Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery in Austin
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure designed to help people who are struggling with obesity lose weight. The surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach, restricting the amount of food that can be consumed, and altering the digestive process.
Types of Bariatric Surgery There are several types of bariatric surgery, including:
- Gastric bypass surgery: In this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created, and the small intestine is rerouted to bypass a portion of the digestive tract. This results in less food intake and decreased calorie absorption.
- Sleeve gastrectomy: This procedure involves removing a portion of the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch, and reducing the amount of food that can be consumed.
- Adjustable gastric banding removal: This procedure involves removing the gastric band from the stomach, often with a revision to either gastric sleeve or gastric bypass in the same procedure.
- Duodenal switch surgery: This procedure involves both restriction and malabsorption to achieve weight loss. It involves creating a gastric sleeve and reconnecting the small intestine to reduce the absorption of calories and nutrients.
- Bariatric revision surgery: These types of procedures are for patients who have already undergone bariatric surgery in the past, such as gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric banding, and need more surgery to correct problems they may be having years later.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery offers several benefits to patients struggling with obesity, including:
- Significant weight loss: Bariatric surgery can result in significant weight loss, leading to improved health outcomes.
- Improved health: Weight loss surgery can improve or even resolve many obesity-related health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.
- Improved quality of life: Patients often report improved quality of life, including increased energy, improved mobility, and a better overall sense of well-being.
Bariatric surgery can be a safe and effective way for people with obesity to lose weight, improve their health, and live better lives. Learn more about “The Many Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery“.
Am I a Candidate for Bariatric (Weight Loss Surgery)?
Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a complex decision that should be made on a case-by-case basis. Healthcare professionals at Capital Surgeons Group consider many factors, including BMI, weight loss attempts, obesity-related health issues, psychological well-being, commitment to lifestyle changes, understanding of the procedure, age, social support, overall health, expectations, smoking status, and consultation with a bariatric team.
It is important to remember that weight loss surgery is a significant step with both potential benefits and risks. Careful consideration and professional guidance are essential in making this decision.
Review the key points that make a person a good candidate for weight loss surgery and see if you qualify.
What to do to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery
Preparing for weight loss surgery is a major undertaking that requires careful planning and commitment. It involves more than just scheduling a surgery date; it’s about making essential lifestyle changes to ensure a successful and safe procedure.
By taking the time to prepare for weight loss surgery, patients can increase their chances of a positive outcome. This includes understanding the different types of surgery available, the risks and benefits of each, and the necessary lifestyle changes that need to be made before and after surgery. Learn more on “What to do to Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery.”
What to Expect Before, During, and After Bariatric Surgery
Before the surgery, patients will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine if they are a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. Patients will also need to make certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, improving their diet, and increasing physical activity. Our dietician will provide valuable and easy to understand education about life after bariatric surgery, as well as preoperative diet and postoperative diet progression.
During the surgery, patients will receive general anesthesia, and the surgeon will perform the procedure through small incisions in the abdomen.
After the surgery, patients will need to follow a steady diet and exercise plan to achieve the best possible results. It is also important to attend follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor progress and ensure proper healing.
Patients for Life
Because long-term follow-up care is critical for the long-term success of weight loss surgery patients, Southwest Bariatrics Surgeons considers all patients to be “patients for life.” We are committed to serving patients locally and over the long term to address issues that arise after surgery and monitor your health in the coming years. You will see your surgeon before surgery, and your surgeon will personally monitor your health after surgery.