1301 20th St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040434.030043 -118.481433
Neighborhoods: Mid-City, West LA
I consider one of the luckiest days in my life the day I called UCLA (January, 1999) for a consultation and was assigned to Dr. Carson Liu. I even recall the nurse telling me how lucky I was to have been assigned to Dr. Liu as he is so wonderful. Dr. Liu has always been caring and very thorough in his explanations. He is never short or unwilling to listen to my concerns.
In April (2013) I had lap band surgery - although it didn’t really seem like surgery. I really had no pain or discomfort. As soon as I woke after the surgery my only question was how soon can I go home. I felt so good I didn’t go home but went to Costco to do some shopping and more importantly, walking around. The lap band has been amazing for me, I haven’t had any problems and just feel full and don’t get hungry. In 3 months I’ve lost nearly 45 pounds. I do follow the prescribed diet and exercise.
I’m also happy that Dr. Liu is now doing is now doing SmartLipo - as I am looking forward to that procedure when my weight loss is complete.
I decided to have the Lap Band surgery in March of 2009 when I heard a radio personality endorsing Dr. Carson Liu. I was looking around at different doctors and decided to take a chance. Sometimes in life we get lucky and make the right decisions. This was one of those times for me.
Dr. Liu’s staff took me on a journey of discovery and together we decided to move forward with the surgery. On the day of the surgery, I found the staff and process to be stress free and in fact, very comforting. The procedure went great, recovery had no issues, and I was able to get back to work within a couple of days.
I had talked to a lot of other people about the different approaches their doctors took when performing an adjustment. Dr. Liu’s approach is absolutely the best! It is tailored to the individual instead of making the individual fit the approach. I have achieved my weight loss goals and continue to look forward to my next appointment.
My quality of life has improved tremendously. I sleep better, my back aches are gone, what I thought were chronic health issues have disappeared, and most of all my relationship with my wife couldn’t be better. While I have said thank you to Dr. Liu, there is no real way I could ever express how this partnership has changed my life forever.
I’m 41 and finally having Fun! I have spent the last 20 years of my life trying every single diet fad, diet plan and diet system ever invented. I have spent a lot of time and money on all the diets you read about and see advertised. I have had great success with all of them, always being able to lose 10-30 lbs. I have always tried my hardest to stick with the diets only to fail every time and find that in the end I have gained more than I actually lost. I kept on trying every new diet fad because at the age of 34 I now had two children; a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter. They had energy and I didn’t have any at all! They wanted to play and I was just to BIG to run, hop, chase or play. As my kids were getting older, I was getting wider, grayer and always feeling fatigued and my constant failure to loose weight left me hopeless.
I was now 41 years old; my kids are nine and seven. I had diabetes, severe sleep apnea, and was obese. My kids, thank God, are thin and are not going down the path of being overweight. My primary doctor recommended that I go see Dr. Liu and have a consultation.
Upon walking into Dr. Liu’s office, I was greeted, not judged! The staff was kind, and encouraging and Dr. Liu himself was very sincere. I had my consultation and left Dr. Liu’s office feeling hopeful and excited about what was going to be the most drastic change in my life. I went home and shared everything that I had learned with my wife we read over additional information that Dr. Liu’s staff had shared with us and agreed that this was the best thing not only for myself but for my family as well.
I had my procedure in April of 2012. By August 2012 I had lost 60lbs. I am no longer a diabetic, I no longer suffer from sleep apnea. I’m continuing to loose weight every month and everybody says I look great. The best news is that I have the energy to play with my kids… And that’s priceless!
Thank you Dr. Lui for giving me the life that I feared I would never have and giving me plenty more years with my family.
New Lease on Life at 60! – I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I'd go on a diet, lose the weight only to gain it back and then some. The constant ups and downs which I saw as failures began to wear on me. The disappointment I used to feel turned to an acceptance that I was always going to be overweight. At some point, I made the decision to stop trying, I just gave up!
This way to seeing myself came to an abrupt halt when during a routine physical my doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic. This news coupled with me knee problems and degenerative discs in my spine; I realized I had to make a change.
