David G. Davtyan MDBariatric Surgery (Weight Loss)
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David G. Davtyan, MD, FACS, FICS
- American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
- American Society of Bariatric Physicians
- American Board of Surgery
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
After fighting with obesity for many years and not finding any long-term weight loss results from diets, exercise and medications, I learned about this new weight loss procedure, the Lap-Band System. The Lap-Band System offered many advantages and benefits that other weight loss surgeries or treatments did not offer. The Lap-Band procedure improved my health and changed my life. After living with the Lap-Band, I developed a profound interest in this revolutionary procedure. I studied the procedure with Lap-Band pioneer, Guy-Bernard Cadiere in Brussels and became one of the first doctors to perform the Lap-Band in the states following FDA approval in 2001.
What is your favorite procedure to perform and why?
The Lap-Band is my passion and my personal victory against obesity, therefore, my preferred method for significant and sustained weight loss. The Lap-Band has unmatched benefits compared to other treatments available for weight loss such as gastric bypass. The Lap-Band is a reliable, minimally invasive weight loss procedure thus; there is no cutting, stapling or re-routing. Also, with the Lap-Band there is no ?dumping syndrome?, malabsorption or vitamin deficiency. The procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes and surgery can be performed safely in an outpatient facility. Lap-Band patients can go home the same day. The Lap-Band, which was approved by the FDA in 2001, does not require special diets or weight loss pills and patients can eat their favorite foods. One of the most attractive benefits is that it has a faster recovery time and it can be adjusted and reversed at any time. It also has fewer side effects and less risks of complications; thus, higher patient satisfaction.
What procedure would you like to do more of and why?
From a personal standpoint, the Lap-Band was the best decision I ever made to solve my weight problems and improve my quality of life. People, who suffer from obesity and its related co-morbidities such as sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, joint pain, asthma, and gastro- esophageal reflux disease (GERD), now have access to a safe, minimally invasive and long-term weight loss procedure. Laparoscopic gastric banding really changed my life and I know that it will change the life of many others who choose the Lap-Band System like I did.
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Davtyan is one of the most experienced LapBand Surgeons in the U.S.. He possesses a deep understanding of the gastric banding procedure because he is a LapBand patient himself. He is also offering the new Realize Band procedure at his practice.
- Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine – Los Angeles, California (graduated 1989)
- Residency: General Surgery Residency University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston Texas (finished 1996)
- Fellowship: Society of Surgical Oncology and NIH – John Wayne Cancer Inst. and UCLA - Los Angeles, California (1990-1992) (finished 1997)
HONORS AND SPECIAL AWARDS:
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS)
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
American Cancer Society Board of Directors Member for the Los Angeles Chapter (ACS)
European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
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