Eisenhower Bariatric Center
Eisenhower Bariatric Center

Eisenhower Bariatric Center

Bariatric Surgery (weight loss surgery) is now recognized as the standard of care: the only proven, long-term treatment of morbid obesity*. This is based on several studies performed by the National Institutes of Health, which has repeatedly proven surgery as the only safe, long-term option for patients suffering from excessive weight and co-existing health problems. Bariatric Surgery has also been endorsed by the Surgeon General of the United States and Medicare.

 
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Physicians

Bobby Bhasker-Rao

Bobby Sulin Bhasker-Rao, MD

Lite Life Surgery
  • General Surgery*
  • Bariatric Surgery
Jorge Almodovar

Jorge Alfredo Almodovar, MD

Eisenhower Health
  • General Surgery*
  • Bariatric Surgery

Services We Offer

At Eisenhower Bariatric Center (EBC), we specialize in a wide spectrum of minimally invasive** robotic/laparoscopic weight loss surgical procedures:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Duodenal switch (modified)
  • Lap band
  • Revisional surgeries
  • Conversion Surgeries:
    • Band conversion to sleeve gastrectomy
    • Band conversion to gastric bypass
    • Sleeve gastrectomy to gastric bypass
    • Sleeve gastrectomy to modified duodenal switch
    • Vertical banded gastroplasty to gastric bypass
    • Sleeve gastrectomy after previous gastric bypass
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  • Learn your weight category and if you should lose weight
  • Discover if weight-loss surgery may be an option for you
  • Identify your weight-related issues and conditions

da Vinci Robotic System

All procedures are performed through minimally invasive surgery** using the state-of–the–art da Vinci robotic system. Five small incisions (<0.5cm size) are made across the abdomen. This allows for insertion of a camera, providing the surgeon a 3D image inside the abdomen. Robotic instrumentation is inserted into the other incisions. These instruments have a 360-degree wrist rotation (normal wrist rotation only allows for 180 degrees), allowing for the more precise dissection and suturing, translating into safer surgical outcomes. Most patients experience less pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to normal activities. Currently, Eisenhower Bariatric Center offers the most experienced robotic bariatric surgery program in Southern California, with superior outcomes.

*Morbid Obesity: Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater (100 lbs. over ideal body weight) or a BMI of 35 to 40 with associated co-morbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, etc.

**Minimally invasive surgery: This is where all of the above mentioned surgeries are performed via five small (<0.5 cm in size) incisions across the abdomen.

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9
  • Obese = 30 or greater (35 to 40 associated with co-morbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, etc.)
  • Morbidly Obese = 40 or greater (100 lbs. over ideal body weight)

Podcasts

  • Bariatric Surgery and Who Can Benefit
    Featuring: Jorge Almodovar
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  • Should You Consider Bariatric Surgery?
    Featuring: Bobby S. Bhasker-Rao
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    More Information

Seminars & Support Groups

All seminars and support groups are held in the Annenberg Classroom (unless noted) at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building at Eisenhower.

Bariatric Surgery Information Seminars are held monthly at the Annenberg Health Sciences Building at Eisenhower. The seminar provides information for those considering weight loss surgery such as benefits, requirements prior to surgery and an explanation of possible complications. A question and answer session follows. Reservations are required. All people interested in learning about the surgery are welcome.

Bariatric Surgery Support Groups are open to all pre-op and post-op bariatric patients and their support persons. Support groups are held the second Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Locations & Directions

Eisenhower Health Main Campus
Eisenhower Health Main Campus
  • Eisenhower Bariatric Center

  • Eisenhower Health Main Campus
  • 39000 Bob Hope Drive
  • Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221

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