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How Safe Is Bariatric Surgery in Los Angeles?

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By Jeremy Korman

Posted on February 8th, 2012 in Weight Loss

You are probably aware of the recent, ongoing negative publicity surrounding the LAP-BAND® procedure. One group, in particular, has been the focus of a series of investigative reports by the Los Angeles Times. These stories understandably cause alarm when they hit the news, especially for anyone who may have been thinking about a bariatric procedure.

However, what doesn't make it into the news as often are stories about the hundreds of thousands of people who successfully undergo bariatric surgery, experience no problems, and go on to lose weight and improve their quality of life.

The gastric-band procedure is generally considered to be one of the safest, most effective treatment options for morbid obesity. Recent studies in the Journal of American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine have confirmed that, when the operations is performed by a skilled surgery, lap-band surgery is safe and effective with fewer than two percent of patients experiencing serious complications [1], [2], [3].

Weight Loss Surgery at Marina Weight Loss

At Marina Weight Loss, we pride ourselves on our impeccable experience and our excellent care. We perform lap-bandgastric bypass, and gastric sleeve procedures, as well as combinations of procedures, and revisions of past weight-loss operations. We keep up-to-date with the most modern surgical developments, and we always place safety before all other considerations.

We are highly trained specialists with thousands of procedures under our belts, and our safety record and patient satisfaction level are very good. In recognition of our successful pursuit of quality and safety, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery granted Marina Weight Loss the MBSAQIP accreditation. We underwent a rigorous screening process, including examinations of our records and our facilities, to earn this honor.

We would like to invite you to call our office at 310.577.5540 to discuss any concerns you may have about bariatric surgery. Safety is a huge concern; let's discuss it openly.


[1] Perioperative Safety in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery. The Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Consortium. N Engl J Med 2009; 361:445-454July 30, 2009

[2] Hospital Complication Rates With Bariatric Surgery in Michigan. Nancy J. O. Birkmeyer, Justin B. Dimick, David Share, Abdelkader Hawasli, Wayne J. English, Jeffrey Genaw, Jonathan F. Finks, Arthur M. Carlin, John D. Birkmeyer, for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative. JAMA. 2010;304(4):435-442.. DOI:10.1001/jama.2010.1034

[3] M. S. Parikh, G. A. Fielding, and C. J. Ren. U.S. experience with 749 laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands: intermediate outcomes. Surgical Endoscopy. Volume 19, Number 12, 1631-1635, DOI: 10.1007/s00464-005-0302-7