Am I a Candidate?
Weight loss surgery is an option for individuals who:
- Are 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
- Are at least 18 years old
- Able to understand the risks of surgery and changes that will need to be made afterward
- Do not abuse alcohol or use drugs
Weight Loss Surgery Procedures
Bariatric surgeons at Tomball Regional will help you choose the best option, whether it’s a removable band or a permanent procedure. All bariatric surgeries performed at Tomball Regional are minimally invasive which allows for smaller incisions, greater precision for the surgeon that may improve healing times.
Please call 281-401-6457 for more information on any of the weight-loss surgeries we perform, including:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery | By rerouting a portion of the intestine, the surgeon is able to create a small stomach pouch that empties directly into the lower portion of the intestine, preventing calories from being absorbed. Roux-en-Y is considered the gold standard of weight-loss surgery. After surgery, many weight-related conditions (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol) show rapid improvement.
- Sleeve gastrectomy surgery | The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is slightly larger than the pouch created during gastric bypass. This surgery is completed with a small incision and permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent.
- Lap band surgery | An adjustable gastric band creates a smaller stomach pouch, which slows digestion and allows the patient to feel full sooner and longer. The surgery is performed through a small incision. The band’s restriction can be adjusted by inflating or deflating, depending on the patient. Lap bands are removable.
Steps for Bariatric Surgery
It is important and beneficial for bariatric surgery candidates to properly prepare for surgery. Here is a general overview of the required steps before surgery:
- Consult with bariatric surgeon who will refer you and set up appointments for a dietician and psychologist
- If weight loss documentation is required, you would meet with a dietician or physician for 3 to 6 months and follow a diet and exercise program provided to you (4 months of supervised diet for Medicare patients; 6 months for Medicaid patients; varies for private insurance)
- Dietary evaluation (one-time visit explaining your diet after surgery)
- Psychological clearance
- Medical clearance (The bariatric surgeon will give you orders to give to your family doctor)
- Depending on you medical history, you may need clearance from a cardiologist and/or pulmonologist
- Check for any stomach or anatomical abnormalities
- When clearances are completed, your paperwork will be submitted for approval
- Surgery can be scheduled after approval
If you have questions or would like more information about bariatrics surgery, we invite you to call (281) 401-6457.