Your Weight Loss Journey Begins Now
Obesity is rapidly becoming America’s leading health problem. Of the 97 million Americans who are overweight, 10 million are considered morbidly obese. This growing number represents more than 25 percent of American adults and 14 percent of American children. Every day, more than a thousand Americans die from morbid obesity and obesity related medical problems. Memorial Hermann Southwest offers a program comprised of a team of experienced, board-certified surgeons, specially trained nurses, patient care associates, physical therapists, and behavioral health specialists whose goal is to empower change.
Preparing for Surgery
Preparations for bariatric surgery begin long before the actual procedure. The first step for prospective patients is a free information session providing an overview of the process. Prospective patients then schedule an appointment to meet with the bariatric surgeon to discuss the results of a series of preliminary tests that include psychological and nutritional evaluations, as well as medical diagnostic studies.
If the first round of tests indicates other conditions, the surgeon may order additional tests to obtain the most comprehensive medical information possible. This very thorough process will help determine which bariatric surgery is the right option, identifying potential health problems and reducing the risk of complications.
Candidacy for Surgery
To qualify for bariatric surgery, patients should:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a BMI between 35 and 40 with an obesity related medical problem
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- Be able to show a serious past attempt to lose weight, through exercise or a managed diet or through a medically supervised weight loss program
- Have no significant physical, medical, emotional or psychological problems that would dramatically increase the risk of surgery
- Be well educated about the procedures and capable of participating in treatment and long-term follow-up
Laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique, is used for the majority of surgical weight loss procedures. Before recommending a specific procedure, an affiliated bariatric surgeon will give you a thorough individual assessment.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is designed to reduce the size of the stomach and to bypass part of the small intestine, achieving weight loss through a combination of restriction and malabsorption. This procedure has been helping people lose weight for nearly 50 years.
During the procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch, then attaches a section of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients.
Gastric sleeve is a surgical weight loss procedure in which a portion of the stomach is surgically removed to reduce it to about 25 percent of its original size. The remaining stomach looks like a banana-shaped sleeve or tube. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Gastric banding is a restrictive surgical procedure- it is designed to restrict and reduce your food intake without interfering with the body’s normal digestive process. During this procedure, the surgeon will implant a silicone band with an injection port. The silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and molds the stomach into two connected chambers. The injection port is attached to the abdominal muscles, underneath the skin. The port is connected to the band with soft, thin tubing. The port also allows the band to be tightened or loosened to achieve just the right amount of restriction that will allow you to lose weight while continuing to take in the nutrients your body needs.
Be Fit & Weigh Less
For more information about the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest or to register for a free educational seminar, call 713.456.6014 or fill out the form below: