Bariatric Surgery Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

Weight Loss Specialists & Bariatric Surgeons located in Denton, TX & Flower Mound, TX

You can achieve remarkable and long-lasting weight loss following bariatric surgery and alleviate chronic health conditions associated with overweight, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas work with each person to determine their weight loss goals and to help them reach those goals with bariatric surgery. Call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online for an individualized assessment.

Bariatric Surgery Q & A

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery promotes weight loss by surgically changing parts of your stomach or small intestine to limit the amount of food you can eat or digest. Such operations work one of two ways:

  • Restrictive: reduces size of stomach to limit amount of food consumed
  • Malabsorptive: bypasses small intestine to limit absorption of food and calories

What are the benefits of bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery can lead to dramatic long-term weight loss. However, success depends on your dedication to following healthy eating habits, getting regular exercise, and watching calories.

Having weight loss surgery also improves health conditions associated with excess weight such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease

Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

To be considered for bariatric surgery you should have a history of trying to lose weight, yet being unable to achieve and sustain healthy weight loss. You must also meet one of these criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above or more than 100 pounds overweight
  • BMI of 35 or more with at least two of the following obesity-related health conditions:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Sleep apnea
    • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Lipid abnormalities
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Heart disease

What are the different types of bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgeries are minimally-invasive procedures, which means you only need a few small incisions. Compared to the traditional open incision, this kind of surgery has fewer side effects and quicker recovery time.

Gastric bypass:

Gastric bypass surgery, or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is the most common type of bariatric surgery. It reduces the stomach to a small pouch then bypasses some of the small intestine, which limits absorption of food and calories, but enzymes still digest food. On average, people lose 70% of their excess body weight in the first 18 months after surgery.

Duodenal switch:

The duodenal switch, or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, is usually reserved for extremely obese individuals with a BMI greater than 50. It utilizes restrictive methods by removing part of the stomach, then decreases absorption by separating the flow of food from enzymes and bile needed to digest food. Duodenal switch often helps obese patients lose 60-85% of excess body weight.

Sleeve gastrectomy:

Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, is a restrictive technique that removes a large portion of your stomach. The surgery also reduces the amount of ghrelin that’s secreted. Ghrelin is a hormone that makes you feel hungry, so sleeve gastrectomy helps lower your appetite.

Want to find out if bariatric surgery is the right weight loss course for you? Call or click today to schedule your first consultation with Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas today!