Nonsurgical Treatment Options
Regardless of your weight loss goals, we can help. A non-surgical approach may be the best choice to assist in your weight loss. Consider the following:
- Have you had difficulty successfully losing and maintaining weight loss without weight loss surgery?
- Do you need to lose weight before knee, back or bariatric surgery?
- Do you need help to lose weight or maintain weight loss after bariatric surgery?
- Do you have an insurance requirement to participate in nonsurgical weight loss options before approving coverage of weight loss surgery?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, non-surgical weight loss may the best option for you.
Contact us to discuss non-surgical weight loss at 210-575-0355.
Surgical Treatment Options
Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
It is important to understand that medical interventions, including weight loss surgery, should not be considered a medical cure. Rather, they are attempts to reduce the serious effects of obesity. Our bariatric surgeons can help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you, and which surgical option best meets your unique needs.
The Sleeve Gastrectomy involves the reservoir portion of the stomach being removed, thus forming a narrow “tubular” stomach that fills easily. Removal of the large reservoir section of the stomach also has a beneficial impact on hunger, and the metabolic “rebalancing” leads to long-term reductions in hunger level.
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the United States. It is performed by creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach by stapling. The lower part is not removed but completely stapled shut and divided from the stomach pouch. The outlet from this newly formed pouch empties directly into a portion of the small intestine, thus reducing calorie absorption.
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch is an effective option for patients with severe morbid obesity and BMI’s in excess of 55. It is also effective for diabetic patients. Key features of this operation include a lengthy bypass of the small intestine as well as decreased stomach volume. The amount of calories absorbed from food is significantly reduced and patients are satisfied with smaller meals.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is purely a restrictive bariatric surgery that involves placing a band around the uppermost part of the stomach to create a small stomach pouch. The restriction created by the band on the stomach is adjusted over time via a port that is secured within the abdominal muscle.
Revision operations are performed for failed prior weight loss surgery operations. A revision operation may be considered if a weight loss procedure produces complications that will not resolve or is not producing the desired outcome.