Weight-loss Options

Despite determined efforts to diet and exercise, thousands of Americans struggle with their weight. If your struggle has reached a point where your weight has become a life-threatening matter, medical weight-loss treatment may be the most sensible option for you. Many women and men have finally regained control of their lives in Santa Barbara, California, through weight-loss surgery and other treatments from board-certified surgeon Dr. David Thoman.

Become informed

When it comes to deciding which weight-loss method is best for you, there are many factors to consider. The following pages provide information about your options to help you make a well-informed decision.

About Obesity: Understanding the factors that lead to obesity can provide insight into your own weight problem.

Am I a Candidate: Find out what makes a person a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

The Thoman Tube Diet: Lose up to 10% of your body weight in 10 days with this diet developed by Dr. Thoman.

Gastric Bypass: Learn about this time-tested surgical weight loss procedure that Dr. Thoman performs laparoscopically.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy: Has quickly become the most popular weight loss procedure in the US.

Laparoscopic duodenal switch: Proven to create the most weight loss and highest diabetes cure rate of any weight loss surgery.

Preparation & Recovery: Weight loss surgery requires specific preparation and continued dedication to specific lifestyle changes.

Real Patient Testimonials: Some of our actual patients share their inspiring stories of success.

We encourage you to try to lose weight through conventional methods before resorting to surgery. However, in some cases there are no other reliable options.

Calculate your BMI

Has your weight become a serious, life-threatening condition?

  • Being more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight.

  • Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher.

Having a BMI over 35 and a high-risk health problem that is related to your obesity.

Although solving your weight problems with surgery might seem extreme, weight loss surgery with minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques often involves fewer risks than doing nothing at all. This successful treatment can effectively result in significant weight loss, which both increases life expectancy and dramatically improves your quality of life.