News and Press Releases

News and press releases

Dr. David Thoman and Dr. Kimberly Grafton of Advanced Surgical Associates offer you current news on minimally-invasive techniques for resolving gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, and diseases of the breast. They encourage you to visit this page regularly to hear the latest news from their practice.

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  • Los Angeles LAP-BAND® patients experience fewer complications than gastric bypass

    According to bariatric surgeon Dr. David Thoman of Advanced Surgical Associates of Santa Barbara, individuals who choose a popular procedure for weight loss in Fresno called LAP-BAND® generally report fewer complications and reduced downtime than individuals who undergo gastric bypass surgery. Dr. Thoman notes that although both procedures are effective for helping men and women lose weight safely . . .    read more

    Dr. Thoman offers “scarless” weight loss surgery for Fresno patients

    Central Coast bariatric surgeon Dr. David Thoman of Advanced Surgical Associates of Santa Barbara offers a minimally-invasive approach to weight loss options for Fresno area patients. The revolutionary technique, known as the SILS™ procedure, allows Dr. Thoman to operate using a single incision through the belly button, rather than the standard 3 or 4 half-inch incisions required for most laparoscopic . . .    read more

    Obesity specialist in Santa Barbara county comments on LAP-BAND® study

    A recent study indicates that LAP-BAND weight loss surgery can provide both physical and psychological benefits to patients. A board-certified surgeon and obesity specialist in Santa Barbara County, Dr. David Scott Thoman discusses the study and explains that the results reflect what he has seen at his own . . .    read more

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  • Change your life with gastric bypass surgery

    Many people in America and around the world are suffering the life-altering effects of severe obesity. Obesity is not simply a health issue . . .    read more

    Is surgery your best solution?

    One-third of all Americans can be considered to be obese because they have an unhealthy proportion of body fat. Obesity affects all . . .    read more

    The gastric sleeve could save your life

    If you are obese, then you already know the many ways in which your excess weight makes you suffer — the inability to move freely and exercise . . .    read more

    The cost of lap band surgery

    LAP-BAND Surgery is a safe alternative to gastric bypass surgery and has been approved by the FDA since 2001. The LAP-BAND is an adjustable silicone . . .    read more

    You now have more weight loss options

    Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. It is a medical condition whereby excess body fat has accumulated to the point where it’s causing adverse . . .    read more

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    We're here to help you through this challenging time as you consider your options for a healthier lifestyle. Our goal is to provide sage and effective modern care in an environment of support and compassion. We strive to give you confidence in our techniques and comfort in our care.
  • Is rectal surgery your best option?

    There are many reasons why a patient may require rectal surgery; benign or malignant tumors, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or volvulus to name a few. All of these conditions . . .    read more

    Relief from pain with hernia surgery

    Hernias occur when part of an internal organ or tissue protrudes through a weakened area of muscle. Hernias are a common occurrence and can . . .    read more

    Our gastrointestinal specialists can help

    There are many different reasons a person might require gastrointestinal surgery. Diseases and disorders which affect any of the abdominal organs . . .    read more

    Living with extreme heartburn?

    Nearly everyone experiences heartburn on occasion. Heartburn happens when stomach acid regurgitates up into the esophagus due to the esophageal sphincter . . .    read more

    Minimally invasive spleen removal surgery

    Your spleen is an organ located in the upper left quarter of your abdomen and behind the stomach. The spleen acts as a filter for purifying your blood, removing microbes . . .    read more

    Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery options

    One of the most common surgeries performed today is the removal of the gallbladder. Gallbladder surgery is necessary when the organ becomes diseased and filled with . . .    read more

    Minimally invasive gastrointestinal procedures

    Many gastrointestinal problems can be treated through changes in diet and lifestyle or medications, but in some cases surgery is required. Traditional surgery involves . . .    read more

    Laparoscopic colorectal surgeons

    In the past, colon and rectal surgeries required a large incision to be made in the pelvic and/or abdominal regions which resulted in a protracted stay . . .    read more

