Weight Loss Surgery Austin Texas
Learn what your weight loss surgery options are by visiting the Texas Bariatric Specialists Austin office.
Typically when patients schedule their initial consultative appointment they have done some research about weight loss surgery. They have discovered there are various options to surgical weight loss; however, three very successful surgery options, lap band, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy surgery are mentioned frequently. Determining which weight loss surgery is best for your specific situation will be decided based upon several factors: your desired amount of weight loss, your health, you, and your weight loss surgeon.
Lap Band Surgery
The lap band procedure is fairly straight forward. Your bariatric surgeon places a constrictive ring around your stomach. This silicone ring is inflated and deflated depending on your situation and desired level of weight loss. An adjustable port is left below the skin for these adjustments. This weight loss surgery is performed laparoscopically, utilizing small incisions, and recovery time is fairly quick. Weight loss is achieved by restricting the amount of food entering the digestive tract. Our Austin weight loss surgeons have performed over a thousand weight loss surgeries and can discuss the benefits and risks with you at the time of you first appointment or in a free seminar.
Gastric bypass is seen as a more “permanent” surgery and is not easily reversible. The most well known version of this procedure is called a Roux-en-Y. During your weight loss surgery your physician creates a small pouch from your stomach. Then a bypass is created connecting the pouch to the small intestine. This procedure is also performed laparoscopically in most cases. The size of the pouch allows you to eat one to two ounces of food before feeling full. Food and nutrient absorption is diminished and you lose weight more quickly. This historically has been one of the more common procedures for weight loss surgery in Austin and around the U.S.
In this surgery a “sleeve” is created by removing about 70 to 80 percent of the stomach. This is done laparoscopically. The stomach that is left resembles a banana, thus giving the surgery the “sleeve” name. The area of the stomach that is taken out is one of the areas responsible for ghrelin production. Ghrelin is a hormone that stimulates hunger. The resulting affect is small amounts of food can give you a full feeling, thus you consume less food.
Deciding which weight loss surgery is best for you.
The best way to discover whether you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, or even if surgery is a good option for you is to attend an Austin area weight loss surgery seminar or schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons. There are two ways to attend a free seminar: