Orange County Bariatric Surgeon
18111 Brookhurst Street, Ste 5600
Fountain Valley, California 92708 US
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36 Year Old Female Scheduled for Gastric Bypass - Fountain Valley, CA

He Seems very nice and very professional. He was happy to answer any questions that I had and volunteered more information that was helpful to me. He has made me feel comfortable so far.

5 out of 5 stars Lap Band

Lap Band Removal - Fountain Valley, CA

Doctor Russo was very friendly and understanding in our pre-surgery appointments. He was very good at explaining what was going on through the whole process of determining what had happened with the band and determining that the best course of action was to remove the band and do a revision to bypass. After surgery he was very detailed in explaining the complications that arose due to the excessive amount of scar tissue that the band had created and was very compassionate about the trials I was going through with my insurance.

5 out of 5 stars Weight Loss

Healthy. Fountain Valley, CA

Dr. Russo is a awesome personable doctor who shows a true concern in your procedure and well being. He make you feel comfortable and he never once made me feel like I was bothering him or rushed when asking him questions. He smiled and took joy in your success during your journey no matter how small.

5 out of 5 stars Gastric Bypass

He Saved my Life! - Fountain Valley, CA

I LOVE Dr. Russo. He has the best bed side manner and is an amazing dr. I would recommend him to anyone looking to get gastric surgery. I had some set backs, but he was always there to make sure I was doing ok.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General

Memberships

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Consultation Fee

Free

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Russo has hospital affiliations at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center.

Education

  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Medical: MD, University Of Toledo College Of Medicine
    Fellowship: Bariatric, Minimally Invasive, and Robotic Surgery, Stanford University
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: University Of Nevada School Of Medicine
    Residency: University Of Nevada School Of Medicine
    Fellowship: Stanford University

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Am I a candidate for VSG?

You have a BMI of 35 and above. You are a candidate for weight loss surgery. Good luck to you on your transformation! READ MORE

How does a person handle the gag reflex during the procedure. Can this be done under anesthetic?

You will be given relaxing medication to put you into a twilight sleep so that you are in a relaxed state and don't remember the procedure.  READ MORE

Will an insurance pay for the surgery?

Most insurers now pay for the surgery, or most of it, if you qualify. Your BMI must be over 40 or over 35 with an obesity related medical problem.... READ MORE

Does your sleeve shrink back to size if I put weight on and then take it off?

It's unlikely that you have stretched your sleeve. Switching back to a lifestyle of healthy diet and exercise is likely all you need. READ MORE

230lbs, 5ft 8 inch - can gastric sleeve surgery be done on me.

Many practices are now offering sleeve gastrectomy on patients over a BMI 30 with medical conditions or a BMI over 35 without. Please be advised that ... READ MORE

I have been banded since 2007. I went from 238 to now about 120 lbs, but not without many complications. Revision options?

Depending on whether you have any problems with the position of your band, a revision surgery may be covered. At your current weight, most insurances... READ MORE

Timing for second Sculpsure treatment. How long should i wait?

You should wait a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your second treatment on the same area. There are no adverse consequences if you keep this minimum time... READ MORE

I am 5'4" male aged 41 and weigh 257 lbs. Finding it very difficult to lose weight

Bariatric surgery would give you the life altering result you are looking for. Your weight puts you in the category of people that benefit most from... READ MORE

Im scheduled for lipo, and want to lose weight. Is it a good idea to also get the intragastric balloon? (Photo)

The balloon would definitely be a great option for you to lose the weight before cosmetic surgery and learn the diet and exercise regimen during the 6... READ MORE

I had my lap band removed 2 weeks ago. One area is still bleeding is this safe or normal? (photo)

Don't worry-this type of slow oozing is normal. Call your doctor if the bleeding worsens or becomes bright red. READ MORE

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.