    Minimally invasive vascular surgery

    The vascular system is the network of arteries, veins and capillaries that carry blood to and from the heart and throughout the body. When vascular disease, trauma, or other . . .    read more

    Weight loss center in Goleta

    Goleta is home to the University of California at Santa Barbara. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the San Ynez Mountains, Goleta was originally named . . .    read more

    Santa Maria weight loss options

    If you’re a wine lover, then Santa Maria is the place for you. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Santa Maria is home to the . . .    read more

    Weight loss resources for San Luis Obispo

    Located on the Pacific Coastline, with a charming downtown and a prestigious college, San Luis Obispo (SLO) is one of the most desirable places to . . .    read more

    Weight loss surgery for Ventura

    Located northwest of Los Angeles, Ventura, California sits on the coast of the beautiful Pacific ocean. The climate is considered Mediterranean, with the ocean breeze . . .    read more

    Weight loss clinic in Arroyo Grande

    Situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Arroyo Grande is located in the heart of California’s Central Coast. Home to award-winning . . .    read more

    Paso Robles weight loss choices

    Located in the beautiful Central Coast region of California, Paso Robles is characterized by the picturesque vineyards, almond orchards . . .    read more

    Weight loss help for Santa Ynez residents

    Located in the Santa Barbara Valley is the vintage town of Santa Ynez. The Old West comes alive in this quaint town complete with period-style . . .    read more

    Weight loss surgery options in Lompoc

    Many residents of Lompoc, California, some of whom work in nearby Santa Barbara, were initially drawn to the city because of its . . .    read more

    Oxnard residents have a leading surgery center

    Oxnard has something to do for every member of the family, but they also have access to a leading surgical center located in nearby Santa Barbara . . .    read more

    California proctology specialist, Dr. Pamela Lee

    Dr. Pamela Lee, a board certified proctologist, understands the psychological ramifications of illness . . .    read more

    Medical and surgical clinic serving Santa Maria

    Fortunately, in nearby Santa Barbara, Advanced Surgical employs some of the top doctors and surgeons . . .    read more

    Surgery center for Ventura, CA residents

    Located just a short drive from Ventura, CA., Advanced Surgical Associates offers state of the art medical care . . .    read more

    Surgical and medical clinic serving San Luis Obispo

    If you find yourself in need of surgical or medical care in San Luis Obispo, Advanced Surgical Associates, located in nearby Santa Barbara . . .    read more

    World-class cancer treatment in central California

    One of the top docs you’ll find is Dr. Pamela Lee, a board certified colorectal surgeon on staff at Advanced Surgical in Santa Barbara . . .    read more

    Surgical procedures to repair inguinal hernias

    An inguinal hernia occurs when soft tissue, either part of an abdominal organ or intestine, protrudes through a weak area in your abdominal muscles . . .    read more

    Varicose veins surgical options

    Varicose veins are are twisted, enlarged veins that run just beneath the surface of your skin . . .    read more

    Major lifestyle changes after Gastric Bypass Surgery

    Fortunately, there is life after gastric bypass, a quality of life that far exceeds the one you have been experiencing . . .    read more

    Coming to Santa Barbara for advanced surgical procedures

    Located on the California coastline in beautiful Santa Barbara, you’ll find Advanced Surgical to be a warm and comfortable place . . .    read more

    One simple yet life-saving procedure

    With decades of experience between them, Drs. Thoman and Lee are well versed in the latest surgical techniques, and specialize in minimally invasive procedures . . .    read more

    Becoming a weight loss surgery sucess story

    We’ve all seen the highly publicized weight loss surgery success stories. People who have tried every diet and exercise regimen but with no results, . . .    read more

    Weight loss surgery and insurance coverage

    Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, provide coverage for bariatric surgery. Coverage varies among the different insurance plans . . .    read more

    Day of surgery; gastric bypass

    If gastric bypass is the right option for you, Dr. David Thoman of Advanced Surgical in Santa Barbara, will give you a list of items to do in preparation of the procedure . . .    read more

