There are several options for weight
loss surgery, but the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the procedure
most frequently performed. Studies show that gastric bypass is the
most effective procedure for long-term weight loss for patients
who are 100 pounds or more overweight. However, if you are 75 or
more pounds overweight with severe medical conditions (i.e., diabetes,
hypertension, heart disease, etc.), you may also be a candidate
for this procedure.
Gastric Bypass, reduces the amount of food
you are able to eat. It is a permanent procedure that changes the
structure of the stomach, helping patients achieve and maintain
their weight loss goal.
When performed using the open approach, an
incision is made in the abdomen extending from just under your diaphragm
to a spot close to your belly button. A stapling device is then
used to create a tiny stomach pouch by partitioning the stomach
near its upper end.
The laparoscopic approach follows
the same guidelines internally, however this surgery is done using
5 small keyhole-sized incisions. A camera is inserted in one of
the incisions, which aids the surgeon for guidance, and several
small instruments are inserted into the other incisions to perform
Typically, patients experience a shorter recovery
and less scarring with laparoscopic surgery than with traditional
open surgery. However, laparoscopic surgery is not appropriate for
every patient and, sometimes, surgeons do not know if they can perform
the procedure laparoscopically until the surgery is underway. Various
medical conditions may make laparoscopic surgery unsafe for certain
patients. We do make every effort to perform gastric bypass surgery
by the least invasive method whenever possible.
||Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
While many patients are ready for gastric bypass
surgery, others prefer to take a different surgical route. Laparoscopic
gastric banding is a minimally invasive procedure for patients who
are 100 pounds or more overweight. Unlike gastric bypass, which
re-structures the stomach, gastric banding is an adjustable and
reversible procedure that tightens the stomach to create a feeling
of fullness. Patients may have the band adjusted as needed.
While the pace of weight loss is slower with
gastric banding than it is with gastric bypass, gastric banding
is an attractive alternative for patients who are serious about
weight loss, but would like more control over their food options.
Many patients have enjoyed weight loss success with gastric banding
and appreciate the freedom of knowing the procedure is reversible.
||Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Bariatric Associates of North Dallas provides
a complete Physician supervised weight loss program for non-surgical
patients, pre-operative individuals, long-term follow-up, and those
who do not meet the criteria for surgery. Our Physician supervised
program provides each patient with:
Expert guidance from an experienced Bariatrician
Comprehensive medical assessment to identify your specific needs
Customized food guidelines and counseling
Personalized selection of supplements and prescription of medicines
Ongoing patient support programs
No matter which program is used to help you
achieve your weight loss goals, you will be supported by a nutritionist,
psychologist and exercise specialist to make sure that your program
is personalized to meet your weight loss needs.
To be successful everyone needs to feel
supported. We provide Support Group Meetings to discuss our successes
and challenges. Patients are provided with online access to our
office and to message forums so that our support group meetings
can continue beyond the confines of a monthly meeting. We are here
to support you when you need support, not just once a month.