Losing weight is challenging and can make you feel frustrated and defeated when looking at the number on the scale. However, weight loss is essential for your health, especially if you're obese.
Many people who are severely obese need some help losing weight so they can live healthier lives. Bariatric surgery is a great tool that enables you to achieve your weight loss goals and maintain your weight for the rest of your life.
Dr. Robert Snow and our Snow Bariatric Center team provide cutting-edge weight loss treatments in Flower Mound and Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Snow is an expert in bariatric surgery, offering procedures like gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND® to help our patients lose weight fast.
Who needs weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery is an option for many people if they meet the requirements. You're a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have class III obesity, which increases your risk of severe health problems.
What does class III obesity mean? You're a good candidate for surgery if you have a BMI of over 40, which is typically about 100 pounds overweight.
A BMI of over 40 significantly increases your risk for health problems like sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Bariatric surgery allows you to lose weight and reduce your risk of health complications related to obesity.
You can also have bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of 35 with at least one associated health condition. For instance, if you're living with diabetes and have a BMI of 35, Dr. Snow offers bariatric surgery to assist with weight loss.
Understanding bariatric surgery options
Considering weight loss, surgery is a big deal and a big commitment. If you're ready to look into bariatric surgery, it's crucial to consider every option and pick the best one for your specific goals and needs.
If you're a good candidate, Dr. Snow discusses each of your options and the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make a decision. Your health also plays a role in the surgical option you choose.
Gastric bypass is one of the most common weight loss procedures, and Dr. Snow can perform it laparoscopically (minimally invasive).
During the procedure, Dr. Snow bypasses a large portion of your stomach and creates a small pouch from the top piece. He then connects part of your small intestine to the little pocket, allowing food to empty into another part of the intestine farther down.
The advantage of gastric bypass is that it takes less food to feel full, so you lose weight. It's also one of the only procedures that reverse chronic health problems like diabetes related to obesity.
One of the downfalls of the gastric bypass procedure is the vitamin and mineral loss that occur after surgery. It may also result in dumping syndrome after eating or drinking, which makes you feel sick and may result in vomiting.
The gastric sleeve is another popular weight loss procedure where Dr. Snow removes about 80% of your stomach to create a much smaller pouch for food. The result is a stomach that's about the size of a banana.
During the procedure, he frees your stomach from surrounding tissues and carefully removes a large portion of the organ. He then uses surgical staples to form the pouch that becomes your new stomach.
The advantages of the gastric sleeve procedure are that it's simpler than gastric bypass and requires less surgical time and recovery. It's also highly effective for long-term weight loss.
However, it's irreversible and may induce heartburn or acid reflux after surgery.
The LAP-BAND is an adjustable band Dr. Snow places around the top portion of your stomach to create a small pouch that helps you eat less and feel full.
He can adjust the band around your stomach by filling it or removing fluid through a small port in your skin.
The advantages of the LAP-BAND are that it's reversible and removable, recovery is much faster than other options, and you can go home on the day of surgery.
Disadvantages include the need for multiple adjustments and slower weight loss than other bariatric procedures.
If you're not a candidate for the above procedures, Dr. Snow offers less invasive options like the bariatric endoscopy and the Obalon Balloon System®.
If you're ready to discuss bariatric surgery options, don't hesitate to call us at one of our conveniently located offices in Flower Mound and Fort Worth, Texas, or request an appointment on our website.