Austin Bariatric Surgery Experts

Discover how Texas Bariatric Specialists can help you lose weight

You may be asking yourself what is bariatric surgery? Simply put, bariatric surgery is weight loss treatment through surgery. In bariatric surgery, the amount of food consumption is altered through restriction of food and nutrient intake. In one of our Austin locations, your bariatric surgeon will help you choose which option is right for you: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, SIPS or lap band surgery. Scheduling a consultation can help address your questions and goals concerning weight loss surgery.


Types of Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

One type of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, works by physically altering the stomach’s capacity through the creation of a pouch and intestinal bypass.  A small pouch is created towards the top of the stomach and then the small intestine is altered to form a “Y” shape where one end of the “Y” is connected to the pouch and the other remains connected to the stomach. This bariatric surgery affects both food consumption and nutrient intake because the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine is bypassed also.  This surgery may chemically suppress your hunger.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Another common type of bariatric surgery is sleeve gastrectomy. In this procedure, approximately 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or “sleeve” which is roughly the size and shape of a banana.  The portion of the stomach that is removed is one of the key areas that produce the hormone ghrelin, which increases appetite. Therefore after having that portion of the stomach removed, small amounts of food can provide satisfaction.

Stomach Intestinal Pylorus-Sparing Surgery (SIPS)

SIPS involves creating a sleeve, which limits your food intake, and by also bypassing half of the small intestine.  SIPS is able to combine many benefits of both the gastric bypass and the sleeve. It often delivers more weight loss and higher resolution rates of comorbidities, such as diabetes.

Lap Band Surgery

Another type of bariatric surgery is lap band surgery. In this type of procedure a restrictive silicone band is placed around the stomach and tightened.  The outlet from the smaller portion is restricted by the band and slows the emptying of the food, helping to create the feeling of fullness.  Nutrient absorption is less affected by this surgery because the digestive tract is minimally altered.


Types of Surgery

When you visit one of our offices in Austin, you’ll be informed of the weight loss surgery options available to you. During your initial consultation our bariatric surgery experts will help you decide which weight loss surgery is best for your situation.  It all depends on a variety of factors: your weight loss goal, current health conditions, lifestyle, risk factors, and BMI. Texas Bariatric Specialists practice a “no exclusion” policy, meaning we have no pre-set or set-in-stone provisions which automatically opt you out of weight loss surgery. We’re going to discuss all the options with you.

The best way to get started in your information quest is to schedule a consultation with a bariatric surgeon in Austin.

We’re located at 9701 Brodie Lane, Suite 206 in Austin, TX 78748 in the South Austin area and at 9828 Great Hills Trail, Suite 450 in Austin, TX 78759 in the North Austin area. Schedule a consultation now!

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