Northwest Houston bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery may help you lose weight and allow you to live a healthier lifestyle, possibly adding years to your life. Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures.
Our weight loss options
The bariatric weight loss program at HCA Houston Healthcare Cypress Fairbanks offers surgical options for those struggling to lose weight. We specialize in:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
- Adjustable gastric band
- Gastric sleeve
- Revision bariatric surgery
We also provide resources and support to help you take control of your weight and regain your health. Our bariatric surgery procedures are reserved for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight or whose BMI is:
- Greater than 40
- 35 to 39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition like heart disease or diabetes
- 35 to 39.9 who are experiencing physical limitations that affect their job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues
If you’d like to learn more about HCA Houston Cypress Fairbanks’ weight loss surgery program, please call us at (281) 897-3254 or (877) 274-0339 for more information.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
With Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch using tiny incisions and laparoscopic technology. This pouch is then connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing what’s left of the stomach and some areas of the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed.
The rest of the stomach remains intact, but is no longer involved in the digestive process. You’ll feel full faster, eat less and absorb fewer calories from the food you eat.
Some of the benefits of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass benefits can include:
- Long-term weight loss
- Improved stamina and mobility
- Enhanced mood and self-esteem
- Reduced risk of death from heart disease
- Improvement in many obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and glucose intolerance.
It’s important to commit to significant lifestyle changes before you decide to have gastric bypass surgery because the procedure is permanent and non-reversible.
Adjustable gastric band
The adjustable gastric band procedure involves placing an inflatable ring around the top portion of the stomach, creating a small pouch that restricts food consumption, allowing you to feel full faster. As the name suggests, the band is adjustable, allowing you to gradually taper your level of food intake over time. The size of the stomach opening is adjusted by filling the band with a sterile saline solution, which is injected through a port placed under the skin.
Unlike some other weight loss surgeries, there are no changes in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, so patients do not need to take supplements to get the recommended levels of nutrients. This means that weight loss with this method may start slower, however, patients can still experience loss of 40 to 50 percent of excess weight with an adjustable gastric band.
Sleeve gastrectomy, the gastric sleeve procedure removes about 80 percent of the stomach, reducing it to a thin vertical sleeve. Similar to gastric bypass and gastric band surgeries, this weight-loss surgery helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food you can eat and helping you feel full faster.
The surgery also affects the levels of hormones that impact hunger, your feelings of fullness and blood sugar control. When combined with permanent commitments to healthy eating and regular exercise, a gastric sleeve can help overweight or obese individuals shed pounds and improve their overall health.
Revision bariatric surgery
Revision bariatric surgery is designed to give you the second chance you need to lose weight and live a healthier life. Some patients may experience disappointing weight loss results or see a significant weight regain over time. In these cases, revision weight loss may be required.
For example, some gastric bypass patients may experience an enlargement of the stomach pouch, which can make the surgery less effective. In these cases, doctors may inject a sclerosant, a medicine that inflames the stomach pouch, or they may insert a StomaphyX device that folds the stomach pouch tissue. Both of these incisionless procedures reduce the volume of the stomach pouch back to the proper size.
Revision bariatric surgery is also an option for patients who have a gastric band and are considering removing it or revising their surgery to a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.
If you’d like more financial information, please contact our financial counselor at (281) 897-3337 to learn more about our pricing and services.