    Safe, effective weight loss surgical options

    At this point, your life depends upon your finding a solution to your weight problem. There are several different options to choose from when it comes to bariatric surgery . . .    read more

    Traveling to Santa Barbara for more than surgery

    If you’re considering traveling for surgery, you may be doing so because you’d like to make it a medical vacation of sorts for a family member or friend accompanying you . . .    read more

    Gastrointestinal specialists in Santa Barbara

    If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms that are negatively affecting your life, it is imperative that you seek medical advice . . .    read more

    Fast-recovery weight loss surgery

    As many as 85% of those who undergo surgical weight loss procedures experience and sustain loss of at least half of their excess weight, with very few detrimental side effects . . .    read more

    Santa Barbara weight loss support groups

    We offer support groups to patients who are deciding whether or not weight loss surgery is right for them, and groups for post-surgical clients . . .    read more

    Spleen removal surgery in Santa Barbara

    Dr. David Scott Thoman, specializes in splenectomies using minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery and is one of the few area surgeons who has been successful in the removal . . .    read more

    Varicose vein specialists: Santa Barbara vascular surgeons

    Dr. Hashisho, a specialist in Vascular/Endovascular and Thoracic surgery, uses minimally invasive techniques to meet the different surgical needs of his patients . . .    read more

    Santa Barbara Doctors specializing in Gastroenterology

    If you are in search Santa Barbara gastroenterologists who can diagnose and treat stomach disorders or perform a colonoscopy, our fully accredited facility has two expert surgeons in the field of gastroenterology . . .    read more

    Santa Barbara doctors for Colonoscopy procedures

    At Advanced Surgical Associates, board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. David Thoman, specializes in performing gastrointestinal procedures such as colonoscopies . . .    read more

    It’s important to have a doctor who speaks your language

    We are proud to have on staff rectal specialist, Dr. Pamela Lee who is fluent in Spanish. She is experienced and qualified to treat many problems . . .    read more

    Transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD) surgery in Santa Barbara, CA

    Dr. Pamela Lee, one of the clinic’s world-class doctors, specializes in disorders of the colon and rectum and has advanced training in treating hemorrhoids . . .    read more

    Laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery

    One of the biggest benefits of having your procedure done at a surgical clinic rather than one of the many California hospitals is that the risks and complications are fewer . . .    read more

    World class weight loss surgery close to San Luis Obispo, CA

    Weight loss surgery, one of the most popular procedures offered at Advanced Surgical Associates, continues to attract patients, whether they are coming from nearby San Luis Obispo, or traveling by air from another state . . .   read more

    Faster recovery makes weight loss surgery easier than ever

    Patients who are serious about long-term weight loss and have had no success with diet or exercise are considering weight loss surgery at Advanced Surgical Associates . . .   read more

    Gastroenterologists close to Los Angeles, CA

    Advanced Surgical Associates, located a short drive north of Los Angeles, CA, is home to a team of top-notch surgeons specializing in a variety of fields, including gastroenterology . . .   read more

    Hernia Surgical Mesh implants

    At Advanced Surgical Associates in Santa Barbara, CA, Dr. David Thoman is highly trained in the latest surgical techniques used for hernia repair, including mesh implants . . .   read more

    Abdominoplasty surgery for weight loss

    One of the most common complaints people have after significant weight loss is how to get rid of the excess skin from around their waist. Abdominoplasty surgery may be the answer for you . . .   read more

    Rectal prolapse surgery: what to expect

    Rectal prolapse can be a chronic and uncomfortable problem which affects your quality of life. Fortunately, there is a permanent solution . . .   read more

    Surgical solutions for weight loss in 2015

    If losing weight is at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2015, you’re not alone! Despite the best of efforts, many people continue to struggle with their weight . . .   read more

    Surgical treatment solutions for anal fissures

    Anal fissures are small tears in the the thin tissue that lines your anus. If you have chronic anal fissures, then, perhaps, it’s time to consider surgery as a permanent solution . . .   read more

