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The Basic Philosophy

The Basic Philosophy

The Basic Philosophy

The basic philosophy of weight loss surgery (and especially our philosophy on weight loss surgery) is that surgery is really just a tool to help you lose weight. It is not the answer. It's not the magic pill. It's not going to make you lose weight if you don't participate and do your part in this process. The idea behind surgery is that we make your stomach smaller so that you eat less food and you're not nearly as hungry anymore. After that it's the patient's job to make the right food choices and eat healthy food and all sorts of exercise and without those two other components that the patient has to participate in, that patient won't be successful when it comes to weight loss surgery. It is just a piece of the puzzle, but patients definitely have to participate in what we call a lifestyle change and they have to maintain this lifestyle change for the rest of their life.

Doctor Profile

Kai Nishi, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgery

  • Board Certified bariatric surgeon at Khalili Center for Bariatric Care
  • Formerly the Assistant Director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery
  • One of the principal investigators of the FDA trials on a new procedure called TOGA (incision-less weight loss surgery), and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. who have performed this procedure

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