Considering Weight Loss Surgery? Here’s the 101

Diet and exercise alone aren’t always enough to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off long term. When other methods fail, weight loss surgery offers an effective solution to lose weight and control weight-related chronic conditions.

Patients recommended for weight loss surgery typically have substantial excess weight that threatens their health. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, gaining knowledge about the benefits can help empower you in your decision.

The team at Rockwall Surgical Specialists offers the latest advances in bariatric surgery and are ready to support and guide you through the decision-making process. Our surgeons have years of experience helping patients lose weight rapidly and safely.

Health risks of obesity

Carrying excess weight places a strain on nearly every system of the body and increases your risk high blood pressure, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, heart attack, stroke, and even some cancers. You may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a BMI of 40 or more, or if you have a BMI of 30 or above with two or more weight-related risk factors.

Our surgeons can discuss your options, determine whether you’re an appropriate candidate for weight loss surgery, and help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.

Restrictive weight loss surgery

Restrictive procedures such as gastric sleeve surgery modify your digestive system to limit the amount food your stomach can hold. This type of surgery is highly effective. Because the pouch that holds food becomes smaller, patients feel full faster with smaller portions of food. This leads to rapid weight loss.

A sleeve gastrectomy removes a majority of your stomach from your body. The remaining part of your stomach is formed into a tube — a much smaller pouch that cannot hold as much food, thereby suppressing your desire to overeat.

The surgeons at Rockwall Surgical Specialists perform this weight loss surgery using laparoscopy — small cuts in the belly — which means less discomfort following the procedure and faster recovery. Gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible.

Comprehensive medical weight loss

The team at Rockwall Surgical Associates provides guidance for every step of your weight loss journey. We offer a comprehensive weight loss program to help you achieve your weight goals.

In addition to gastric sleeve surgery, patients can take advantage of individualized, long-term support from our team. Our dietitian provides nutritional advice, counseling, and education to guide you on the path to successfully losing the weight and keeping it off. We can help you live healthier, stay inspired, and meet your overall wellness goals.

Is weight loss surgery right for you?

The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is an important and often difficult one. Our experienced and innovative surgical team provides patients with guidance regarding available options and helps them decide on the best plan of action.

Patients interested in learning more about weight loss surgery at Rockwall Surgical Specialists are encouraged to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons by calling the office nearest you. We offer convenient locations in Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, and Forney, Texas. You can also book your request through our online tool.

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