You’ve tried it all — diet, exercise, powders, and pills — but in spite of everything you remain severely obese. Men and women often turn to our practice in Santa Barbara, California for bariatric surgery to attain a more rewarding, productive life.
We understand that because of your excess weight you are suffering physically, but you are likely suffering emotionally and socially as well. Dr. David Thoman, FACS, is here to help you make lasting improvements to your life. We routinely see patients from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Bakersfield, Ventura and Los Angeles, California.
“My husband and I are living proof that Dr. Thoman is a fantastic surgeon.”
Dr Thoman Specializes in minimally-invasive gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery
Has your weight become a serious, life-threatening condition?
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Are you ready?
Because surgery has its own set of associated risks and requires life-long changes to your eating habits, we encourage you to make every effort to control your weight through non-invasive methods like eating healthier, undergoing behavior modification, and increasing physical activity.
Obesity, while common in the United States, is a serious, life-threatening condition when it has progressed to the point where you are at least 100 pounds over your ideal body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. At this point, a person is considered “morbidly obese.”
Although bariatric surgery might seem like an extreme solution, with today’s minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques, the benefits often outweigh the risks involved.
Are you committed?
Bariatric surgery requires a serious commitment to change on the part of the patient. To be successful, you will need to commit to:
- Losing weight and improving your health.
- Making the required lifestyle changes including following diet restrictions, chewing food completely, and eating only small meals.
- Undergoing lifelong medical follow-up.
Are you experiencing physical problems?
There are numerous life-threatening health risks associated with obesity including high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, degenerative joint disease, cancer, headaches, shortness of breath, chronic back pain, sleep disorders, fluid retention, and early death. Most of these conditions will improve after weight loss surgery.
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.
When it’s not appropriate
While Dr. Thoman will thoroughly review your health history and discuss your physical condition with you at your consultation, there are certain factors that usually indicate that weight loss surgery is not appropriate for you, including:
- Alcoholism or drug addiction
- Certain psychological diagnoses.
We are here for you
Are you ready to begin your journey to lasting weight loss? First we encourage you to attend one of our informational weight loss seminars. If you think surgery might be a good option for you, request a consultation online with Dr. David Thoman or call the office of Advanced Surgical Associates at (805) 730-1470. We see patients from Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Ventura, Kern and Los Angeles counties for bariatric surgery and other laparoscopic procedures.