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Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program
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6655 Alvarado Rd.
San Diego, California,92120
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center is a 306-bed acute care hospital offering advanced, specialized healthcare services to the San Diego community. Our vision is to provide our community with a unique hospital that blends outstanding medical care and leading-edge... more.
"One of the reasons why people hit a weight plateau is because dieting alone increases chemical hunger," said Dr. Julie Ellner of Alvarado Hospital in a press release.
Ellner is one of the first doctors to offer this procedure in San Diego. "The balloon has been available for almost two decades outside of the U.S. and has proven successful in many European and other countries," Ellner said. "For millions of people who want to lose weight without surgery, it gives them the boost they need." Ellner performs the procedure at the Physicians Surgery Center at Alvarado, which is an outpatient surgery center located on the Alvarado Hospital campus.
"One of the reasons why people hit a weight plateau is because dieting alone increases chemical hunger," said Dr. Julie Ellner of Alvarado Hospital, who is one of the first doctors to offer this procedure in San Diego.
"This is a way to relieve the hunger and be successful without surgery or drugs." "The balloon has been available for almost two decades outside of the U.S. and has proven successful in many European and other countries," Dr. Ellner added, "For millions of people who want to lose weight without surgery, it gives them the boost they need." Typically, a person has to have a BMI between 30-40 to qualify and need to lose approximately 25-50 pounds. The procedure is not currently covered by insurance. Dr. Ellner performs the procedure at the Physicians Surgery Center at Alvarado, unless otherwise advised by the physician. Dr. Ellner will be offering a free seminar on the belly balloon at on April 6 at 6 p.m. at Alvarado Hospital.
"There are many additional benefits," said Alvarado Hospital's Dr. Julie Ellner.
"A common side effect to the gastric bypass procedure is the reduction or elimination of Type 2 diabetes. The gastric bypass procedure reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed by the small intestine, which appears to have a rapid and beneficial effect on diabetes." Dr. Ellner, who is the medical director of Alvarado's Surgical Weight-Loss Program, added that according to the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, cancer mortality can be reduced by 60 percent for those who undergo bariatric surgery. The group also reports that death in association with diabetes is reduced by more than 90 percent and from heart disease by more than 50 percent. If you have decided to get serious about weight loss and want to learn more about your surgical weight loss and insurance/payment options, join Dr. Ellner for dinner at the popular farm-to-table Terra American Bistro on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. for a three-course dinner and discussion on the Lap-Band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.
Dr. Julie Ellner
Ellner Bariatric Julie Ellner MD FACS laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery Changemaker: Julie Ellner, MD, FACS Changemaker: Julie Ellner, MD, FACS Julie Ellner, MD, FACS, is living the dream. Actually, she is living two dreams: helping others through life-saving bariatric surgery, and being "a surfer chick." Those were dreams that did not come easily for the San Diego bariatric surgeon, and member of the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. Achieving them required going against the grain, fending for herself, hard work, skill, determination, and never letting anything stand in her way. And she gives thanks every day that she was able to make those dreams come true. An unabashed Anglophile, Dr. Ellner has never forgotten from whence she came. Growing up in Funk, Nebraska, a two-street town, she was the only girl in a class of four from kindergarten through eighth grade. "So I learned early to be comfortable being the only female in the room," she says. Although she loved sports, "from an early age, I wanted to get as far away from small town Nebraska as possible," she notes. She knew she wanted to be a physician, but she faced overwhelming discouragement from family and townspeople, and she had limited funds for school. Even still, Dr. Ellner attended Hastings College on a volleyball scholarship and discovered a wider world when she participated in the school's London study-abroad program. She quickly fell in love with all things English and decided to stay. But her mother came to London and literally dragged her crying onto the plane to return home. Because of a knee injury, Dr. Ellner lost her volleyball scholarship and had to find a new school, which turned out to be Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. She sold everything except her car to pay medical school application fees, and earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston in 1993. Dr. Ellner was not thrilled when her residency match brought her back to the Midwest to the University of Iowa; but once there, Professor Dr. Edward Mason, the first to perform gastric bypass surgery, deeply inspired her. Dr. Ellner discovered her second dream in learning to surf during a 30th birthday adventure to Santa Cruz. "I caught the first wave and by the time I hit the beach, I knew where I would practice medicine." Dr. Ellner is a solo practice bariatric surgeon at Ellner Bariatric, Inc. in San Diego. She is also medical director of the bariatric surgery program at Alvarado Hospital, and she performs surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. In 2000, she became the first woman to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. In addition to surfing several times a week, Dr. Ellner does medical outreach work in Fiji. Each year, she takes clothing, shoes, and makeup donated by her patients to distribute to women in Fiji. She also volunteers with the Windansea Surf Club for "A Day at the Beach," which introduces surfing to children who are homeless, in foster care, or are mentally challenged. Dr. Ellner is a frequent guest expert on local news programs and nationwide television shows such as The Doctors and 48 Hours. Media appearances are the way she educates people about obesity, although she says such appearances are still a challenge for her. Dr. Ellner surrounds herself with all things English: history, antiques, and her Tudor cottage. She loves doing home repairs and plumbing, and she spends a lot of time working in her English garden. When she is in need of "therapy," she sneaks away to a cove with a jar of peanuts and feeds the squirrels out of her hand, like her grandmother taught her when she was a child. Although her dual roles are the way she stays passionate about working and playing hard, she says her surfer friends are surprised when they find out she is a physician, and her medical associates are surprised when they find out she is "a surfer chick. And she feels lucky every day to be able to do both. Feature photo: Dr. Ellner can shread. Photo credit: http://adaywithba.com
Dr Julie A. Ellner, the medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, told the publication there is a distinct correlation between playing games and adult weight loss:
Ellner observed how Wii Fit brings in a personal trainer that keeps you on track, while the system retains a record of things like balance and weight loss or gain. She recommends individuals use games that promote cardio and toning and Wii Fit and the upcoming Wii Fit U come complete with a range of exercise programmes that work on several things.