One of my coworkers underwent the gastric bypass surgery but that procedure seemed extremely invasive and was just too extreme for my taste. I remember hearing ads for the lap band procedure and asked my doctor for his thoughts on it. He approved of the procedure but said if I was going to have it done, the ONLY DOCTOR he would refer me to was DR. LIU. I decided to check it out, I figured it wouldn't hurt to meet with him.
From the moment I stepped foot into his office, I knew I was in the right place. The staff was friendly, answered all my questions and even helped work out a reasonable payment plan. Dr. Liu's bedside manner was top notch and any reservations I may have had vanished as soon as I left his office.
I had my procedure back in July of 2010 and have lost 90lbs and I've kept it off!!! I am no longer borderline diabetic, my back and knees no longer give me problems and my energy level is through the roof. I may be 60 but I feel just as good as my 36 year old daughter.
I have Dr. Liu and his staff to thank for the new me. This was the ABSOLUTE BEST DECISION I've ever made and I would recommend Dr. Liu and his staff to anyone looking for a new lease on life.
Lab Band Surgery – A little over two months ago I decided to have the lap band surgery. For well over 2 years, I researched the procedure, the product and many doctors. I decided it was time to start making appointments with three doctor's that I found to be highly regarded in the industry, Dr. Liu being one of them. I went to the first doctor and had a horrible experience that I decided that I wasn't going to have the surgery. After about 2 weeks I decided to call Dr. Liu's office for a consultation -- THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! Not only was Dr. Liu patient and thorough, his staff is just as good. Not at one point did Dr. Liu rush me or not answer a question. He spent well over an hour with me on my first visit. I decided to then go for a second opinion on the East Coast -- this physician, who was head of bariatric surgery as a well know university hospital, agreed that the surgery was the correct one for me. When I mentioned Dr. Liu's name this physician told me to go back to LA and go schedule the surgery with him -- that he is one of the most well respected physician's in this field and has great outcomes. I returned to LA, scheduled the surgery and had it done on October 3, 2011. HANDS DOWN, THE BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. The surgery was easy, the care was excellent and I have been losing weight at a steady speed. Dr. Liu has given me my life back -- I am active, I am social and I am living life again.
Great Experience – I had been thinking about Lap Band surgery for a few years. I discovered 2 of my co-workers had the procedure and both chose Dr Liu as their surgeon, so I decided to scheduled a consultation. Dr Liu and his staff were professional and a friendly. Dr Liu answered all my questions in a way I could understand! They went over everything step by step which made me feel comfortable. They were kind and compassionate. On my drive home from the appointment, Claudia called with the insurance verification. I was surprised to say the least! I didn't think I would hear anything for several weeks. I schedule my surgery and had my procedure 6/7/10.
The staff have continued to be awesome! Jaime & Claudia have always been wonderful. I had many questions about my insurance billing. They never made me feel like I was bothering them with my billing "silly" questions. I panicked when I saw the insurance charges because Dr Liu is "out of network" for my PPO insurance. I thought I might have to pay 50% of the whole bill. Claudia told me not to worry. I wouldn't have to pay more than the estimate given to me up front...and I haven't!! They have a great payment plan which has made it very affordable. THANK YOU LADIES!!
Another plus...Dr Liu has two offices...1 in Santa Monica and 1 in Tustin...which is great because I live in the O.C.
I have been happy with my experience & I would recommend Dr Carson Liu to anyone looking to getting the Lap Band!
My New Life – I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY EXPERIENCE ALMOST A YEAR AGO DOCTOR LUI CHANGED MY LIFE I REASARCHED MANY DOCTORS AND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DR. LIU AND ALL THE OTHERS WAS THAT DR.LIU IS VERY CARING , VERY PATIENT,A AND HIS STAFF IS GREAT. ALSO THE MONTHLY MEETING IS VERY HELPFULL TO BE ABLE TO PROGRESS AFTER THE WHEIGHT IS GONE. IT IS VERY EASY TO FALL TO FALL BACK INTO OLD HABITS AND FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM WEIGHT WISE. THESE MONTHLY MEETINGS SERVED AS WAY TO STAY GROUNDED AND CONTIUE TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF, IN ADDITOIN TO THE SUPPORT YOU GET FROM PATIENTS JUST LIKE YOU. YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE WITH THIS EXPERIENCE. WHEN I TRAVEL & FLY EVRY WEEK IT IS A GREAT FEELING TO BE ABLE TO SIT IN THE SMALL PLANE SEATS. A SUGGESTION TO THE READER IS TO GO DIRECTLY TO DR LUI OR THE DOCTOR OF YOUR CHOICE. DO NOT GO THE BIG MARKETING SURGERY CENTER PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE THIS WILL CHANGE YOU LIFE THANKS DOCTOR LUI AND TEAM.
