Gastric Bypass Surgery
Long considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery, the gastric bypass offers the greatest excess weight loss and obesity related disease resolution potential of any of the procedures we offer. The bypass works by both limiting the amount of food the patient can eat (restriction) and limiting the number of calories absorbed through the small intestine (malabsorption). It can be particularly useful for those suffering from uncontrolled type-2 diabetes or acid reflux. Learn more about the procedure.
As one of the newer standalone stapled weight loss procedures, the gastric sleeve has quickly become the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. It is a straightforward procedure that removes 70-80% of the existing stomach pouch in a vertical manner, using restriction alone to achieve long-term results similar to the gastric bypass. The gastric sleeve does not alter the small intestine in any way. Learn more about the procedure.
As is possible with any surgical procedure, bariatric surgery does not always turn out as planned. While complication and mortality rates have steadily decreased over the years, on average, it is important to remember that these procedures are complex and serious, and for one reason or another, may fail at some point in the future. Learn more about the procedure.
Single Anastomosis Duodeno-Ileal (SADI)
- Reduces the risk of diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies often associated with the duodenal switch
- Gives patients greater weight loss when compared with standard gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, which is great for those with a BMI above 50.
- The SADI-S Procedure can be performed on patients who have had sleeve gastrectomy but experienced insufficient weight loss or a relapse.
- Reduces the long-term risk of intestinal obstruction when compared with duodenal switch and gastric bypass.
- It is great for people with poorly controlled Type-2 Diabetes as it offers a more powerful metabolic effect when compared with a standard gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
- Unlike gastric bypass surgery, patients experience a reduced likelihood of issues such as unstable blood sugar fluctuations, dumping syndrome, marginal ulcers, food restrictions and intolerance.
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Is bariatric surgery safe?
Bariatric surgery, like any other surgery, does have risks and should be discussed with your primary physician and our surgeon. However, there are times when the surgical risk of bariatric surgery is lower than the risk of living with obesity and its related co-morbidities. That’s when surgery is ideal. Complication and mortality rates have been dropping over the past decade and laparoscopic techniques have further reduced the incidence of surgery-related complications.
How do I qualify?
Qualification criteria include weight vs. height (BMI), the presence of health conditions, age and surgical risk, among other factors. We will perform a full evaluation of your condition after your consultation and let you know if you qualify under our guidelines and, if applicable, under those of your insurance company.
How can I pay for surgery?
For patients who have insurance, the first and most important requirement is to know if your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery. You will also want to find out what requirements your insurance company has in order to pre-approve you for the specific procedure in which you are interested. Insurance companies generally have strict qualification standards and knowing these standards beforehand can be very helpful in ensuring a smooth insurance process.
Our program offers competitive flat rates for bariatric surgical services in order to reduce your total-out-of pocket expense. Cash pay patients should speak to our patient coordinator for the specific contracted rates. We strive to offer any guidance that we can, however we do suggest that you consult with your financial professional, in order, to fully understand your options and the impact to you.
If you need to explore payment options please call 469-495-2115.
Who is on the care team?
Your care team at the Texas Health Frisco Bariatric Center will consist of the following skilled specialists:
Weight Loss Surgeon
Typically, your weight loss surgeon specializes in minimally invasive bariatric surgery and minimally invasive general surgery and has received advanced training through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS). Your surgeon typically has experience performing gastric bypass, gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy), SADI-s , gastric band and revisional weight loss surgery procedures. They place a priority on lowering your risk of life-threatening health problems through an effective and tailored weight loss solution.
You and your surgeon will meet at least once prior to surgery to determine the best path to achieve your unique goals for weight loss. This is a great time for you to get your questions answered, including about your surgeon’s focus area(s), how may patients they have supported through weight loss journeys and how those patients are doing now.
This physician specialist is unique to our program. She is here to help you optimize your health through a medically supervised weight loss plan, nutritional education, and a combination of traditional and integrative therapies for weight loss and lifestyle changes. Her highly personalized approach to medication management ensures that you get the benefit of her full attention as well as the precise advice and treatment you need to help curb your appetite, deal with the hormone fluctuations associated with weight gain and more.
Bariatric Center Program coordinator
Think of our program coordinator as the liaison between you and your surgeon. She will help get your questions about surgery answered and will support you and your family with education to get you on the right path for your needs. Our program coordinator is also available to help connect you to support groups, if desired. As a former weight-loss surgery patient herself, our program director can bring unique insight to what to expect on your weight-loss journey.
Our clinical reviewer focuses on providing you with the utmost in program quality based on compliance to program standards established by a national bariatric organization. Think of her as a quality assurance detective.
You will meet our patient coordinator during your consultation with the surgeon and communicate with her quite often up until surgery, should you choose that path. The role of our patient coordinator is to facilitate obtaining approval for your bariatric surgery. She will coordinate the scheduling of any necessary pre-op testing, complete all required orders and pre-op clearances, help you navigate insurance coverage by requesting approvals and ultimately schedule your surgery.
You will be greeted by our admitting representative when you first arrive at the center. She will be happy to assist if you should need something during your appointment or need to schedule a follow-up visit.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Generally speaking, the average patient will leave the hospital the next day for gastric sleeve procedures and spend an additional night for more complex procedures. Of course, every case is unique.
What support is available after my procedure?
Texas Health Frisco l offers a virtual support group to post-surgical patients. In support group, we are surrounded, encouraged and learn from others who have struggled with weight. Adopting a new lifestyle, while exciting, can still bring challenges so taking time to share with others is particularly beneficial to your success. Perhaps one of the greatest benefits is to know that you are not alone in your journey.
Is bariatric surgery right for me?
In the end, you along with your surgeon will be able to answer that question. Every case is different and while some patients enjoy great success after surgery, there are many potential patients on whom we never operate because they are not ideal candidates. Your particular health situation, your willingness to work hard to lose weight, and the results of your testing will let us know if surgery is right for you.
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