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Sharing bariatric expertise internationally

When Dr. Andreé Kühnhardt wanted to further his surgical learning, his mentors at the suburban Madrid hospital in Spain where he practices recommended flying to Fresno to study under bariatric surgeon Kelvin Higa at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital.

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.

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.


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Bariatric Patient

Librado Heredia Villegar flew from his home in Ensenada Mexico to have bariatric surgery at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital. Dr. Kelvin Higa performed his advanced revisional weight-loss surgery laparoscopically and now Villegar is back to doing the things he loves.

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General Surgery

At our three major hospitals within the Community Medical Centers family, we offer a full range of surgical care – from cardiac and orthopedic surgery to neurological and cosmetic surgery. Our teams of highly trained doctors, nurses and medical professionals use the latest in surgical technology to increase the speed of patient recovery and reduce pain.

Bariatric Surgery

We’re proud to offer two of the top weight-loss surgery programs in all of California. Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital are each recognized for excellence by accrediting agencies and insurance companies for their patient outcomes. Our expert doctors perform Roux-en-Y, gastric bypass and lap band procedures as well as bariatric revision surgery and other bariatric procedures.

New studies show bariatric surgery can cure diabetes

Newspaper headlines this past week tout the benefits of using bariatric surgery to cure Type 2 diabetes -- even in people who are not morbidly obese. That’s old news to Drs. Kelvin Higa and Keith Boone, bariatric surgeons at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, who’ve seen these results again and again in their patients and have been studying the effect for several years.


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Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Keith Boone performs bariatric surgery to help an Atwater woman prevent future medical problems.

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