Life Saving Bariatric Surgery in Los Angeles

Obesity has many health risks associated with it. High level of the bad cholesterol (LDL), low levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) triglycerides increases abnormal blood fats.These blood fats increases the risk of coronary heart disease from the plaque, a waxy material that restrict blood flow inside life giving coronary arteries to the heart. A restriction or blockage of blood getting to the heart results in failure. The plaque in arteries can also create a blood clot to form and restrict blood flow to the brain resulting in stroke. Obesity impacts the way a body processes sugar making the level too high. Energy comes from a insulin hormone interacting with sugar. With improper levels the insulin hormone does not react properly with sugar. This is called Type 2 diabetes which is the leading cause of early death, coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and eye health.The majority of type 2 diabetes patients are obese. Obesity also is considered a cause to cancer, sleep apnea, poor breathing, and gallstones.

Bariatric surgery is not a first option for weight loss. The invasive surgery has the risk of any surgery. Following the surgery is a recovery process that is long term due to the initial obesity of the patient.The slower metabolism results in a long recovery process. Initial efforts for weight loss is a proactive diet and exercise regimen. Obese patients are referred to a nutritionist to evaluate eating habits and to form new healthy habits. The nutrition specialists support changes needed for weight loss and foods affecting type 2 diabetes. A health and wellness fitness specialist work on programs to increase metabolism to eliminate weight loss. The exercises in a clinical fitness gym are mostly low impact cardiovascular exercises.The weight for obesity create joint pain that would be more pronounced with running. Effective exercises include using a treadmill, stretching exercises. The patient is advised to continue a physical health regimen at home by walking and using stairs. For certain obesity related conditions like glucose tolerance and severe hypertension, the diet and exercise program may not be as effective in managing weight loss. After a formal weight loss evaluation, bariatric surgery in Los Angeles may be the only option for weight loss.

Bariatric surgery in Los Angeles is a weight loss surgery performed on obese people. The procedure is performed on the stomach and small intestine. One method is to reduce the stomach size with a gastric band making the patient less likely to eat as much food as before. Another method to reduce the size of the stomach is the surgical removal of a portion of the stomach. Gastric bypass surgery creates pouches in the stomach that are bypassed to the small intestine. Food is rerouted to waste rather than absorption by the small intestine. Gastric bypass surgery limits hunger with a smaller stomach pouch and food that is taken is less likely to be absorbed. This type of surgery is for morbidly obese patient. The fat that surrounds the heart, neck supporting breathing, and causing type 2 diabetes is so severe that surgery is necessary to reduce the immediate health risks. Gastric bypass surgery is the most invasive bariatric surgery. It is also the most proactive supporting urgent care resulting in necessary weight loss.

Following bariatric surgery, the post recovery that includes watching for infections, blood clots, and pneumonia. The stomach is observed closely for leakage. Complications may happen later so many follow up appointments are scheduled after surgery. The development of hernia or bowel obstruction can occur. The process of Gastric bypass surgery performed by Los Angeles doctors include the post-surgery visits to eliminate any complications. After recovery, the therapy returns to the diet and exercise regimen that occurred before surgery that served as a first weight loss choice before the bariatric procedure.

This article was originally posted on travelerstoday.com


Food Friday: Skinny Strawberries Romanoff

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Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to eat strawberries out of a champagne glass! We love this bariatric friendly dessert because the combination of light sour cream and the sweetness of brown sugar drizzled over berries makes a guilt-free, yet decadent dessert choice.


  • 16 oz strawberries, washed and cut
  • 4 oz low fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


  • Combine sour cream and brown sugar. Place about five strawberries in each glass and drizzle each with 2 tablespoons of cream sauce.


  • Servings: 5, Size: about 5 strawberries + 2 tbsp cream
  • Calories: 77.2
  • Protein: 2.1 grams
  • Carb: 12.8 grams
  • Fat: 2.4 grams

This recipe came from skinnytaste.com


Warning Labels on Sodas Proposed

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Khalili Center for Bariatric Care’s Dr. Nishi took time to chat with Fox 11 LA about the proposed soda warning labels and obesity issues in the community. The Khalili Center performs Gastric Bypass surgery, Gastric Sleeve surgery, Lap Band surgery, and revisional weight loss surgery in Beverly Hills, California. Click here to view the segment.


Robotic Surgery in the ASC: When Does It Make Sense?

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Gregg Kai Nishi, MD, a general and bariatric surgeon and director of the Institute for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at K and B Surgical Center in Beverly Hill, Calif., describes the process of bringing the da Vinci Surgical System to the ASC and building a robotic surgery division. Is a robotic surgical system right for your center?

