Weight Loss Surgery Options

Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic gastric bypass is essentially the “gold standard” for weight-loss surgery in the United States. Studies show the average weight loss is higher for patients who choose this option vs. one simply using a restrictive device…read more

Gastric Sleeve

The Gastric Sleeve or “Lap Sleeve” which is also known as the “VSG” or Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy is a relatively new procedure. The procedure was originally intended for a two step procedure…read more

Stomach Intestinal Pylorus-Sparing Surgery

Stomach Intestinal Pylorus-Sparing Surgery (SIPS) is also known as the single-anastomosis duodenal switch. SIPS works by reducing the size of your stomach and by having your food bypass part of the digestion process. Weight loss results are excellent due to the...read more


When weight-loss procedures fail, they can result in significant metabolic and physiologic disturbances. They also can cause devastating psychological and emotional consequences…read more

Lap Band®

The laparoscopic adjustable band procedure (or “Lap Band”) is quickly growing in popularity and demand throughout the United States for many reasons, including: relative ease of placement, reversibility, affordability, and the perception that it’s safer…read more

Mini Gastric Bypass

The mini-gastric bypass which was popularized by Dr. Rutledge is not recognized by most insurance companies for payment and is still considered experimental. And the results that he has demonstrated are not reproducible by most surgeons…read more

Realize Band®

The Realize Band has just not been around in the United States long enough to openly endorse it. In reality, the Realize Band is the original Swedish Band. European data suggests that the original Swedish Band system…read more

Single Incision Surgery

The Lap band and the sleeve gastrectomy can now potentially be done through a single incision. The ability to do so uses cutting edge technology with falls under the heading of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)…read more

Stomaphyx Revision

The Stomaphyx is a revision procedure for individuals who have a had a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and then regain their weight …read more

Duodenal Switch

The duodenal switch, also known as pancreatico-duodenal diversion, is a weight-loss surgery procedure which provides perhaps the greatest results in regards to overall weight loss…read more

About your Weight Loss Surgeon

Dr. Nilesh A. Patel, MD of Texas Bariatric Specialists is a fellowship-trained, minimally invasive surgeon. Why does it matter what type of surgeon performs your minimally invasive procedure?

For many years surgeons and patients alike felt that minimally invasive surgery could be learned and successfully practiced without specialized training programs. However, that perception has changed due to rapid advancements in both technology and medical knowledge. Modern medicine now demands that minimally invasive surgery be taught and practiced as a sub-specialty and today it's one of the fastest-growing sub-specialties in the United States.

Medical studies reveal that surgeons who are formally trained in minimally invasive surgery have better post-operative outcomes than those who are not. Clearly the patient reaps many benefits by choosing a doctor well-trained in these new surgical techniques.

Consider making these inquiries:

  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery is a recognized subspecialty. Can the surgeon provide you with proof of training?
  • Is the surgeon trained in advanced techniques so he has few or no limitations for performing minimally invasive surgery? Make sure you seek a second opinion if you’re turned down.
  • Does the surgeon have a high rate of completing the operation laparoscopically?
  • Does the surgeon’s hospital provide highly advanced surgical equipment? Minimally invasive surgery requires it.
  • Has the surgeon performed a significant number of operations using a variety of the latest procedures? If not, his lack of expertise and experience could seriously harm your post-surgery health.

Dr. Patel has all the right answers to all the right questions about minimally invasive surgery. That means Texas Bariatric Specialists is a practice you can trust when you want the latest and safest minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Our services include:

  • Weight Loss Surgery procedures
  • Anti-reflux procedures (Nissen, Collis, Toupet fundoplication)
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Colon resection
  • Spleen removal
  • Incisional hernia repair
  • Inguinal (groin) hernia repair
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Biopsies
  • Polyp removal

We provide services to San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Killeen, Del Rio, and New Braunfels.

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