HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood is proud to offer a variety of weight loss surgery options to our community. At our hospital, our bariatric surgery team will help you decide which weight loss surgery option is best for your lifestyle and will help you to meet your goals. Our full-time bariatric program manager can give you more information on any of the procedures we perform, including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.
If you have questions or would like more information about bariatrics surgery, we invite you to call our bariatric program manager at (281) 348-8961.
Weight Loss Surgery Procedures at HCA Houston Kingwood
Undergoing bariatric surgery can improve your life in many ways, from your health to your emotional well-being. Benefits of weight-loss surgery include:
- Elimination or reduction of complications from health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and sleep apnea
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Less joint pain
- Increased fertility during childbearing years
- Relief from depression due to improved body image
During gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a bariatric surgeon reroutes a portion of the intestine to create a small stomach pouch that empties directly into the lower portion of the intestine, preventing calories from being absorbed. After surgery, many weight-related conditions (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol) can show rapid improvement.
When performing a sleeve gastrectomy, also called gastric sleeve, the surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is slightly larger than the pouch created during gastric bypass. This surgery is completed laparoscopically and permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent.
Preparing for bariatric surgery
If you are deemed a candidate for weight-loss surgery, it is important to properly prepare for surgery to get the best results from your procedure. Here is a general overview of the required steps before surgery:
- Consult with a 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; time period 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 the clearances noted above are completed, your paperwork will be submitted for approval. Once approved, your bariatric surgery can be scheduled.