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. Your Austin bariatric surgeon will help you choose primarily among three bariatric surgery procedures: gastric bypass, lap band surgery, and sleeve gastrectomy. Free bariatric surgery seminars are available in the Austin Area to address your weight loss goals.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
The first 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 also chemically suppress your hunger.
Lap Band Surgery
The second 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.
The third type of bariatric surgery is sleeve gastrectomy. In this procedure, approximately 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed laparoscopically so that the stomach takes the shape of a tube or “sleeve” which is roughly the size and shape of a banana. The stomach that is removed is one of the key areas that produces the hormone ghrelin, which controls appetite, therefore small amounts of food can provide satisfaction.
When you visit our bariatric surgery Austin office you’ll be informed of all 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: weight loss goal, current health conditions, 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 speak with an Austin bariatric surgery physician. We’ve setup Free Seminars for you to attend. You’ll have the opportunity to speak with bariatric surgeons, nutritionists and learn more about the Texas Bariatric Specialists comprehensive support program. There are two main ways you can register:
We’re located at 9701 Brodie Lane, Suite 206 in Austin, TX 78748 in the South Austin area and at 12007 Technology Blvd, Suite 210 in Austin, TX 78727 in the North Austin area. Call now at. Please register at least three days in advance to attend one of our free bariatric surgery seminars if you’re in Austin, seats tend to fill up quickly.