Dr. Laura Machado, MD

Bariatric SurgeryFemaleAge 52

Dr. Machado
Accepting new patients

Sacramento Bariatric Medical Associates

5769 Greenback Ln Ste 1 Sacramento, CA 95841

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(916) 338-7200

Dr. Laura Machado, MD is a Bariatric Surgery Specialist in Sacramento, CA and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine medical school in 1995. She is affiliated with Mercy San Juan Medical Center. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Machado to book an appointment.

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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Machado's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Machado performs Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair more than 58% of her peers

Dr. Machado performs this procedure more than 58% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Machado performs Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic more than 46% of her peers

Dr. Machado performs this procedure more than 46% of her peers

Dr. Machado's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Diabetes
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Duodenal Polypectomy
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Revision Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

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Dr. Machado accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Basic Exclusive PPO for Small Business
Basic PPO
Enhanced Exclusive for Small Business HMO
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Premera Blue Cross
Heritage Signature
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

Dr. Machado's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Machado

3.4

Based on 23 ratings

5 Stars
52.17391304347826%
(12)
4 Stars
4.3478260869565215%
(1)
3 Stars
4.3478260869565215%
(1)
2 Stars
13.043478260869565%
(3)
1 Star
26.08695652173913%
(6)
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What went well
  • Office environment (17)
  • Trusted the provider's decisions (16)
  • Appointment scheduling (15)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (6)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (6)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (6)
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I am so thankful that I went with Dr. Machado as my surgeon. She has been there for me the entire journey I have taken. Three years after my surgery and she is still there for me as she is all of her patients. The aftercare she gives with her program is a lifelong program not just a few months after. She is as invested in your success as you will be. I see others have said she is rude but that is a personal opinion on their part. She wont sugar coat things and watch you fail, she is going to be honest with you and tell you how it is and stand there supporting you in your success. I will take her and her style over other surgeons who don't give the level of care or have the interest in the quality of the product we use. She gave me a chance at a life I have counted out and my primary physician told me I wouldn't have.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Andrea Williams – Dec 08, 2020
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Do NOT go to this Doctor!!!! She is cold and heartless and shouldn’t be in practice!!!! She does not care about her patients, only that paycheck! Despicable! Here is just one reason why to avoid her: Patient Email to her exactly as sent removing only the insurance company name: Subject: Revision surgery Message Body: Hello I have had lapband since 2009 and have failed to keep weight off. I have gained all weight back plus about 20 lbs because I have not had a bariatric doctor since 2017. Now that I have (new insurance) Id like to try to get myself back on the right track, and would like to do a revision to get rid of the lapband. Thank you. HER REPLY exactly as sent: Out of pocket costs $500 transfer fee for consult This takes two separate procedures and out of pocket revision fee due at time of band removal. If she’s not up for it don’t waste my time Laura Machado MD Sent from my iPhone Don’t use this “doctor”! She clearly forgot that medicine is about caring
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Amber – Dec 02, 2020
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Dr Machado is the absolute best in her field! After a prior surgeon left me suffering with a stomach stricture for almost 3 years after a gastric sleeve surgery, Dr Machado treated me with care, concern, dignity and respect! She listened to my cry over the stricture preventing me from eating and caused so much weight loss I was half the person I was before surgery. She promised to help me and she revised me to a gastric bypass and removed the stomach stricture! Today is the best I have ever felt! Dr Machado has the best bed side manner of any surgeon I have ever gone to. She is strict but only IF you do not do as you are supposed to so you can remain active and healthy!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Brandee Leonhardt – Aug 26, 2019
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Wonderful doctor and helpful staff. One thing people may not know is Sacramento Bariatric Medical Associates also offers CoolSculpting.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
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Johnny in Sacramento, CA – Mar 09, 2019
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Dr. Machado is amazing and has changed my life forever. Her straight up straight talk approach makes your medical decisions easy to make
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Stephen in Citrus Heights, CA – Aug 13, 2018
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She is nicest and most charming doctor you will find. She always takes her time with and you never feel like she is trying to rush you out. After my wife’s surgery everyone that we bumped into at the hospital could not say enough things about her and either can we.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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Jun 02, 2018
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Charges an additional $3,200 “program fee” for a sleeve and $4,200 for a bi-pass that is not covered by any insurance. Staff is extremely rude and difficult and no matter what’s going on you will never get a call back from the doctor. They seemed so nice at the seminar and initial visit but I have seen them be nasty to so many patients while waiting in the waiting room. Find another doctor!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
14 people found this helpful
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Jan 22, 2018
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Never have I ever spoke to such a rude doctor. I'm very blessed that she was not my surgeon!!! She has and unprofessional attitude and treats patients with no respect.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
No results
10 people found this helpful
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Sacramento, CA – Nov 05, 2017
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Awsome doctor! The best! I had been preauthorized with 3 other providers and kept cancelling because I was not confident in the providers or their staff. Dr. Machado was thorough and did a complete exam on me. Her follow through and bedside manner are great. Her staff is awesome too! I would recommend her in a heart beat!
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Denise in Valley Springs, CA – Mar 24, 2016
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My husband received a lap band with Dr. Machado and had lost over 50 lbs so far. She is so down to earth and made us feel comfortable right away. She and her team are fabulous, we are very lucky to have found her! She is easy to get ahold of, and the wait times at the office are minimal. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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What could be improved
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Biography

Dr. Laura Machado, MD is a Bariatric Surgery Specialist in Sacramento, CA and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2003
Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
2000
University Of California Davis Medical Center
Residency Hospital
1996
University Of California
Internship Hospital
1995
University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine
Medical School
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What are Dr. Laura Machado, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Machado frequently treats Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair, Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic, and Abdominal Pain. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Machado treats.

Where is Dr. Laura Machado, MD's office located?

Dr. Machado's office is located at 5769 Greenback Ln Ste 1, Sacramento, CA 95841. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Sacramento Bariatric Medical Associates

Sacramento5769 Greenback Ln Ste 1 Sacramento, CA 95841
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Carmichael, CA

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received