Report: #385485

Complaint Review: Top Surgeons WeightLoss Centers 1-800-GET-SLIM 1800GETSLIM - Beverly Hills, Apple Valley, Palmdale, Valencia, West Hills, California

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  • Top Surgeons WeightLoss Centers 1-800-GET-SLIM 1800GETSLIM 9001 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 106 Beverly Hills, Apple Valley, Palmdale, Valencia, West Hills,, California U.S.A.

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I went to their office looking for an honest Dr. to help me... I got a cattle market instead!!

I arrived at their office for a Saturday seminar and was immediately treated badly. It was unorganized, crowded and unprofessional. Then I finally met Dr. Salamatari. That's when #*#* really hit the fan.
One prospective patient asked how many LapBand Surgeries he had done and he kept trying to say "we". Finally when I asked him how many he alone had done he finally came clean that he had done less than 20. I asked when he had finished training and he responded last July.
Then came the cattle call. I was escorted to am exam room. I was forced to go thru a series of consultations. None of which I had asked about or wanted. I didn't want to be seen by a podiatrist for bunions or a plastic surgeon for breast reduction surgery or by a gynecologist for urinary accidents.
I left having thought that I would not hear from them again.
A couple of weeks later, I get a phone call telling me that Insurance does not cover the LapBand Surgery but that if I pay them $18,000,000. cash they can do the surgery for me.

What they didn't tell me is that Insurance wouldn't pay them because of their center not being in network because they are not accredited!
Later I find out that their the same Doctors that have had their medical license's revoked and placed on Probation.
***1-800-GET-SLIM ***Weight Loss Centers*** TopSurgeons*** are all owned 100% by Dr. Michael Omidi (Medical License on Probation http://www.tmz.com/2008/10/06/90210-doc-disciplined-over-lipo/) and Julian Omidi ( Medical License Revoked)

Their surgeries are done in unsafe operating rooms with unsafe physicians. They have no regard for patient safety and worse they are dishonest. They are still trying to get me to pay them when I have been authorized for surgery at Cedars!
Don't trust your life in their hands.

Beverly Hills, California

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#8 Consumer Comment

this company is a joke-check out all of the LA TImes articles

AUTHOR: baframian - (United States of America)

POSTED: Saturday, July 09, 2011
im a doctor and i worked for this company for a short period of time.  i left when i saw all of the underhanded things going on at this company.  Both of the head doctors-the omidis- have had their licenses revoked or are on probation.  just check out the many la times articles about them.  the company is actually suing la times because of their "truthfull" reporting.  

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#7 Consumer Comment

Ripped off my them as well, the only thing slim is the wallet - beware

AUTHOR: Barron - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My wife and I just moved to So California. We saw the 1800getslim commericals everyday. my wife called them, email them weeks went by finally someone contacted us. We were told to come in see the doctor and they would explain it all. We meet the doctor, nice guy, we were told it was going to be covered under insurance so we scheduled the camera down the throat procedure. After having the procdure done, the phone was off the hook, no returned calls, no email etc. Now we find out it's not covered by our insurance and we have received over $17K in bills for the camera procedure.

Stay clear of them, they will slim your wallet only.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Re: 800-Get-Slim Rip Off

AUTHOR: Mari - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Friday, June 19, 2009
I to believe this is a rip off from my personnal experience.

Yes, the people in the office are extremely nice in both the San Bernardino and Beverly Hills office. And yes, they make you feel comfortable even when you are scared. And yes, if I could have had the procedure done under my insurance than I would have done it; but I made it clear that I was not in anyway going to finance this procedure.

So, they told me everything I wanted to hear plus...your insurance won't pay UNLESS you have stomach problems which require surgary and at which time we can install the Lab Band while we are "correcting" your stomach problem. I told them I didn't have stomach problems, however, the insurance claim specialist at the office said that I should still go to the Beverly Hills office to have it checked out since it would be no charge and it would only be a one day procedure.

Of course, I wanted to have the main procedure because I wanted to be "skinny" and my best instincts went out the door. I knew what she was hinting too...document it with another procedure so the insurance would pay for it and not question it since it would not be a "Lab Band" procedure but instead a "stomach correction due to indegestion" and when they were "correcting" the stomach they would install the "Lab Band" at the same time. They are good with senerios for insurance documents.

