Surgical weight loss

Almost 10 percent of adult men and women are severely obese (100-plus pounds overweight). Major weight loss for these people is important for good health.

For severely obese people, modest weight loss—five to 10 percent—often does not help enough with disease management. Surgical weight loss can dramatically improve and control diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint pain.

Weight loss occurs as surgery helps limit food intake and absorption and allows for the maintenance of long-term health and weight loss goals.

Weight loss surgery options

The Conroe Comprehensive Weight Loss Center at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe offers bariatric surgery for medical weight loss. All bariatric surgeries performed at The Conroe Comprehensive Weight Loss Center are minimally invasive, which allows for smaller incisions and greater precision for the surgeon that may improve healing times.

Whether it’s a removable band or a permanent procedure, our bariatric surgeons will help you choose the best option. These include:

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery

By rerouting a portion of the intestine, the surgeon is able to create a small stomach pouch that empties directly into the lower portion of the intestine, preventing calories from being absorbed.

Roux-en-Y is considered the gold standard of weight-loss surgery. After surgery, many weight-related conditions (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol) show rapid improvement.

Sleeve gastrectomy surgery

The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is slightly larger than the pouch created during gastric bypass. This surgery is completed with a small incision and permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent.

Lap band surgery

An adjustable gastric band creates a smaller stomach pouch, which slows digestion and allows the patient to feel full sooner and longer. The surgery is performed through a small incision. The band’s restriction can be adjusted by inflating or deflating, depending on the patient. Lap bands are removable.

For more information about our weight loss surgery options, please call our bariatric program manager at (936) 539-7665.

Our weight loss surgery program

From the moment you make a commitment to proceed with this life-changing surgery, our expert staff will assist you with every step of the process. We will guide you through fulfilling initial insurance and medical requirements, and we will continue to provide hands-on, compassionate care through surgery, as well as long-term follow-up treatment.

To be a candidate for our program, a patient must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have the ability to understand the risks of surgery and changes that will need to be made afterward
  • No alcohol abuse or drug use
  • Weigh 100 pounds or more over the ideal body weight for your height, or
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea

It is important and beneficial for bariatric surgery candidates to properly prepare for surgery. Here is a general overview of the required steps before surgery:

  • Consult with bariatric surgeon who will refer you and set up appointments for a dietician and psychologist
  • If weight loss documentation is required, you would meet with a dietician or physician for three to six months and follow a diet and exercise program provided to you (four months of supervised diet for Medicare patients; six months for Medicaid patients; varies for private insurance)
  • Dietary evaluation (one-time visit explaining your diet after surgery)
  • Psychological clearance
  • Medical clearance (The bariatric surgeon will give you orders to give to your family doctor)
  • Depending on your medical history, you may need clearance from a cardiologist and/or pulmonologist
  • Check for any stomach or anatomical abnormalities
  • When clearances are completed, your paperwork will be submitted for approval
  • Surgery can be scheduled after approval

If you have questions or would like more information about weight loss surgery, we invite you to call our bariatric program manager at (936) 539-7665.