Bariatrics

Bariatric surgery Q&A with Dr. Kelvin Higa

While the average person may not realize the world-class expertise Dr. Kelvin Higa brings to his patients at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, those involved in the world of bariatric medicine see it very clearly.

Bariatric program earns 5-stars, ranks in top 5% – for a fifth year

For a fifth consecutive year, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital has received Healthgrades® Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award and a five-star rating, placing it among the top 5% nationwide for metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Fresno Heart & Surgical is among the nation’s top 5% for amazing patient experience

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital has received Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award for a sixth consecutive year and is among the nation’s top 5% for consistently delivering care that patients’ rate as exceptional.

Clovis bariatric program builds on solid reputation

The bariatric surgery program at Clovis Community Medical Center has received another accreditation from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital first earned BSCN accreditation in 2007 and has maintained the highest level of accreditation through every review cycle since.

Fresno Heart & Surgical recognized again for patient experience excellence

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital was one of three hospitals nationwide chosen for a 2012 Path to Excellence award by National Research Corporation, which surveys patients on their hospital experience.

For patients, this is just another way to know they’ll get exceptional care at Fresno Heart & Surgical, which has also earned HealthGrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award for five consecutive years.

Fourth year for 5-star bariatric rating

Collaboration and expertise are key to developing a bariatric surgery program that tops the state in volumes, low costs – and year after year earns top 5-star ratings.

For a fourth consecutive year, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital has received HealthGrades® Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award, placing it among the top 5% nationwide for the weight-loss procedure.

Fresno Heart & Surgical among top two hospitals statewide for patient experience

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital is one of two hospitals in California to receive HealthGrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award for five consecutive years at the top 5% level.

Study shows gastric bypass surgery reduces medication cost

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital bariatric surgeon Saber Ghiassi led a study through Stanford University that found morbidly obese patients who had gastric bypass surgery were able to significantly reduce their medications for hypertension and diabetes at a year after surgery – which led to a big drop in health care costs. Forty-year-old Paul Ferguson of Fresno’s story serves as an example of real results. He lost more than 200 pounds through gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago, and no longer needs his medications for diabetes and hypertension. 


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Bariatric Conference

For a third year in a row, more than 30 surgeons from around the nation and from overseas came to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital to learn the latest techniques in bariatric revision surgery from pioneers in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Since the surgical technique has been around several decades, more and more patients with more historical surgeries are considering resurgery.

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Bariatric revision experts share research at Fresno Heart & Surgical

Surgeons specializing in bariatric procedures shared the latest research on revision surgery, debated what makes the biggest difference in helping patients who regain weight and experience complications, and reviewed new techniques during a conference at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital on Oct. 21.