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.
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.