    Surgery after having a stroke

    If you are experiencing symptoms related to strokes such as numbness or paralysis of your face, sudden changes is your vision or speech, it is a medical emergency . . .   read more

    Don’t let heartburn run your life

    Chronic heartburn is a condition that affects millions of Americans. It can occur at any time of the day or night . . .   read more

    Surgical treatment for a bowel obstruction

    Intestinal obstructions occur when there is a blockage in your intestines or small bowel which prevents normal movements through them. A complete blockage is considered to be a medical emergency . . .   read more

    California’s top heart disease surgeons

    Heart disease affects over 5 million Americans and is the leading cause of hospitalizations for people over the age of 65 in this country. The treatment for heart disease depends upon your specific condition and the damage that it has done to your heart . . .   read more

    Symptoms of a ruptured spleen

    Your spleen is located in the upper left quadrant of your abdominal cavity and, even though it is surrounded by a tough outer layer and is protected by your ribs, it is very vulnerable to blunt trauma injuries . . .   read more

    VIDEO: Obesity surgery assists people in getting their lives back

    Watch inspiring stories about people who have used the benefits of surgery for obesity to substantially improve the quality of their lives, and . . .   read more

    Laparoscopic Gastrectomy Procedure

    Laparoscopic gastrectomy offers patients an alternative to traditional open surgery for stomach cancer as well as well as diseases such as recurrent peptic ulcers. . .   read more

    Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

    Chronic artery bypass surgery (CABG) is the most common type of open heart surgery preformed in the United States to remedy blockage of the coronary artery as well as in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. . ..   read more

    Endovascular Stent Grafting Procedure

    One of the latest forms of treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms is Endovascular Stent Grafting Procedure (EVAR) which is less invasive, requiring 1-2 small incisions. . .   read more

    Carotid Endarterectomy Surgery

    Carotid Endarterectomy is done to prevent your carotid arteries from becoming completely blocked, cutting off the blood supply to your brain, and resulting in a stroke. . .   read more

    Is weight loss surgery appropriate for teens?

    The Center for Disease Control has reported that the teenage obesity rate has quadrupled over the past 25 years, from 5% to 21%. . .   read more

    Gastrointestinal surgery for severe obesity

    With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the U. S., weight loss or bariatric surgery may be the best option for the severely obese individual. . .   read more

    Potential side effects from heartburn surgery

    GERD or gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease is, in many cases, responsive to medication and lifestyle changes. But, for some patients, surgery is necessary to treat the underlying cause. . .   read more

    Find a surgeon in Santa Barbara

    If you’re trying to find a surgeon, a good place to start is with your primary care physician. . .   read more

    Top Colonoscopy Doctors in Santa Barbara County

    Colonoscopies are an early detection device for colon, rectal and bowel cancer. . .   read more

    Preparing for your first colonoscopy

    Routine colonoscopies are important to your long term health and can save your life. . .   read more

    Top 10 reasons to lose weight

    Research has proven that the more overweight you are, the higher your risk for developing serious health problems. . .   read more

    Central Coast weight loss surgery options

    If you’re wondering whether or not you qualify for weight loss surgery, a visit to our Cnetral Coast surgical center will provide you with the answer. . .   read more

    Santa Maria Doctors for Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy screening should be part of a preventative health care plan because it can help to detect colon cancer in the very early stages. . .   read more

    The Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure

    Struggling with weight loss? You may want to think about the sleeve gastrectomy, a relatively simple procedure that can change your life. . .   read more

    Bariatric Doctors in Santa Barbara

    If you’re struggling to lose weight and keep it off, you’re not alone. . .   read more

    Bariatric surgery as an option for weight loss

    Bariatric or weight loss surgery can change the quality of your life and increase your life expectancy. . .   read more

    The full timeline for weight loss surgery

    Your timeline for bariatric surgery starts with your first consultation and continues for years after your surgery. . .   read more