Financial consideration
Robotic technology is an expensive investment; there are hospitals that hesitate because of the costs involved. The first step in considering the addition of robotic surgery is to decide if it is financially feasible. Dr. Nishi and his colleagues initially spoke with a team at da Vinci about learning to use the system at a nearby hospital and lightheartedly suggested bringing the system to K and B Surgical Center instead. What began as an offhand remark started to make more and more sense. The center had the resources to make the initial investment and the physician support to make the future of a robotics program sustainable.

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Hungry For A Healthy Valentine’s Day?

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Check out these simple tips to help bariatric patients keep celebrating their figure as well as the love in their lifes!

  1. Dim the lights, turn on soft music and cook a healthy meal with your loved one or with friends!
  2. Choose a light, yet delicious restaurant entrée or appetizer, knowing dessert will soon follow!
  3. Fill your second champagne glass with water!
  4. Grab a cozy blanket for two and take a romantic walk along the cliffs with a picnic basket full of healthy foods.
  5. Give the gift of chocolate when it’s covering strawberries or other fresh fruit!
  6. Whether there are two of you or you are going solo to see a movie, sneak a healthy snack pack in!
  7. Flavor your 0% Greek yogurt with low calorie cocoa and stevia…yummy!
  8. Share a romantic dessert by putting 2 spoons into a low fat frozen yogurt!
  9. Consider that your own kiss is better than any chocolate one you can give!
  10. Do something extra special for you like schedule that long-awaited massage!


Let’s Go Shopping!

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Grab your shopping basket and join Misti for a shopping adventure at Trader Joe’s!

  • Learn how to navigate through Trader Joe’s
  • Learn great hands-on food tips

Event Information:
Monday, February 10th at 6pm
Trader Joe’s Los Angeles, Store #237
8500 Burton Way
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Corner of Burton and Colgate
Complementary Parking!


Meet at Trader Joe’s in the flower section by the grocery carts… look for the cart with the orange balloon!
See you at Tader Joe’s instead of Khalili Center!


What Are You Practicing?

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Every day, whether we are aware of it or not, we are practicing something…and what you practice, you become a master at. Your daily actions are creating a life that you will have to live in. Are you aware of what you are practicing? We benefit when we know what we want and we practice daily in a way that leads us to be the master of that life.  When we are not aware and become disconnected, we accidentally religiously practice actions that make the life we want and more and more distant.  If you want love, then you have to practice being open to giving and receiving love daily. If you want to improve your strength, then you have to practice increasing your muscles. If you desire companionship and feeling connected, then you have to practice making, maintaining and fostering connections daily.

This is a helpful mindset for any weight loss surgery patient to have throughout their journey.

What are you practicing today? Is it strengthening you and taking you in the direction you desire? If not, what do you want to practice today?

Angela Taylor, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker


Do You Suffer From Night Eating?

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Did you know that Night Eating Syndrome occurs in approximately 28% of people seeking gastric bypass?

If night eating haunts you, ask yourself the following:

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Food Friday: Zucchini Pizza Bites

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Craving Pizza for the big game day?

Try these yummy and Guiltless Zucchini Pizza Bites! We love this tasty bariatric friendly recipe because it fits the bill for a healthy and fun “anytime” meal. Rich in healthy nutrition and it favors your bariatric waistline! Enjoy!


  • 4 slices large zucchini 1/4″ thick (or 1 medium zucchini cut on diagonal)
  • Olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp quick marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella


  • Cut zucchini about 1/4 inch thick. Spray both side lightly with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Broil or grill the zucchini for about 2 minute on each side.
  • Top with sauce and low fat cheese and broil for an additional minute or two.

**Chef’s note: Careful not to burn cheese!

  • Servings: 1, Serving Size: 4 pieces
  • Calories: 124.8
  • Protein: 8.2 grams
  • Carb: 10.4 grams
  • Fat: 5.7 grams

This recipe appears courtesy of skinnytaste.com


Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?

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Weight loss can be a difficult battle, but it can be especially difficult if the battle has raged on for many years.

One solution to overcome the war is bariatric or weight loss surgery. Each year, bariatric surgery offers thousands of people numerous benefits of weight loss such as the relief of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, just to name a few.

If you’re considering bariatric surgery or plan to seek consultation, below is what you can expect before, during and after surgery.

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The information presented in the blog pages of Khalili Center is for educational and informational purposes only and should not considered personal medical advice. Consult with your personal physician/care giver regarding your own personal medical care.