Support Group


SUPPORT GROUP: Sharing your experience with others who understand your weight loss journey is part of the path to a newer, lighter life. All topics are welcome in one of our support groups. Whether it is a problem with what to eat, how to dress your changing body or to add advise on what is working for you to others...all is welcomed and appreciated. Your "voice" is needed. 

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Helmuth Billy, MD

Bariatric Surgeons located in Ventura, CA

Dr. Helmuth Billy specializes in providing laparoscopic bariatric surgery as part of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary weight-loss program from offices located in Thousand Oaks and Ventura, California. Services include bariatric surgeries such as the lap band, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and the ReShape Balloon. Dr. Billy also provides general surgery services and revision surgeries. Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates has brought together a group of specialists under one roof to create a program that will support our patients on their journey to health and wellness.

In addition to Dr. Billy, our team includes a Board Certified Pulmonologist and Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialist, a Psychologist, a Registered Dietician, two Certified Bariatric Nurses, a Patient Support Facilitator, and a Physical Fitness team of personal trainers.

The follow-up program at Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates includes continued dietary education, three monthly support groups, daily exercises classes with a Physical Fitness team of personal trainers, and easy access to our nurses and physicians if you have questions. After surgery, patients who are interested may also enjoy the onsite offerings of Tre Jolie MediSpa, which features the Cutera Laser System for skin tightening, brightening, and rejuvenation, as well as hair removal and vein therapy. There is also an on-site esthetician offering facial treatments using ZO Skin Care products.

Please come to one of our free informational seminars to get started on your weight loss journey. New patients are currently being welcomed, and we accept most major forms of insurance and offer financing options.


Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Patient Portal

Patient Portal

We are pleased to provide patients with secure, 24/7 access to their health records through the Patient Portal. Patients can safely and easily:

  • Request prescription refills
  • Update insurance/demographic information
  • Review financial statements/make secure payments
  • View lab and test results
  • Access relevant health education materials

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Ventura Advanced Surgical Associates is a preferred provider with many health plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Health Net PPO, Gold Coast MediCal, and others. Dr. Billy is also a provider with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. You must contact Heather Jacobsen regarding bariatric surgery and insurance coverage. She can also answer questions regarding our billing policies. You can reach Heather by email at or by phone. Please leave her a detailed message and she will get back to you. Heather Jacobsen, Insurance and Billing Specialist: 805-676-9100 x118.

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Words from our patients

  • "Dr Billy's and his office staff have been great. The support and knowledge they provide has been awesome."

    Michael Fisher
  • "He is really big on patient education and really cares about you. I was so very comfortable with him and his bedside manner... I would not have wanted another surgeon."

  • Vitals


    Bill Gonzalez
  • Vitals

    "I appreciate Dr. Billy for everything he has done for me, and most importantly, for giving me my life back."

  • "Today I did pushups for the first time...on the floor...I wake up every morning excited to start the day and grab every minute that life has to offer. I am so grateful."

    Sandi Henderson
  • "Dr. Billy's practice is built around arming us, as patients with all the tools we need to succeed for the long-term."

    Gloria Samuels
  • "I now can do all the things I enjoy and things that I never thought that I could do, and I know that I'll be around long enough to enjoy everything and anything."

    Chrissy Rucci
  • "Dr. Billy and his amazing staff. They have support groups, and aerobics classes. They have all the tools any personality type would need to be successful."

    Jennifer Hammer
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Billy takes excellent care of his patients. His staff is very well trained in the diligent care he demands. He made me feel safe in surgery."

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Billy and his staff are wonderful. I was so scared about surgery and they made the process easy, informative, professional, and personal."

    Grateful Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Billy was able to diagnose a problem that my regular surgeon was unable to solve after two years of guessing."

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Helmuth Billy, MD
3200 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003