    Colorectal surgeons near Oxnard, CA

    If you live in Oxnard and are looking for a board-certified colorectal surgeon, Dr. Pamela Lee should be your number one choice. . .   read more

    LAP-BAND patients explain how it worked

    There are many risks to being obese such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, and diabetes. Managing these problems can be costly, so, for many people, weight loss surgery is a viable option. . .   read more

    Cost of weight reducton surgery: a primer

    If you are considering bariatric surgery as an option for treating your obesity, you need to familiarize yourself with the available surgical options and their costs . . .   read more

    Gastric Bypass patients share their stories

    Gastric bypass continues to be one of the best weight loss options for people who have tried over the years to lose weight, but have failed . . .   read more

    Leading Santa Barbara Proctologist Dr. Pamela Lee

    Having a healthy colon in important to your overall health. A healthy diet and regular exerise, along with regular colon screening should be a part of your preventative health program. . .   read more

    Lap band surgery near Oxnard, CA

    LAP-BAND surgery for weight loss has been gaining in popularity due to the fact that it is minimally invasive and is reversible. . .   read more

    Gastric bypass surgery near Bakersfield, CA

    Gastric bypass surgery is a tried and true surgical procedure for weight loss. Weight loss surgeons have been perfomring gastic bypass for more than 40 years, making it the most commonly performed weight loss surgery. . .   read more

    Medical weight loss options near SLO

    Contrary to popular opinion, weight loss doesn’t always come down to diet and exercise. Medical conditions, hormonal irregularities, and problems with metabolism can be contributing factors to being overweight. . .   read more

    Surgery for weight reduction

    Millions of people in the United States are struggling with weight issues. Many are obese. If you’re one of these people, you know all to well how being overweight affects all aspects of your life. . .   read more

    California weight loss seminars

    Attending weight loss seminars in combination with nutritional counseling and an exercise program can increase your chance of being successful after weight loss surgery . . .   read more

    Weight loss surgery for diabetes patients

    Weight loss or bariatric surgery is a safe and effective treatment for Type 2 diabetics who suffer from obesity . . .   read more

    Weight loss surgery for thyroid patients

    Many patients with thyroid issues also suffer with excessive weight issues which can be treated through weight loss surgery . . .   read more

    Breast cancer surgery in California

    If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, deciding on a surgical course of action is an important decision. You need to choose a surgeon with experience and someone that you can trust to make the right choices for you . . .   read more

    Weight loss seminars in Central Coast California

    If you’re thinking about having weight loss surgery, you need to get all the information that you can before deciding whether this is the right choice for your situation. Our informational seminars can provide you with this and much more . . .   read more

    Recovery time for rectal prolapse surgery

    The recovery time for rectal prolapse surgery depends on the type of surgical procedure your surgeon recommends — minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery vs. traditional open surgery . . .   read more

    Costs for Weight Reduction Surgery

    Considering weight loss surgery? The good news is that more and more health care insurers are beginning to provide coverage for the surgery . . .   read more

    Weight loss surgery near Fresno

    If you live in Fresno and are contemplating weight loss surgery, why not consider a “medical vacation” in beautiful Santa Barbara, home to one of the Central Coast’s top rated surgical clinics . . .   read more

    LAP-BAND success: does it really work?

    The CDC estimates that more than 30% of all adults in America are obese. While traditional weight loss methods such as a low-cal diet and regular exercise are effective for some people when it comes to losing weight, weight loss surgery may be the best option for many struggling with obesity . . .   read more

    What’s involved in LAP-BAND surgery?

