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My husband is interested in getting the sleeve but our insurance doesn't cover it. We are looking for physicians in the Southern CA area to perform the surgery. We have found a few but want to do more research to ensure the we are choosing the right doctor. Can anybody recommend doctors in the Southern CA area.

I'm a sleeve patient myself but I was blessed enough to have my insurance cover the entire cost.

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In SoCal, I would look up Dr. Ara Keshishian in Pasadena/Glendale area. He is one of the legacy DS surgeons, (which starts with the sleeve and adds a malabsorption component) which means that he has been doing sleeves longer than most surgeons who only started doing them a few years ago when insurance started covering it.

When I had my sleeve done eight years ago, I went to SF for it as there was no one in SoCal then with that type of experience; If Dr. K was in town then (he moved down from the Central Valley), I would have gone with him rather than travel.

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