Obesity Specialist

Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

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

More than one-third of adults are obese, which is a significant concern because the risk for severe disease increases along with your body mass index (BMI). The physicians at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas offer one-on-one care, working with you to develop the plan that supports your weight loss goals. You can count on professional guidance about diet and receive medications or opt for bariatric surgery. Call one of their offices in Denton, Frisco, or Flower Mound, Texas, or schedule an appointment online to get the help and support you need.

Obesity Q & A

 

How does obesity affect your health?

Obesity puts an incredible strain on your bones and joints, making them work harder and increasing your risk of osteoarthritis and back pain. Excess body fat produces inflammatory substances and hormones that trigger health conditions such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Colon and prostate cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Stroke

What is the definition of obesity?

The body mass index (BMI) is based on a calculation using your height and weight. It’s commonly used to determine obesity based on these BMI scores:

For adult men and women:

  • BMI between 18.9 and 24.9 is healthy
  • BMI between 25 and 29.9 is overweight
  • BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese

Obesity is further divided into three classes:

  • Class I Obesity: BMI of 30-34.9
  • Class II, Serious Obesity: BMI of 35-39.9
  • Class III, Severe Obesity: BMI of 40 or higher

What type of weight loss management is available?

The team at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas provides compassionate and individualized support that helps you get healthy and successfully reach your weight goals. Patients say that they feel respected and valued and that the physicians take plenty of time to build a trustworthy relationship.

At Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas, you have access to:

  • Personalized support
  • Registered dietitian to help you with diet and lifestyle changes
  • Weight loss medications to reduce hunger, help you feel full, and control cravings
  • Online support portal
  • Gastric balloon (nonsurgical procedure)
  • Bariatric surgery

What types of bariatric surgery are available to treat obesity?

Bariatric surgery makes changes in the stomach or small intestine that lead to significant weight loss. Depending on the type of surgery performed and how well you stick with the recommended diet and exercise plan, bariatric surgery can help you lose 65-80% of your excess body weight.

The types of bariatric surgery offered at Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas include:

Gastric bypass:

Reduces stomach to a small pouch and bypasses some of the small intestine, so you feel full while eating less, and fewer calories are absorbed.

Duodenal switch:

Often recommended for patients with severe obesity, this surgery removes part of the stomach, bypasses the small intestine, and limits digestion by separating food from digestive enzymes.

Sleeve gastrectomy:

Removes a large portion of the stomach, so you eat less and feel full sooner, but leaves the small intestine intact.