Dr. Machado graduated with honors from California State University, Stanislaus and received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Machado completed her surgical residency at the University of California, Davis. She entered private practice in 2000 performing Trauma and General Surgery. Dr. Machado received Advanced Laparoscopic Bariatric training at Montefiore Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Machado was also a participating surgeon in a National Institute of Health landmark research study on bariatric surgery outcomes (LABS 1). Dr. Machado has served as the Director of Bariatric Services at Mercy San Juan Medical Center since 2003. Dr. Machado is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at California Northstate University College of Medicine and contributes to the education of medical students in the region.
Sacramento Bariatric Medical Associates
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Sacramento Bariatric Medical Associates
Bariatric surgery is the most effective
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Gastric bypass surgery is considered the gold standard procedure for a reason, it works! Gastric bypass combines stomach and intestinal surgery to produce many hormonal and metabolic changes that results in efficient weight loss. This procedure is the best treatment for diabetes.
The Sleeve Gastrectomy permanently removes approximately 80-85 percent of the stomach. This greatly reduces the volume of food that can be consumed and reduces hunger and cravings. Sleeve gastrectomy is permanent but can be converted to other procedures if necessary.
The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band involves placement of an adjustable band around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch. The band is gradually adjusted to control hunger and portion sizes. This is the least invasive surgical option that results in gradual weight loss.
Revisional bariatric surgery requires careful evaluation and is approached on an individual basis — evaluating the procedure that was initially performed and its current level of function. Dr. Machado has extensive experience in revisional surgery and has helped many patients get back on track.
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Our Patient Comments
Dr. Machado is the best! I feel extremely fortunate to have met her and picked her as my Lap-band surgeon back in 2008. Her commitment to long-term follow-up is exceptional, which has helped me maintain a 120-pound weight loss. We have stayed in close contact over the last 9 years and I always find it helpful to see her for follow-up visits – she is so supportive and easy to talk to while knowing how to motivate you to get the weight off! You can tell she genuinely cares about her patients’ wellbeing and will do whatever she can to help you. Definitely go to her seminar if you need a great bariatric surgeon and live anywhere near the area.
I struggled for a long time with my weight and when I reached my heaviest weight ever at 272lbs, I decided that nothing I was doing was working. It was finally time to try something else. After a lot of research, I decided to have the gastric sleeve surgery. I read a lot of great reviews on Dr. Machado, attended her class and just really liked her and all that she had to say and offer. I had my surgery Oct 4, 2016 and have lost over 125lbs from my heaviest weight. I feel amazing, I have my life back; a better life actually. My relationship with my family has improved and I love the person I see in the mirror. Its work and there have been plenty of ups and downs. This by no means is an easy way out but it’s a really awesome tool. I eat right, exercise, I’m kind to myself and am thankful for my progress and the support. I couldn’t have gotten this far without the surgery and especially without Dr. Machado’s help. It’s a journey everyone needs to decide to take for themselves and I’m so glad I did.