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Treating Obesity with Surgery

People who are morbidly obese typically have tried repeatedly to achieve a healthy weight through numerous diets and weight loss programs. Unfortunately, less than 5% of this patient group will overcome morbid obesity with nonsurgical methods. Repeated attempts to lose weight through diet often result in failure and even additional weight gain, as many of our patient testimonials state.

The frustration that comes from not being able to lose and control weight contributes to the increased rate of depression seen among obese individuals. Many resign themselves to being permanently overweight, and suffer with the emotional and physical burdens of obesity. San Francisco/Oakland weight loss surgery may be the best option for treating morbid obesity and resolving the numerous health problems it causes.

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Physical and Emotional Benefits

Bariatric surgery is widely accepted to be the most effective and lasting solution for morbid obesity and many related conditions. In addition, there is mounting evidence suggesting it may be among the most effective treatments for metabolic diseases and conditions including:

  • Adult onset diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Most patients undergoing bariatric surgery at our Bay Area weight loss surgery center lose around 80% of their excess weight within the first year after surgery. During this time, patients report higher energy levels, more physical activity, and an improved sense of wellbeing. At the same time, we see related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, mood disorders, and breathing and circulation problems begin to resolve themselves in most cases. Among our post-surgical results, we are particulary excited to see a 97% resolution rate after surgery for our patients who had diabetes. Gradual weight loss may continue for another year, until weight stabilizes, during which time we continue to support our patients through the many physical, social, and emotional changes which occur as a result of this surgery.

Less Risk, Better Results

Weight loss surgery at our Bay Area center is performed laparoscopically using the latest techniques. Dr. John Rabkin specializes in the duodenal switch bariatric surgery procedure, which limits the intake and absorption of calories, resulting in progressive, long-term weight loss. This technique allows for increased patient comfort, a more "normal" diet, and overall decreased risk and incidence of complications compared to other bariatric procedures, particularly the risk of weight re-gain over time.


To learn more about treating obesity with surgery, click here to request a consultation with Dr. John Rabkin at Pacific Laparoscopy. Or you can call our office at 415-668-3200 to schedule your appointment.

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