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Have you tried diet and exercise without sustainable weight loss? Are you tired of false promises of new weight loss “apps”, “meds” and “injectables’”? Have you put honest attempts at weight loss without meaningful results? Do you feel it is getting harder and harder to maintain your weight year after year? Do you want to get rid of your diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are in the right place! And more importantly, you are not alone!
I have often been asked “Doctor R! I want to move forward with weight loss surgery and I do not want any delays! Can you help me?” and the answer is Yes! We CAN help!
Please take a few minutes to carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions below. It will help you understand the potential reasons behind your weight issues and seek proper treatment.
Sincerely,

Have you tried diet and exercise without sustainable weight loss? Are you tired of false promises of new weight loss “apps”, “meds” and “injectables’”? Have you put honest attempts at weight loss without meaningful results? Do you feel it is getting harder and harder to maintain your weight year after year? Do you want to get rid of your diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are in the right place! And more importantly, you are not alone!
I have often been asked “Doctor R! I want to move forward with weight loss surgery and I do not want any delays! Can you help me?” and the answer is Yes! We CAN help!
Please take a few minutes to carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions below. It will help you understand the potential reasons behind your weight issues and seek proper treatment.
Sincerely,

Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

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I have tried diet and exercise for years and have not been successful with achieving sustainable weight loss. Why?

You are not alone!

It has been well documented that beyond six months the sustainability of weight loss in patients with obesity and metabolic syndrome is less than 5%. This means that even if you lose weight with diet and exercise alone, your chances of keeping weight down is less than 5%.

What is metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. The syndrome increases a person’s risk for heart attacks and strokes. Aside from a large waist circumference, most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no symptoms.

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Is there a definitive treatment for metabolic syndrome?

Yes!

Weight loss surgeries (metabolic surgeries) such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass will permanently address the collective issues of metabolic syndrome, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, etc.

I was previously told that I am not a qualified candidate for weight loss surgery. If weight loss surgery helps me become healthier and lose weight, then how come I am not qualified?

Good question!

The answer to this question depends on who you ask. To start, let’s get to know a few who’s who:

National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research.

The NIH guidelines for weight loss surgery state that bariatric surgery can be considered for patients who have a BMI greater than 40 kg/m2 or a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2 with major weight-related medical problems (such as diabetes).
The problem: The guideline was issued over 30 years ago! Yes, you read it correctly! Over 30 years ago! And to make the matter worse, it has not been updated for the past 30 years!

An Insurance company is the entity that pays for your surgery! Furthermore, insurance companies follow the guidelines of the NIH.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the governing body of the bariatric surgeries and bariatric surgeons in the United States. Their guidelines regarding bariatric surgery are updated very frequently based on cutting-edge research and new discoveries. The most updated ASMBS* position statement regarding weight loss surgery for low BMI patients is a follows:

…For patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 kg/m2 and obesity related co-morbidities who do not achieve substantial, durable weight loss and co-morbidity improvement with reasonable nonsurgical methods, bariatric surgery should be offered as an option for suitable individuals. In this population, surgical intervention should be considered after failure of nonsurgical treatments. Particularly given the presence of high-quality data in patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric and metabolic surgery should be strongly considered for patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 kg/m2 and type 2 diabetes.

*https://asmbs.org/app/uploads/2018/08/PIIS1550728918302934-Low-BMI.pdf

Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

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Is weight loss surgery safe for low-BMI patients?

Yes!

Several studies have shown that weight loss surgeries are well tolerated and effective treatments for patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 kg/m2. The safety and efficacy of these procedures in low-BMI patients appear to be similar to results in patients with severe obesity.

What options do I have?

At Torrance Bariatric Institute, we have developed the Fast Track Bariatric Program™ (FTBP™) that has successfully served thousands of low-BMI patients. The program has been developed by the world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Roohipour, and has since gained traction nationally and internationally. The program has been adopted by bariatric surgeons around the world.

Choc Mitchell
Choc Mitchell
April 30, 2024
My experience at R&R was phenomenal. I went in nervous because it would be my first Sugery ever , and the staff was so nice and consistent. They wouldn’t allow me to stress or be overwhelmed . I was taken care of by Leslie , PA Cat and Dr. Angelo . I was communicated with through the entire process and they are very very good and providing information through email text and phone . I was so confident after speaking with them and having all my questions answered . I had to get labs and that was easy , fast and the staff was great there also . If I had to do it again I would because of how well I was taking care of . My healing process is great as well . Thank you guys again for giving me a great experience through this journey!
Matt Aragon
Matt Aragon
April 30, 2024
The entire process was smooth , easy and most importantly informative. The entire process , the entire staff took the time to answer any all questions that came up. It always seemed like my care , procedure and recovery were top of mind ! They truly made me feel like a valued patient and not just another number.
Ashley Gonzalez
Ashley Gonzalez
April 22, 2024
Great experience from start to finish. Appreciate all medical staff. Highly recommend.
michele nuez
michele nuez
April 16, 2024
I am thrilled to have chosen Torrance Bariatric Institute for my procedure. Their team has been nothing but professional, providing me with the necessary knowledge and tools to ensure a successful outcome. Thank you so very much!
ME Flores
ME Flores
April 16, 2024
I had a great experience, very good care, excellent persanal. Highly recommend.
rose soibatian
rose soibatian
April 12, 2024
Staff was excellent
Salvador Amador
Salvador Amador
April 4, 2024
Surgery was on 3/28/24 and let me say the procedure was very smooth and easy. All the staff and surgeons were very professional and very helpful throughout my whole process. For anyone looking for a place to receive weight-loss surgery and wants full attention at all times this is the place. Only couple rooms so you will receive great attention 24/7
Paty R
Paty R
April 2, 2024
My friend recommended Torrance Bariatrics Institute after she had her surgery, and let me tell you this place is amazing from the Doctors, PAs, and staff. They are so quick tor resolve any questions and concerns you have. Also the process is so quick. My whole process took about a month, and only because I was having thyroid issues or else it would have been shorter. If you’re thinking about getting surgery at Torrance Bariatrics don’t think twice go for it you wont regret it.
Lili Ulloa
Lili Ulloa
March 29, 2024
I’m happy that I found this center. Every person I interacted with from the beginning was helpful and answered all my questions. Staff members were available via text which makes it easier for those really busy days that you can’t pick up the phone. The doctors were informative and thorough in their approach. I feel good about having had surgery here.
hadeer jasim
hadeer jasim
March 29, 2024
Torrance Bariatrics team was amazing they helped me achieve what I wanted and get the surgery within a month! Everyone on the team was amazing and very helpful in following up on everything that needed to be done during surgery! Thank you!

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Why choose Torrance Bariatric Institute

At Torrance Bariatrics we provide concierge, individualized and tailored care to our patients, and one patient at a time. More importantly your surgery will be performed at a MBSAQIP accredited facility, where the highest quality of care according to industry standards is guaranteed. Our surgeons have performed thousands of successful surgeries. Patients travel from across the country to have their surgeries (whether initial or revision) at Torrance Bariatrics. Our satisfied patients and their success stories are testament to our difference.

I live for away. Can I have my initial consultation via telemedicine?

Yes!

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Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?

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Appointments available this week

zero co-pay consultation with PPO insurance