    LAP-BAND weight loss surgery is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that works by reducing the capacity of your stomach. This affects the amount of food that you’re able to eat during a meal . . .   read more

    Our gastric bypass success stories

    Gastric bypass surgery offers people struggling with obesity and all of the health problems that come with it a chance to change their lives by taking the first step to a happy and healthier future . . .   read more

    Nutritional counseling for Weight Loss Surgery

    Nutritional counseling before and after weight loss surgery plays a crucial role in the long term success of the bariatric surgical patient . . .   read more

    Diet restrictions for weight loss surgery patients

    The success of weight loss surgery depends on how committed you are to making lifelong changes in your diet and eating habits . . .   read more

    The cost of weight reduction surgery vs. being obese

    For many people who are obese, switching to a healthier diet and a regular exercise program can rduce their BMI. But, for many, surgical weight loss may their only option . . .   read more

    Santa Barbara mastectomy surgeon – Kimberly Grafton

    Surgery is the first line of treatment in the fight against breast cancer. A mastectomy is a type of breast cancer surgery involving removal of the breast . . .   read more

    Gastric bypass surgery in Oxnard-adjacent Clinic

    If you live in Oxnard, you have access to gastric bypass surgery at Santa Barbara’s Advanced Surgical Associates . . .   read more

    Colon and Rectal Surgeons near SLO

    If you’re looking for top-notch colorectal surgeons in the San Luis Obispo area, Advanced Surgical Associates in Santa Barbara should be your first choice . . .   read more

    Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy near Bakersfield, CA

    Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is one of the newest surgical weight loss procedures for patients suffering from obesity . . .   read more

    Gastric Bypass Surgery near Oxnard, CA

    For more than forty years gastric bypass surgery has been a very successful weight loss surgical procedure for people suffering with obesity . . .   read more

    Is obesity ruining your life?

    If you’ve tried dieting, exercising regularly, or medications to help you in your struggle with obesity, you may be a candidate for a more permanent solution . . .   read more

    Lose weight fast? Wrong question

    For some people struggling with obesity, a good weight loss plan may not be enough to achieve long-term, significant weight loss . . .   read more

    Gastric bypass surgery in Ventura County

    Gastric bypass surgery has been sucessfully performed for weight loss for over 40 years. Dr. David Thoman, bariatric surgeon at Advanced Surgical Associates, performs the most popular variation, Roux-en-Y surgery . . .   read more

    Advancing our Surgical Center using technology

    Advances in medical technology are resulting in increased success rates at surgical centers. At Advanced Surgical Associates, laparoscopic surgical techniques are one example . . .   read more

    Why you don’t need to be nervous about your first Colonoscopy

    Many people are nervous about undergoing their first colonoscopy. But, this short, painless procedure can save your life . . .   read more

    Group support could make the difference

    The epidemic of obesity in the U.S. has made weight loss an important health issue. Trying to lose weight on your own can often lead to frustration and failure rather than success . . .   read more

    Supportive group activities

    Taking part in a weight loss surgery support group will, not only make it easier to get through the rough times following surgery, but has the added benefit of improving post-surgical weight loss . . .   read more

    What the weight loss TV shows miss

    Weight loss TV shows only show a small part of what is involved when a person decides to undergo surgery. There are many lifestyle changes that must take place to ensure success . . .   read more

    Why don’t weight loss pills work?

    If you’ve been struggling with obesity, you may be ready to turn to weight loss pills. The ads make them sound so appealing – considerable weight loss in a short period of time. But, what the ads don’t tell you is that the weight loss is temporary and that the pills are expensive and may have unwanted side effects . . .   read more

    Preparing your post bariatric surgery diet

    Weight loss surgery can help to reduce the risks of obesity-related issues and greatly improve the overall quality of your life. However, in order to be successful at losing weight and keeping it off, you need to make major lifestyle changes, starting with preparing for your post bariatric surgery diet . . .   read more

    Emergency Cholecystectomy in Santa Barbara, CA

    Emergency gallbladder removal surgery or cholecystectomy may be indicated if gallstones become lodged in the bile or pancreatic ducts or if the gallbladder ruptures. Laparoscopic surgery is the most commonly performed method of gallbladder removal . . .   read more

    Weight Loss Surgery in Oxnard, CA

    Oxnard residents who are considering weight loss surgery can take advantage of the experienced bariatric surgeons at Advanced Surgical Associates located in nearby Santa Barbara . . .   read more