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern, Registration #73945, who is supervised by Leslie Baughman, LMFT Lic #41380. She received a Masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University Sacramento and graduated with honors.  She has received high praise for her ability to connect with clients and help them to achieve their therapeutic goals. In addition to her academic coursework and practicum placement, Mania has completed internships at prestigious institutions such as UC Davis CAARE Center and Head Start.

Mania is experienced in working with individuals (children, teens and adults), couples, and families. She specializes in working with individuals who are overweight and/or compulsively overeat as well as their families.  Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of therapeutic modalities with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) population.

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.

AfshinEslami, 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.

DrEslami 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) .DrEslami 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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Laparoscopic Surgery Part – I

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.

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 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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Am I a Candidate?

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

Your suitability for surgery will be determined after a formal discussion with our trained staff.

What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled office appointment?

Apart from medicare and your insurance information

  • Drivers License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans etc and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff 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.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

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.

How can my family doctor help me to obtain specialist medical care?

Before seeing any medical specialist, it is always preferable to talk to your own family doctor, who can discuss your condition with you and advise 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.

What should I expect during first visit?

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.

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General Appointment Part – I

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.

DrEslami 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) .DrEslami 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.

General Appointment

For all clinic appointments and inquiries, please call (916) 932-0314 or click to request an appointment online.

E-mail:info@slimlifesolutions.com

Website:www.slimlifesolutions.com

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your Appointment for registration and to fill in a health questionnaire.

When you come for your appointments, please remember to bring the following

  • Drivers License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans etc and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

To cancel an appointment

Telephone the office during business hours and allow at least 1 day’s notice so that we can offer your appointment time to patients on our waiting list.

We recognise that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to run on time. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time, and these cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologise if we keep you waiting.

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

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Patient Testimonials Part – I

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.

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.

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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Medical Weight Loss California Part – I

Megan: April 2013, Dr. Eslami performed the Sleeve Gastrectomy. I have since lost 94 pounds within the past 8 months. I have so much energy and am able to enjoy many things I couldn’t do prior to having this surgery. Most importantly, I am becoming healthier! Dr. Eslami and his wonderful, dedicated staff are awesome and will guide you through the process with ease. I can’t imagine what life would be like for me without having had this surgery. My life has been renewed!

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 DrEslami’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 DrEslami 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.

Tavizon: Hi, my name is Isabel, Icame to Slim Life Solutions weighing 273 lbs and very unhappy, I am a cook at a correctional training center and so it was very challenging for me to lose weight even though I worked out I felt defeated, my sister informed me about bariatric surgery, and so here I am a year later & a 100 pounds lighter, and so very happy. Thank You so much Dr. Eslami and all the team at Slim Life Solutions.

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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Weight Loss California Part – I

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.

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.

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.

We strongly recommend you exercise after your operation to help you lose the weight the fastest. Feel free to take some light, brisk walks when you return home. Most of our patients can proceed with a regular stint of exercise after 6 weeks.

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Gastric Bypass Part – 1

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.

DrEslami 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) .DrEslami 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.

Valarie Kane, RD

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Valarie Kane is a Registered Dietitian and earned her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from California State University of Sacramento. While completing her dietetic internship at Oregon Health & Science University, Valarie acquired extensive experience in both adults and pediatrics working in an inpatient hospital setting, as well as with various outpatient clinics. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Dietetics Association. She continues her education at various conferences and seminars throughout the country. Valarie has a special interest in gastrointestinal diseases, food allergies, and weight management.

Valarie is currently working towards becoming a certified specialist in Adult Weight Management as well as Child & Adolescent Weight Management.

She enjoys traveling, new adventures, and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys teaching nutrition education and helping people achieve their goals through behavior change, diet modification and creating a healthy lifestyle overall.

Mania Deldar Doucette

Counselor

Mania Deldar Doucette, MFTI, is a Registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern, Registration #73945, who is supervised by Leslie Baughman, LMFT Lic #41380. She received a Masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from California State University Sacramento and graduated with honors.  She has received high praise for her ability to connect with clients and help them to achieve their therapeutic goals. In addition to her academic coursework and practicum placement, Mania has completed internships at prestigious institutions such as UC Davis CAARE Center and Head Start.

Mania is experienced in working with individuals (children, teens and adults), couples, and families. She specializes in working with individuals who are overweight and/or compulsively overeat as well as their families.  Her clinical emphasis utilizes an integrated approach of therapeutic modalities with a strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).Mania is fluent in Farsi and is also Safe Zone Certified to work effectively with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) population.

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