Bariatric surgery

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery will affect you for the rest of your life, but the bariatric surgeons at HCA Houston Healthcare are here to help you every step of the way. Our multidisciplinary teams of weight loss surgeons, registered dieticians and psychologists are here to provide you the comprehensive care you need, from before and after surgery and beyond.

If traditional weight loss methods haven’t worked for you, then bariatric surgery might be a solution. Qualifications include:

  • 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related problem
  • 18 years or older

Bariatric surgery assessment

Before you can qualify for weight loss surgery, multiple tests will be performed to gather an accurate assessment of your health. The tests we may perform include:

Our weight loss surgery options

Depending on your condition, your bariatric surgeon will help you determine which type of weight loss surgery is best for you. The types of bariatric surgeries that HCA Houston offers include:

  • Adjustable gastric band—an inflatable ring is placed around the top portion of the stomach, creating a tiny pouch that restricts food consumption. This restriction allows you to feels full faster.
  • Biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) with duodenal switch—a surgeon removes part of the stomach and reroutes food away from the upper part of the small intestine to change the way foods are broken down.
  • Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy—a large portion of the stomach is removed right after the major curve. The open edges are stapled together to form a banana-shaped tube, which reduces the size of the stomach by about 25 percent.
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) —a small pouch is created in the stomach with staples to restrict the amount of food the patient can consume to about one ounce. A Roux-en-Y procedure can lead to significant metabolic changes that eliminate diabetes in 85 percent of patients.
  • Revision bariatric surgery—for those who have experienced unsatisfactory weight loss results, revision bariatric surgery is an option. The type of revision surgery varies based upon which bariatric surgery you initially received. Revision surgery can be performed for multiple reasons, such as to improve or repair a past bariatric surgery or to change the type of bariatric surgery performed. For example, some patients who receive revision bariatric surgery switch from a gastric bypass to a gastric sleeve.
Learn about our Bariatric Surgery Center's of Excellence