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Eisenhower Bariatric Center

Board Certified Surgeon Bobby Bhasker-Rao, MD, FACS, performs both gastric bypass surgery and gastric lap-banding procedures at Eisenhower Bariatric Center.

At Eisenhower Bariatric Center (EBC), we specialize in a wide spectrum of minimally invasive** robotic/laparoscopic weight loss surgical procedures:
1. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
2. Sleeve Gastrectomy
3. Duodenal Switch (modified)
4. Lap Band
5. Revisional Surgeries
6. Conversion Surgeries:

Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) is now recognized as the standard of care, with the only proven treatment of morbid obesity* in the long-term. This is based on several studies performed by the National Institute of Health, which have repeatedly proven surgery as the only safe, long term option for patients suffering from excessive weight and co-existing health problems. Bariatric Surgery has also been endorsed by the Surgeon General of the United States and Medicare as the only safe Long Term option currently available for weight loss.

All procedures are performed through minimally invasive surgery using state-of–the–art da Vinci robotic system. Five small incisions (<0.5cm size) are made across the abdomen. This allows for insertion of a camera, providing the surgeon a 3-dimensional image inside the abdomen. Robotic instrumentation is inserted into the other incisions. These instruments have a 360-degree wrist rotation (normal wrist rotation only allows for 180 degrees), allowing for the more precise dissection and suturing translating into safer surgical outcomes. Most patients experience less pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and quicker return to normal activities. Currently, Eisenhower Bariatric Center offers the most experienced robotic bariatric surgery program in Southern California, with superior outcomes.

For more information about Eisenhower Bariatric Center, please call 760-568-1234.

*Morbid Obesity: Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (100 lbs over ideal body weight) or
BMI 35 to 40 with associated co-morbidities such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, etc
**Minimally Invasive Surgery: This is where all of the above mentioned surgeries are performed via 5 small (<0.5 cm in size) incisions across the abdomen.

Bariatric Support Groups for 2016

Support Groups are open to all pre-op and post-op bariatric patients and their support persons. They are held the second Monday of each month in the Annenberg Classroom (unless noted) at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. They occur the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m.


October 10: Guest Speaker: Dr Kimberley Yang Topic: Self-Compassion Will Keep the Weight Off
November 14: Topic: Guest Speaker: Certified Personal Trainer
December 12: Topic: Success Habits of weight loss surgery patients

Bariatric Surgery Seminars

Bariatric Surgery Information Seminars are held monthly at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The seminar provides information for those considering weight-loss surgery such as benefits, requirements prior to surgery and complications. A question and answer session follows. Reservations are required. All community members are invited to attend.

All seminars are held in the Annenberg Classroom (unless noted) at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. All people interested in learning about the surgery are welcome. Please go to emc.org/calendar for information on how to register.

October Saturday, 8 at 10a.m. Wednesday 19 at 5:30 p.m.
November Saturday, 12 at 10 a.m. Wednesday 30 at 5:30 p.m.
December Saturday, 17 at 10 a.m.

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