Find the right procedure for you

The first step is finding the treatment that meets the needs of your specific situation. Dr. Nowzaradan is an expert in the cutting edge procedures available and will personally walk you through the advantages and risks of each one. All surgeries have inherent risk, which will be explained to help you make the best decision about your health.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established guidelines to qualify for obesity surgery. These include your Body Mass Index (BMI), as well as secondary conditions that have resulted from the weight (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and heart disease). You can read more about the general guidelines to qualify as well as calculate your BMI using the calculator in the right sidebar.

Once you qualify as a candidate there are several procedures that you and Dr. Nowzaradan will consider together.

Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass
The Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass (RNYGB) procedure is in many ways today’s preferred bariatric (weight loss) treatment because it is more predictable than other options and typically produces greater weight loss and long-term results. It works by restricting how much food a patient needs to feel full and limits how many calories are absorbed by the body. You can read more about this breakthrough procedure here.

Lap Band System
The Lap Band System is a restrictive weight loss procedure that limits your amount of caloric intake by causing you to feel full after eating less food than normal. Unlike other restrictive procedures, no part of the digestive system is bypassed, there are no staples used nor are any parts of the digestive system removed. You can read more about this here.

Gastric Sleeve
Also called the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, this is another restrictive form of weight loss. With the gastric sleeve about 85% of the stomach is removed leaving a smaller stomach pouch the size of a banana, which creates unique advantages over other restrictive options. You can read more about this procedure here.

There are times when other bariatric treatments have less than optimal results. In those cases Revision surgery may be needed as a follow up procedure. It is a highly specialized technique that Dr. Nowzaradan is an expert in. You can read more about this procedure here.