Rockwall Surgical Specialists
General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery located in Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, Forney, & Terrell, TX
If diet and exercise alone aren’t working, weight loss surgery can help you lose a significant amount of weight and help you control chronic health conditions associated with obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes. The experienced team of bariatric surgeons at Rockwall Surgical Specialists provide several types of weight loss surgery, while also offering dietary and lifestyle counseling and the ongoing support you need to maintain successful weight loss. To learn if you’re a good candidate for weight loss surgery, book an appointment online or call one of the offices in Rowlett, Rockwall, Greenville, Terrell, and Forney, Texas.
Weight Loss Surgery Q & A
What is weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, includes several types of surgical interventions that use one or both of the following procedures:
Restrictive weight loss surgery limits the amount of food you can consume by reducing the size of your stomach. As a result, you feel full while eating less.
Malabsorptive weight loss surgery bypasses part of your small intestine, which reduces the number of calories absorbed from the food you eat.
Who is a candidate for weight loss surgery?
To be considered for bariatric surgery, you should have a history of unsuccessfully trying to lose weight, or not being able to maintain weight loss. You also have to meet one of the following criteria:
- Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above or more than 100 pounds overweight
- BMI of 35 or above with at least two obesity-related health conditions
What are the different types of weight loss surgery?
The doctors at Rockwall Surgical Specialists perform weight loss surgery using minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. The doctors will recommend either lap band or gastric sleeve surgery depending on your unique situation.
During lap band, or gastric band, surgery, the doctors place an inflatable band around the upper portion of your stomach, leaving a small pouch above the band and the remainder of the stomach below the band. The small pouch limits the amount of food you can eat, while a small opening created by the band lets food pass through your stomach and small intestine. Your surgeon can adjust the size of the opening and remove the lap band.
Gastric sleeve surgery is performed by removing about 80% of your stomach, which significantly reduces the amount of food you can eat. This surgery also changes hormones that help regulate hunger, feeling full, and blood sugar.
What are the benefits of a comprehensive weight loss program?
The team at Rockwall Surgical Specialists doesn’t just perform weight loss surgery and leave you on your own afterward. They understand the challenges you’ll face and offer a weight loss program that provides comprehensive support before and after your surgery, including:
- In-house dietician
- Dietary guidance
- Lifestyle counseling
- Exercise guidance
- Weight loss surgery coordinator
- Long-term follow-up after surgery
To start your weight loss journey, call Rockwall Surgical Specialists or book an appointment online today.