Bariatric surgery, also known as gastric bypass surgery and weight loss surgery, is a treatment method conducted to reverse obesity and its associated health effects. It is a treatment option for patients with severe obesity, not for patients who may simply be overweight. A person is considered severely obese (and therefore may be a candidate for bariatric surgery) when their Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 40. Some individuals may qualify if their BMI is greater than 35 but they have another underlying health condition.
Obesity is dangerous because it can increase risk for a number of serious diseases, including the following:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Reproduction problems
- Respiratory diseases
- Musculoskeletal diseases
- Memory and cognitive problems
- And more
Our bariatric surgeon, Dr. Viet Phuong, performs these weight loss procedures to help people who may be severely obese and are therefore at risk for serious, life-threatening diseases. When the obesity risk factor is eliminated, the person will be much less likely to suffer from one of the above health problems. And no matter which type of surgery is taking place – whether it’s an invasive, inpatient procedure or an outpatient, minimally invasive surgery, Hunt Regional bariatric surgeons perform the procedures with the utmost care. They work side-by-side with our anesthesiologists who have specialized training in the latest techniques for ambulatory and minor surgery, pediatric anesthesia, and post-operative pain management.
The types of bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Phuong at our Greenville, TX hospital include the following:
This is a very common bariatric surgery option. Gastric bypass surgery is a method of treatment in which the stomach is divided into two parts: an upper and lower part. Essentially, the stomach is made to be smaller so that the person feels fuller while eating less food. This is a common weight loss surgery because many surgeons agree that it often has fewer complications than other bariatrics surgeries.
Gastric sleeve/sleeve gastrectomy
Many surgeons will recommend a gastric sleeve procedure before recommending gastric bypass surgery. This procedure uses several small incisions to remove about three-quarters of the stomach, then create a new stomach in the shape of a tube or “sleeve”, which is why it’s called gastric sleeve.
Also called gastric band fills, this weight loss surgery uses a flexible, silicon band around the upper part of the stomach. The band contains a balloon that is connected by a tube, which is connected to a port right underneath the skin. The bariatric surgeon can insert saline into the port, which causes the balloon to blow up. This enables the band to be adjustable by the surgeon and helps control hunger and food portions.
LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Conversion
This procedure is also called band to bypass conversion and is considered a revisional bariatric surgery because is removes the gastric band and instead reverts the treatment to a gastric sleeve. It is conducted when a patient does not have ideal results from the LAP-BAND fills, and instead is resorting to the gastric sleeve procedure as a second option.
Obesity is dangerous – it can cause all sorts of major health problems that negatively affect everyday life. It can even lead to death. To help with weight loss, bariatric surgery is an option for those who cannot get their weight under control on their own and who meet the eligibility criteria. Learn more about the other types of surgeries performed at Hunt Regional Medical Center today, or contact us with any questions you may have about your upcoming weight loss surgery.
Hunt Regional Medical Partners Surgical Associates is now offering cash pricing.
Gastric Sleeve - $10,500
Gastric Bypass - $13,000
Find out more about how it works as well as the convenient financing available at one of our free informational weight-loss seminars. For a seminar schedule, simply call 903.408.5770 today.
Hunt Regional Medical Partners Surgical Associates
4211 Joe Ramsey Blvd. Suite 100
Greenville, TX 75401