general medicine services Beverly Hills, CA
Here at Jamshid Nazarian, MD, we are proud to offer a full spectrum of services to our patients to treat a variety of conditions. Our highly trained professionals have years of experience in diagnosing and treating these conditions, and we are happy to help find a solution to best suit your individual needs.

We strive to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients as each person has a unique history and unique needs. Some of our services include:


Bariatric Surgery

Laparoscopic bariatric surgery could offer hope if you’ve become severely obese and are unable to lose weight. Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, is an experienced bariatric surgeon who performs a selection of laparoscopic weight loss procedures that can make a dramatic difference to your health. Call Dr. Nazarian’s Beverly Hills, California, office to find out more or request an appointment online today.

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Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most popular and effective surgical techniques for long-term weight loss. Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, is a leader in state-of-the-art gastric bypass surgical techniques designed to maximize results while minimizing the risk of complications in his Beverly Hills, California, patients. To schedule a gastric bypass consultation, call the office or request an appointment online.

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An endoscope is an instrument that has multiple uses, including the detailed, non-surgical examination of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If you need to undergo a GI endoscopy, Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, is an experienced general surgeon who performs both upper GI endoscopies for examining stomach disorders and colonoscopies for diagnosing and screening colorectal conditions. Call Dr. Nazarian’s Beverly Hills, California, office to find out more or request an appointment online today.

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General Surgery

General surgery is a term for procedures involving your gastrointestinal and endocrine systems and several other organs. If you’re looking for an experienced general surgeon, Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, is an excellent choice. At his Beverly Hills, California, practice, Dr. Nazarian provides expert general surgery services, including treatments for hernias, hemorrhoids, gallbladder disease, varicose veins, and gastrointestinal disorders. Call the office to find out more or request an appointment online today.

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Cosmetic Surgery

Whether you’ve lost weight and want to tighten your skin, remove stubborn fat, or improve your bust size and shape, experienced surgeon Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, can help. At his Beverly Hills, California, practice, Dr. Nazarian provides expert cosmetic surgery that can help you achieve your goals and feel great about yourself. Call the office to find out more or request an appointment online today.

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Smart Lipo

As a top general and bariatric surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS, is skilled in SmartLipo™ procedures that rely on the power of focused laser energy to help melt away fat, so patients can achieve optimal results without invasive surgery. If you’re looking for a minimally invasive alternative to fat reduction, call the office or request a consultation online.

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Laser Treatment

Laser technology delivers effective treatments with little or no pain for an increasing number of patients. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of laser treatment, consult Jamshid Nazarian, MD, FACS. At his Beverly Hills, California, practice, Dr. Nazarian offers state-of-the-art laser treatments, including endovenous laser therapy for varicose veins and SmartLipo™ laser liposuction. Call the office to find out more or request an appointment online today.

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Gastric Sleeve

What is sleeve gastrectomy?
Also referred to as gastric sleeve surgery, sleeve gastrectomy uses a surgical stapler to remove a large portion of your stomach – up to 85%. The remaining sleeve-shaped portion becomes your “new” stomach, and because it is smaller, you will feel full much more quickly and you will not be able to consume as many calories. Gastric sleeve surgery is a simpler procedure than the gastric bypass procedure since it does not alter the small intestine, and it is also associated with better long-term weight loss than the gastric band, or “lap band.” Gastric sleeve surgery may also be performed prior to a subsequent gastric bypass surgery, enabling very obese patients to lose weight so the bypass portion of their surgery is easier to perform and less risky.

How is the sleeve gastrectomy procedure performed?
Sleeve gastrectomy is performed under general anesthesia using a minimally-invasive approach called laparoscopy, a technique that uses small incisions and is therefore associated with fewer risks and faster recovery. During the procedure, the lower portion of the stomach is carefully removed, leaving the banana-shaped “sleeve” portion in place. Once the new stomach portion has been created, the incision sites are closed and bandages are placed over them. Most sleeve gastrectomy procedures take no more than 90 minutes to perform.

What risks are associated with gastric banding?
Like some other types of weight-loss surgery, sleeve gastrectomy reduces the number of nutrients your body is able to absorb through food; therefore, you will need to take supplements and follow specific dietary guidelines to ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. However, the nutritional impact of the sleeve procedure is less compared to gastric bypass which also eliminates a portion of your small intestine. The smaller stomach size can also increase the advent of heartburn or nausea, but these issues usually develop after eating too much at one meal.

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Adjustable LAP-BAND Surgery

What is “lap band” surgery?
“Lap band” is a proprietary name for a product used in gastric banding surgery. When people talk about “lap band” surgery, they are generally referring to gastric banding, which is a surgical technique that uses a silicone band or belt placed around the stomach to control how much food the stomach can hold. The band is hollow, and by injecting fluid into the band or removing fluid, your doctor can control the size of your stomach as your weight-loss needs change over time.