I'm so happy I chose Dr. Carson Liu as my bariatric doctor.
I met him 10 years ago when he was at UCLA and the LapBand didn't exist, yet... He smirked at me and asked why I was there. Let me rewind... That day I walked in the office for a solution to my obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and everything else that comes along with being over weight... The waiting room was filled with people "bigger" than me. I actually felt uncomfortable.
I consulted with Dr. Liu and started the paperwork etc... but due to family issues, I could not proceed. I actually was relieved... I thought there has to be a better way. I did Phen-Fen... Which worked for me as it was supposed to do - no side affects other than I forgot I took my pills in the morning and took all for the day... Yeah not good, I passed out in church... The rest of the pills went down the toilet. I lost 60-70 pounds but eventually gained it all and I mean all back.
So here I am - the lapband is everywhere. I called some advertised doctors but remembered Dr. Liu and found him.
10 years later from the first time meeting him I had the band put in. It's been 3 months, I've lost weight, I feel better. I'm not taking any diabetes medicine from inception of the surgery and I've been taken off of blood pressure medicine.
My main goal was to be healthier and if it wasn't for Dr. Liu and his staff, (which are AWESOME!!!) who knows how long I would be able to be on this earth.
Big Mahalo's to Dr. Liu and his team... If someone reads this review and needs help with their weight - I recommend this doctor before anyone else.
A Happy Patient
Truly the best lap band surgeon – I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Liu and his staff. From the first phone call and the first time that I met Dr. Liu, I was totally comfortable with him. He is knowledgeable, empathetic, and thorough. Dr. Liu takes the time to ask questions about your health and explains the procedure with you. In all honesty, this was a huge difference from the first facility that I had a consultation with. After having a bad feeling about the other lap band facility, I am so thankful that I decided to put my fear on the back burner and research Dr. Liu. It could have literally been a huge mistake to forge ahead with a company that is not interested in the patients' health and well being, and is only there to drain your bank account.
My surgery was on Sept. 13, 2010 and it will forever change my life. I had many health problems and was on quite a bit of medication. At 41, I was using a CPAP machine and my quality of life was not what I had envisioned. After a couple of years of researched the surgery, I knew that I had come to a decision that would benefit my health, but also a decision that would prolong my life. I'm a wife, mother and work with children. This has absolutely been the best thing I could have done for myself. The only pills present in my life now are multi-vitamins! It's such a great feeling to have my energy back and see the scale going in a downward motion! I cannot thank Dr. Liu and his staff enough for their empathy and continued support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are awesome!
Fantastic doctor and staff – Dr. Liu was the first doctor I went to in researching the lap band. He was also
the last. I knew immediately that he was
the doctor for me after my first visit. He
answered all my questions, no matter how
silly, with candor and sensitivity. His staff
was also kind and compassionate, they
treated me just as nice.
My surgery was so quick, I couldn't believe
I was putting on my clothes and shoes and walking out to my car right afterwards!
Dr. Liu called me at home in the evening to
check on me after I had some concerns,
whose ever heard of a doctor calling in the evening??!!
Every visit I found everyone to be the same, I've never felt so comfortable in a doctor's office before, When you are overweight, it's hard to feel comfortable sometimes around people, especially doctors. But never once did Dr. Liu or his staff speak condesendently or judgmental about my weight.
Even though my insurance does not cover Dr. Liu's fees, I will continue on with him,
as I don't feel there is a better doctor and staff as Dr. Liu and his group.
I thank God for that day I first walked into
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