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The Khalili Difference

Our dedicated team of award winning surgeons is committed to providing the best possible healthcare for any patient under their care. Their multi-disciplinary approach allows for a unique, comprehensive, and holistic approach to bariatric surgery care. This approach includes a support program that begins prior to surgery and continues after surgery for life! With decades of experience, and over 5,000 successful bariatric surgery procedures performed, patients can rest assured that they are in skilled and caring hands with Khalili Center surgeons, Dr. Ted Khalili, Dr. Eraj Basseri, and Dr. Kai Nishi. The decision to include patients in their own care results in a feeling of warmth and ease for both the patient and surgeon. Khalili Center is the #1 medical practice for bariatric care in Los Angeles.

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Types of Surgeries

LAP-BAND®

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Overview

During the LAP-BAND® procedure, the LAP-BAND® is placed around the uppermost part of the stomach, dividing it into two parts: a small upper pouch and a lower stomach. The upper pouch can hold only about 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of food. As a result, you eat less food at one time, feel full sooner, and feel satisfied longer. The goal is to lose weight gradually, at a healthy rate of 1 to 2 pounds per week. No part of your stomach is stapled or removed during surgery, and your intestines are not rerouted, so you can continue to absorb nutrients from food. The LAP-BAND® is made of biocompatible materials, so it can be placed inside your body without causing harm. The side of the band that fits against your stomach is lined with a soft balloon. After the LAP-BAND® surgery, saline (a safe liquid) is delivered into the balloon to control the band tightness.

The degree of band tightness affects how much food you can eat during a meal and the length of time it takes for food to empty from the upper pouch. When the band is adjusted to the proper tightness, you’ll feel full sooner and stay fuller longer. As the band helps you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

How To Prepare

After you complete your initial surgical consultation with one of the physicians at the Center, and you remain a potential candidate for surgery, you’ll be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests and consultations to make sure that you will do well with the surgery. The nurse will go over with you in detail the tests and consultations you will need to undergo prior to surgery and you can arrange with your primary care provider to have the tests done.

Results

After your banding procedure, you won’t able to eat as much food as you can now and you may lose a significant amount of weight—improving your overall health and quality of life and increasing your life expectancy. Other conditions related to obesity may be alleviated, as well, such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. You’ll feel a new sense of pride in your appearance and a motivation to stay on an exercise regimen and general wellness program.

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What to Expect

The LAP-BAND® is implanted using laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery while you’re under anesthesia. Laparoscopic surgery is performed using small incisions—and usually means a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.

After the surgery, your body will need to adjust to the newly implanted LAP-BAND®. Although most patients have a very smooth recovery, yours may not be the same as other patients. For example, you may experience regurgitation, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, or diarrhea. While these are generally normal, be sure to inform your doctor if any of these occur.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur with LAP-BAND®. Although these problems rarely occur, we want you to be aware of them. The Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision about whether this option—or another procedure—is right for you.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Overview

The surgeon essentially creates a smaller stomach, shaped like a narrow sleeve by separating it from the larger portion of the stomach. The larger part of the stomach contains a hormone responsible for appetite, so after the sleeve procedure, hunger is greatly reduced. All the functions of the stomach remain intact, only its volume is reduced. The “sleeved” portion of the stomach remains connected to the intestines.

This is a safe and effective way to achieve and maintain a healthier weight. This operation is also a viable alternative for those patients who have specific conditions that prohibit gastric bypass surgery.

How To Prepare

After you complete your initial consultation with one of the surgeons at the Center, and you remain a potential candidate for surgery, you’ll be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests and consultations to make sure that you will do well with the surgery. The nurse will go over with you in detail the tests and consultations you’ll need to undergo prior to surgery, and you can arrange with your primary care provider to have the tests done.

Results

After your surgery, you won’t able to eat as much food as you can now and you may lose a significant amount of weight—improving your overall health and quality of life and increasing your life expectancy. Other conditions related to obesity may be alleviated, as well, such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. You’ll feel a new sense of pride in your appearance and a motivation to stay on an exercise regimen and general wellness program.

How It Works Video

What to Expect

Generally, you’ll go home one to two days after surgery, follow a liquid diet for the first week or two, then soft foods after that. You’ll be given medications to take as directed for pain and acid reflux. You should be back to work and non-strenuous physical activity about a week after the procedure. Although most patients have a very smooth recovery, yours may not be the same as other patients. For example, you may experience regurgitation, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, or diarrhea. While these are generally normal, be sure to inform your doctor if any of these occur.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur in a sleeve gastrectomy. Although these problems rarely occur, we want you to be aware of them upfront. The Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision about whether this option—or another procedure—is right for you.