What happens during the gastric banding procedure?
A minimally-invasive technique called laparoscopy is used to place the band. Laparoscopy uses a small incision to access the stomach and slip the band over the upper portion of the stomach. Forming a small pouch that is separated from the lower portion of the stomach. The band is also attached via a tube to a small port. The port is implanted under your skin, providing the injection point that is used to add or remove saline solution to control the size of your stomach.

What are the benefits of gastric banding compared to other types of weight-loss surgeries?
One of the major advantages of the gastric banding procedure is how it is completely reversible. It does not involve permanent changes to any portion of your gastrointestinal tract. In the future, the band can be completely removed using a similar minimally-invasive approach. Plus, adjusting the band as your needs change over time is simple, involving injections directly into the special port. Finally, the procedure itself is less invasive and faster than many other types of weight-loss surgeries, and recovery following the procedure is also faster. Still, despite these advantages, it is not the best option for every patient. Before any weight-loss surgery, you will have a chance to review all your treatment options so you can select the option that suits your needs and objectives.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is a weight-loss surgical technique that “bypasses” a portion of your stomach and small intestine so you eat less and fewer calories are absorbed. The surgery is considered a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive surgeries since it involves elements of both.

How is the gastric bypass surgical procedure performed?
Gastric bypass is performed using a laparoscopic technique, a minimally-invasive approach that uses small incisions so recovery is faster and risks are decreased. During the surgery, your stomach will be divided into two sections – an upper pouch, which will be about the size of a large walnut and able to contain only about an ounce of food, and a larger lower portion which will be “bypassed.” The smaller pouch will be disconnected from the upper part of the small intestine and reconnected at a lower area. By bypassing the upper portion of the small intestine where much of the digestive activity occurs, your body will not absorb as many calories. Once the procedure is completed, you will need to remain in the hospital for about two to four days during the initial stages of healing and recovery.

Am I a good candidate for gastric bypass?
Generally, the gastric bypass surgical procedure can be a good option for patients who:

  • Are in good general health
  • Have a body-mass index of 40 or greater
  • Have a body-mass index between 35 and 40 in addition to a medical condition related to obesity, like type II diabetes or hypertension (high blood pressure)

Before gastric bypass surgery or any type of weight-loss surgery, you will have a thorough medical exam and consultation to determine if weight-loss surgery is right for your health, your lifestyle and your goals.

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Weight Loss Consultations

What is weight loss consultation?
Weight loss consultation is a critical part of your weight loss journey, especially if you are considering bariatric surgery as part of that journey. During a weight loss consultation appointment, you will have a comprehensive exam and evaluation of your health and your weight loss needs. The information gathered during this appointment will serve as the basis for recommendations, including the type of surgery that would be most appropriate and most effective for you.

Will I need any lab tests?
Yes, most patients will need to undergo lab testing like blood work to gain a complete picture of their health. Depending on your specific condition, you may also need to have diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays performed prior to your surgery, or you may have to have a cardiac stress test. These tests and exams may be ordered during your consultation or they may be conducted ahead of time.

Is a weight loss consultation just a physical exam?
No; first, the exam and evaluation are tailored to determining your health profile and whether or not surgery is a good option. But beyond the physical exam and evaluation, the consultation also looks at important psychological and lifestyle issues, including an assessment of your goals to ensure your expectations are in line with the actual results you can achieve. Successful weight loss surgery depends on emotional health as well as physical health. The consultation will also help you decide if you are truly ready to commit to the diet and lifestyle changes weight loss surgery requires. In that sense, the consultation appointment will help ensure you have a complete understanding of the procedure as well as the long-term implications of surgery and the bearing it will have on your life and health.

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What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is the medical term for a “tummy tuck,” a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen, or belly, while restoring muscles that have become weak or separated, usually due to years of supporting excess weight. Tummy tuck surgery is often performed following significant weight loss to remove excess tissue that drapes and hangs once the underlying fat is gone. It is also a popular procedure among women whose belly area have become stretched following multiple pregnancies, and for anyone who wants to get rid of excess tissue that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.

What are the primary causes of loose, flabby bellies?
Many times, the abdomen becomes lax and flabby after significant pressure has been exerted on the abdominal wall and muscles from the inside, either from pregnancies or from carrying a lot of extra weight in the belly region. But there are other factors that can contribute to a flabby belly, including genetics, the aging process, and previous abdominal surgery that resulted in injury to the abdominal muscles.

If I have an abdominoplasty, does that mean my belly will never get flabby again?
No; while a tummy tuck can help you get rid of excess tissue so you have a slimmer, firmer profile, if you get pregnant or gain weight again, your belly tissue can still become stretched and loose. That is why it is a good idea to wait until after you are done having children before having an abdominoplasty procedure.

Can I have a tummy tuck instead of liposuction?
No, a tummy tuck is performed strictly to enhance your appearance once most of your excess weight has been lost and when diet and exercise prove ineffective.

Will I have a large scar?
No, abdominoplasty typically uses a small incision that can be camouflaged by the natural creases in your belly.

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