The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care Seconds the Findings of The New England Journal of Medicine: Surgical Skills Are Essential

A unique medical practice that takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to weight loss surgery.

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This detailed review from The New England Journal of Medicine is independent proof about the essence of our practice and the foundation of our credibility: That surgical skills are critical for high success rates for weight loss operations.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2013

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care (http://www.khalilicenter.com/), announces its agreement with the latest study from The New England Journal of Medicine, that when it comes to performing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, the difference between having the most highly skilled surgeon and having one whose skill level lies in the bottom quarter of the pack is huge.*

The report further reveals that patients operated on by bariatric surgeons whose surgical skills fell in the bottom 25% had more than four times the number of surgical site complications as patients whose surgeons ranked in the top 25% (4.6% vs. 1.04%). They had more than four times the pulmonary complications, such as blood clots that traveled to the lungs (3.91% vs. .71%).**

An example of this relationship between surgeon experience and avoiding complication rates is The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care. The trio of surgeons, Drs. Theodore M. Khalili, Eraj Basseri and Gregg Kai Nishi, have a combined surgical experience exceeding 5,000 weight loss operations and among the lowest complications rates in the country.

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care is a one-of-a-kind weight loss surgery practice that offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery, with tools and support to help people transform their lives.

"This detailed review from The New England Journal of Medicine is independent proof of a principle, which is the essence of our practice and the foundation of our credibility: That surgical skills are critical for high success rates involving weight loss operations. In fact, the report states that patients who underwent surgery by the least-skilled bariatric surgeons were twice as likely as those who had the most skilled surgeons to be reoperated on to fix problems with the initial procedure (3.4% vs. 1.6%), and more than twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following surgery (6.3% vs. 2.7%). Those numbers confirm the urgency, for patients, of selecting only the most experienced and gifted surgeons to perform these procedures," says Dr. Nishi.

According to Dr. Khalili, the results of this study are not surprising or new. "Previous studies have shown similar results to The New England Journal of Medicine's article, such as the study by Dr. Smith et al titled 'The Relationship Between Surgeon volume and Adverse Outcomes After RYGB in the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Study,'" says Dr. Khalili.

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care is a unique medical practice that takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to weight loss surgery. While most weight loss surgery practices just offer support groups, the Khalili Center goes much further by providing educational seminars led by yoga instructors to teach physical fitness, chefs to teach healthy cooking, registered dieticians who show how to make healthy food choices, and therapists to help provide emotional support.

The Khalili Center surgeons were also the first to integrate a program called "Walk with your Doctor," in which the surgeons meet with patients on weekends to exercise at a local park together. The Walk with your Doctor event is just one example of the Khalili Center's dedication to their mission of creating a "Partnership for Life" with our patients. For more information about the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care, please visit http://www.khalilicenter.com.

Dr. Khalili is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive bariatric surgery in Los Angeles. He created the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and served as Director until 2010, at which point he went on to form the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care. He and Dr. Nishi have trained many surgeons in minimally invasive weight loss surgery, who have gone on to head up bariatric care programs all over the country.

Dr. Nishi was Co-Director of the Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai before he left to co-found the Khalili Center with Drs. Khalili and Basseri. Recipient of the 2013 Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award, Dr. Basseri completed a coveted fellowship in the Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery Department at Cedars-Sinai before joining the Khalili Center.

*The New England Journal of Medicine ("Surgical Skill and Complication Rates after Bariatric Surgery"); October 10, 2013; nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1300625?query=featured_home&
**Ibid.


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