I went to the first of 2 procedures in Beverly Hills. This procedure consisted of having a scope down my throat to take pictures of my stomach...mind you I have no problems with my stomach and I said this a couple times. More or less...I went there and went under sleep for less than 5 minutes and no scope down my throat but I have pictures of my stomach....LOL LOL Someone elses stomach in bad shape! Get it...Insurance fraude once again. I left there telling my husband I believe I made the wrong mistake on doing this since they are willing to rip off the insurance they will rip me too! Sure enough, they tried double and triple charging for this procedure which my insurance REFUSED to pay since it was not within the normal charge, so Lap Band has sent me bills totaling $1300 AFTER my insurance paid for $5K of it plus another bill is still outstanding for another $10K that my insurane company is fighting because this procedure alone should have only cost under $5K total; however Lab Band is trying to charge over $15k for just a scope down the throat to take a picture! This wasn't even a SURGURY! RIP OFF!

Oh, lastly, I went and seen my family doctor and she requested my stomach pictures...and guess what! They won't give them to her even though I have given her my concent.

Watch out for these people. I beleive there are some people they really do help who really deserve the Lab Band but people like me trying to find a quick fix they will try to do everything to rip insurance companies and me off since they don't check what is covered.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Be Careful of These Guys

AUTHOR: Lasby - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Sunday, March 22, 2009
Two people I know saw these guys. The were completely turned off.

Yes, the doctors are nice people, but that doesn't make them good or qualified. They checked around. How many legitimate hospitals are these surgeons privileged at for practicing bariatric (weight loss) surgery? Did they SUCCESSFULLY finish training programs in this specialty, or did they simply go through a training course? What is their follow-up program? The answers were not too flattering.

I went to a surgeon who was professional AND has been an expert in this field for a long time. When I checked around, my surgeon was RESPECTED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE, not just the other surgeons in his group, or his friends in the medical community. My surgeon, and his colleagues, are true experts. This is important to me. Getting it right 90% of the time isn't good enough for me, and shouldn't be for anyone. Find someone that gets it right 99.9% of the time.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Re: Top Surgeons WeightLoss Centers 1-800-GET-SLIM 1800GETSLIM

AUTHOR: Regina - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I called the AAAHC and ask about their center and they said that the center is fully accredited with them. I also checked online (Medical Board of CA) none of the Lapband doctors have negative records under their name.

I had a couple of MOHS surgeries done at their center and all the instruments that were used has been sterilized.

I do not think the center will get accredited if they don't follow the AAAHC rules and regulations and also patient care.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Re: Weight Loss Center - Lapband and 1800-get slim

AUTHOR: Chelsey - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Hi my name is Chelsey. The comments posted are absolutely not true about the LapBand doctors. I just checked it myself under the medical board of CA. The doctors who performs the Lapband procedures are well experience and board certified providers. I went their for a consultation and the doctors are very knowledgeable and very professional. The facility is very clean and organized. Rooms are tidy and clean as well. All the staff were very friendly and always maintain their professionalism.
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#2 Consumer Comment

1800 Get Slim (LAPBAND) / Topsurgeons

AUTHOR: Suzzette - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Absolutely not a ripoff. I respect the criticism and the opinion of people but these people would not do that for the sake of their own benefit. These doctors really cares and will give you the best possible accomodation you deserve. It's like your own "HOME" they will treat you as a family not just a client or a regular patient.

I was on my way to their office from North of Bakersfield and I got stuck in the middle of the road because of the accident on the freeway that day. To cut the story short I was 3 hours late and I was thinking of going back home. I still decided to come anyways because I am already more than half way though. When I arrived there the seminar was already done. Horrible day for me. But the office gave a private seminar to me and a private consultation as well. Very kind people and very professional. My insurance didn't cover the procedure so I decided to do financing and the same day I got approved!!! Alas!!! I never pay more than $300 bucks out of pocket every month. Thanks for all the help and patience.

The doctors and staff always find a way to accomodate you and help you all the way until you get it done. I never get rip off!!! Thanks again to Topsurgeons and Weight Loss Centers for all your help. I will absolutely recommend my friends to the center.
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AUTHOR: Ally - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Tuesday, February 03, 2009
What a great seminar the doctors presented to us. The staff is very friendly and gave an outstanding services. They have a unique style that everyone could just sit there and relax comfortably and wait fot the doctors to come see us.

There were too many people during my appointment but the center, staff and doctors managed and maintain their professionalism. I was asked by a different doctors because they want to help not only by losing weight but also getting rid off other stuff that could affect my healthy lifestyle. Basicaly It was explain during the seminar that the doctors and staff wants all the patient to get better and have a healthy lifestyle.

These doctors are very honest and very helpful. Although the insurance won't cover my procedure and price is a little expensive, they still help me to pay the procedure and I am very thankful for that. I am paying 200+ dollars per month for my procedure. They're their for you if you are having a financial hardship, they will never let you down. Now I am losing almost 100 lbs and Im having a normal, happy and healthy life.
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