Van Nuys Resident Becomes One of Nation's First "Balloon" Successes with 60 lb Loss

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  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) December 13, 2016 - When he crossed the 300 lb. mark, 30-year-old Varun Kamar knew he needed to take his health more seriously. He had tried "every diet under the sun" and nothing worked. He considered gastric bypass surgery, but feared undergoing the knife. And that's when he learned about the newest weapon in the war on obesity. Earlier this year, the FDA approved the gastric balloon, a nonsurgical procedure in which an empty balloon is snaked down the patient's esophagus then filled with saline and remains for 6 months at a time. Because it fills up volume in the stomach, the patient feels fuller faster and the pounds shed.

    Board-certified bariatric surgeon Hooman Shabatian, M.D. of West Medical, is on the vanguard of weight-loss surgery and regularly performs gastric balloon procedures.

    "The gastric balloon is ideal for overweight people who have been unsuccessful in traditional dieting and have a body mass index between 30 and 40," said Shabatian. "While Varun was just outside of the parameters, he was vehemently opposed to surgery, so we went ahead with it. I am happy to announce that he was able to drop 60 lbs in 6 months."

    Shabatian says that West Medical is involved in Kamar's 1-year post-op diet and lifestyle regimen that is part of West Medical's comprehensive treatment program.

    "Before I underwent the gastric balloon, I used to workout and would get tired quickly and my appetite knew no bounds. Now I have much more energy and I don't overeat after working out anymore,," said Kamar. "Having lost this initial weight has really motivated me to continue on this journey. In a couple of months, I intend to have another balloon inserted to help me reach my goals."

    West Medical has emerged as Southern California's leading medical practice specializing in bariatric procedures and vein removal. With a keen emphasis on weight loss, West Medical's team of physicians are adept at performing a range of procedures including gastric bypass, lap band and gastric sleeve. For more information about West Medical and treatments offered, visit or call 855-525-6237. For updates on weight loss and other health-related matters, "Like" West Medical on FaceBook -, Instagram - ( @ ) west dot medical and Twitter - ( @ ) West_medical.

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