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Gastric Bypass

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Overview

The small intestine is divided about 18 inches below the stomach, and is re-arranged so as to provide an outlet to the small stomach and maintain the flow of digestive juices.

The lower part of the stomach is “bypassed”, and food enters the second part of the small bowel within about 10 minutes of the start of your meal. Food intake is restricted and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs is reduced.

The result is a very early sense of fullness, followed by a profound sense of satisfaction. Even though the food portion size may be small, you won’t feel hungry or feel like you’ve been deprived. You’ll continue to enjoy food, you’ll just consume a lot less.

How To Prepare

After you complete your initial consultation with one of the surgeons at the Center, and you remain a potential candidate for surgery, you’ll be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests and consultations to make sure that you will do well with the surgery. The nurse will go over with you in detail the tests and consultations you’ll need to undergo prior to surgery, and you can arrange with your primary care provider to have the tests done.

Results

Gastric bypass surgery facilitates weight loss in two ways: It dramatically restricts the amount of food the patient can or desires to eat, and it decreases the number of calories absorbed. As a result of undergoing the procedure, you can expect to lose a significant amount of weight. In addition, weight-related health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes may be partially or totally relieved. You’ll feel a new sense of pride in your appearance and a motivation to stay on an exercise regimen and general wellness program.

How It Works Video

What to Expect

Generally, you’ll go home one to two days after surgery, follow a liquid diet for the first week or two, then soft foods after that. You’ll be given medications to take as directed for pain and acid reflux. You should be back to work and non-strenuous physical activity about a week after the procedure. Although most patients have a very smooth recovery, yours may not be the same as other patients. For example, you may experience regurgitation, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, or diarrhea. While these are generally normal, be sure to inform your doctor if any of these occur.

Risks

Laparoscopic gastric bypass can be performed on almost all obese patients. However, patients who have had previous open operations in the upper abdomen, especially on the stomach, may not be the best candidates for this type of procedure.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur. Although these problems rarely occur, we want you to be aware of them. The Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision about whether this option—or another procedure—is right for you.

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Revisional Procedures

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Overview

While generally successful, the two most widely-performed surgical procedures, gastric bypass and adjustable LAP-BAND®, require occasional revision. This is due to either device-related problems or unsatisfactory weight loss. In addition, several surgeries that are no longer commonly performed (jejunoileal bypass or the stapled gastroplasty), are associated with many anatomic and nutritional complications. Patients who underwent these procedures frequently require revisional surgery. The outcome of most revisional operations is favorable when performed by an experienced bariatric surgeon—and when patients are appropriately selected for such procedures. The founder of the Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California, Dr. Theodore M. Khalili, is one of the leading authorities on revisional bariatric surgery in the U.S., and has performed more of these procedures than any other doctor in Southern California.

How To Prepare

After you complete your initial consultation with one of the surgeons at the Center, and you remain a potential candidate for surgery, you’ll be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests and consultations to make sure that you will do well with the surgery. The nurse will go over with you in detail the tests and consultations you’ll need to undergo prior to surgery, and you can arrange with your primary care provider to have the tests done.

Results

The goals and outcomes of each revisional surgery can vary, depending on the previous operation(s) that were performed. Generally, you won’t able to eat as much food as you can now and you may lose a significant amount of weight—improving your overall health and quality of life and increasing your life expectancy. Other conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, may be alleviated, as well. You’ll also feel a new sense of pride in your appearance and a motivation to stay on an exercise regimen and general wellness program.

What to Expect

Generally, you’ll go home two to three days after surgery, follow a liquid diet for the first week or two, then soft foods after that. You’ll be given medications to take as directed for pain and acid reflux. You should be back to work and non-strenuous physical activity about a week after the procedure. Although most patients have a very smooth recovery, yours may not be the same as other patients. For example, you may experience regurgitation, nausea, acid reflux, constipation, or diarrhea. While these are generally normal, be sure to inform your doctor if any of these occur.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur in a revisional surgery. With every re-operation we perform, we take extra precautions throughout the process. Although problems rarely occur, we want you to be aware of them upfront. The Weight Loss Surgery of Southern California team is committed to providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision about whether this option is right for you.

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