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Bariatrics Program

Providing New Opportunities for Patients’ Weight-Loss Journey

Antelope Valley Medical Center has successfully begun its bariatric program and is excited to continue helping patients start a journey towards a healthier lifestyle, and improved quality of life. Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obese patients, because it allows patients to safely sustain considerable weight-loss, while improving other obesity-related health conditions. In many cases, bariatric surgery is used to help those struggling with their weight loss journey, finally reach their health & body goals.

Morbid obesity is a result of multiple factors including genetics, environment, and behavior. Furthermore, it can contribute to life-threatening conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory problems. In the Antelope Valley, 30% of adults are obese and 37% of adults are considered over-weight---both higher than all of Los Angeles County.

The AVMC bariatric program will meet the needs of the patient in a multidisciplinary setting, in order to reach optimal outcome. Patients will be provided the resources they need, not only to prepare for surgery, but to succeed well after the surgery.

Patients will be assessed for three different bariatric procedure options:

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Adjustable Laproscopic Banding

In general, a good candidate is:

  • Between 18 years of age and older
  • At least 100 lbs overweight
  • Has a body mass index (BMI) of 35 with comorbidities, or 40+ with no comorbidities
  • Has tried other weight-loss methods without success
  • Medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery
  • Has successfully completed all required preoperative testing

To learn more about the program, you may contact a patient advocate and/or weight-loss coordinator, through the Antelope Valley Medical Center Bariatric Program at (661) 723-7833.

About the Doctor

John Yadegar, M.D.

As a previous recipient of the Best Laparoscopic Surgical Resident award, in addition to the USA Top Surgeon award, Dr. John Yadegar has joined the Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC) medical staff as an integral part of the hospital’s new Bariatric program.

Dr. Yadegar is a Board Certified General and Bariatric surgeon. He earned his medical degree from the University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in London, England, and has completed several residencies in Emergency Room, General Surgery, and Orthopedics. He completed his fellowship in Minimal Invasive and Advanced Laparoscopic/Bariatric Surgery from UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. In addition to his accolades, Dr. Yadegar has authored and co-authored numerous publications; his most recent relating to Gastric Bypass Surgery.

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Individual results may vary. Discuss associated risks with your doctor, and if bariatric surgery is right for you.

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