Desert Companion 2011 Article

Blossom Bariatrics practice is about helping clients achieve better health by losing excess weight using Lap Band and gastric bypass surgery, both advanced and traditional. One of the most important aspects is the caring and accessibility of the office staff, including Dr. Tom Umbach. Each client is given the doctor’s cell phone number and it is Dr. Umbach who sees the client on each visit. Blossom Bariatrics has been serving Las Vegas for more than ten years, performing thousands of cases of complex bariatric surgery.

Morbid obesity can lead to a shorter life and health problems. Clinical studies have shown that gastric bypass surgery improves life expectancy in clients by 89 percent. Clients can qualify for weight loss surgery when they are 75 pounds or more overweight or have a body mass index of 30 percent.

Blossom Bariatrics surgical weight loss program includes the gastric sleeve resection, performed as an outpatient procedure offering weight loss similar to bypass but without rerouting to the intestine. Other procedures offered include Lap Band, Rouxen-Y gastric bypass, Stomaphyx / ROSE, nutrition class and follow-up, psychological evaluation, sleep apnea screening and support groups both before and after surgery.

Dr. Umbach is a fellowship-trained Las Vegas bariatric surgery specialist and his practice is devoted 100 percent to bariatric surgery with over seven years training in laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery and laparoscopic bariatric surgery. His memberships include Fellow of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Fellow of American College of Surgeons and American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Umbach attended the Medical College of Virginia with a residency in Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles and a Fellowship at University of Southern California, Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery.

He has started up the laproscopic surgical weight loss program at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco, which services all of Northern California. He then created a Center of Excellence program in Eugene, Ore. His other achievements include being named America’s Top Surgeon 2008 and being an Eagle Scout.

Personally, Dr. Umbach and his wife, Holly, are the parents of two children, Alex and Taylor. The family enjoys traveling, camping, reading, and skiing/snowboarding. They are also “dog and cat parents” to a German Sheppard named Cadia, who thinks she’s a lap dog and a cat named Bella who is taking over the household. Dr. Umbach is a private pilot who loves to fly.

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Tom Umbach

Tom Umbach

Bariatrics is Dr. Umbach’s Passion! His practice is 100% devoted to helping Las Vegas gastric sleeve and gastric bypass clients achieve healthier lifestyles. It brings him great pleasure to see clients shed their excess weight and enjoy the simple pleasures of life – playing with their children or grandchildren, riding a roller coaster for the first time, or starting to date and travel.

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