Dallas Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery in Dallas

Many people in Dallas suffer from obesity. This has lead to an increase in searches for Dallas weight loss surgery. In fact, according to a 2015 study by The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, the rate of adult obesity in Texas has risen to 32.4 percent. This percentage has escalated Texas to 10th in the nation when it comes to adult obesity.

Still, if you are suffering from obesity, it is important to continue to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Weight loss can be difficult, but it is not impossible. It can transform your life, your appearance and your health, so it should not be put off.

Dr. Bagshahi and his medical team are available to assist you in your journey to a healthy BMI through weight loss surgery in Dallas.

Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss offers a comprehensive approach to body mass reduction. Since it is supervised by a board-certified physician, it is considered one of the safest approaches for overcoming obesity.

Dallas Medical Weight Loss Options

During medical weight loss, your physician may treat your obesity using several different treatment options, such as the following:

Counseling– One of the most important contributions of medical weight loss is nutritional counseling. In order for your weight loss efforts to be successful long-term, the behaviors that led to your obesity must be modified. Counseling helps educate you concerning proper diet and exercise for lifelong progress.

Medication– Due to the physical recovery and financial expense associated with Dallas weight lost surgery, your physician will usually offer medication before prescribing an invasive procedure. The medicine may help control your appetite to help you adjust to appropriate portion sizes during your weight loss journey.

Bariatric SurgeryDallas weight loss surgery is generally quite effective at reducing a bariatric patient’s weight in a relatively short amount of time. Patients can choose from a number of surgical options, depending on their individual circumstances. Additionally, since weight loss surgery costs vary based on the level of surgical involvement, procedures can be financed to make them available and practical for most budgets.

Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

You may be wondering, “Am I a good candidate for weight loss surgery?” When it comes to weight loss surgery, there are several factors that help determine whether or not a weight loss procedure is suitable for you.

Are you Significantly Overweight?

Weight loss surgery is not generally prescribed to facilitate the loss of a few pounds. Thus, most people who are good candidates for weight loss surgery are morbidly obese. People are morbidly obese if they weigh 100 or more pounds beyond their ideal weight, have a BMI at or exceeding 40, or have weight-related health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, in conjunction with a BMI that is 35 or greater.

How Committed are you to Losing Weight?

Even though weight loss surgery improves your chance of losing weight permanently, your cooperative efforts are required to make the lifestyle changes that are necessary for long-term weight loss. Adherence to a healthy diet and regular exercise are often advised before and after weight loss surgery.

You also must consider the cost of weight loss surgery in Dallas, TX. Although most insurance companies will cover bariatric surgery, you will still likely have a co-pay and or deductible to satisfy.

Are You Healthy Enough for Surgery?

Your bariatric surgeon will assess your current physical and psychological condition to determine whether or not you are healthy enough for surgery. In some cases, you may be asked to lose some weight to improve your condition and lessen your chance of complications before your doctor will move forward with surgery.

Have you Already Tried Less Invasive Options?

Your doctor will likely prescribe dietary and activity-based changes before suggesting surgery. Surgery is an aggressive approach and usually results in a significant weight loss. You will tend to lose weight fastest during the first month following the procedure.

Weight Loss Surgery – Pros and Cons

You should be aware of the bariatric weight loss surgery pros and cons before having a procedure.

Pros of Weight Loss Surgery

  • Weight loss results are usually lasting.
  • Large amounts of excess weight are lost.
  • Overeating is more difficult.
  • Favorable hormonal changes may result in appetite reduction.
  • Surgery can promote higher activity levels through weight loss.

Cons of Weight Loss Surgery

  • There is a risk of complications that may have to be corrected with a subsequent surgery.
  • There is a risk of vitamin and mineral-related nutritional deficiencies.
  • Surgery may require long-term compliance to a restrictive eating plan.

Your physician will provide detailed instructions before and after weight loss surgery to ensure that you have the best chance of achieving a healthy weight. The benefits of weight loss surgery can be substantial.

In addition to a reduction in negative health conditions, such as diabetes, high triglycerides and high blood pressure, you may see improvements in your psychological wellbeing and self-confidence. Your overall quality of life may significantly improve.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

Here are the types of weight loss surgery we offer in Dallas-Fort Worth:

The Intragastric Balloon

What is the Intragastric Balloon Procedure?

With an insertion that is minimally invasive, the intragastric balloon helps with the management of hunger by filling some of the space in your stomach. The inflatable balloon, which is filled with saline, is positioned inside the gastric cavity using endoscopy.

As a result, the procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting and requires only a brief recovery time. In addition, the nonsurgical nature of the insertion makes the placement of an intragastric balloon significantly less expensive than other bariatric procedures in the Dallas area. Thus, it is one of the most affordable weight loss surgery options.

How is the Procedure Performed?

During the placement of the balloon, the bariatric surgeon uses an endoscope, which is a thin, tubular device that has a light on its end. Once the balloon is in position, the doctor inflates it to a suitable size. Only a mild sedative is required during the 30-minute procedure, and you are free to go home within hours.

Although the weight loss from the device may be long-lasting, the intragastric balloon is not designed to remain in place indefinitely. The weight loss surgeon removes the balloon after about six months. Like its placement procedure, the balloon’s removal is performed non-invasively using an endoscope.

What Can You Expect During Recovery?

During your recovery, you will be required to restrict your diet to liquids, such as protein shakes and clear broth, for the first two weeks following your procedure. However, within about three weeks of the procedure, you should be able to enjoy normal foods again. Still, your physician will likely offer special dietary and exercise recommendations to assist with your ongoing weight loss.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

What is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

During gastric sleeve surgery, the Dallas bariatric surgeon removes about three-fourths of your stomach. The remaining portion is a banana-shaped, slender tube that is sometimes called a sleeve.

Since the capacity of your stomach is reduced, you will feel full much faster. In addition to the reduction in size, your stomach will also produce less ghrelin, the gastric enzyme that increases or activates your appetite.

How is the Procedure Performed?

This type of Dallas weight loss surgery involves several incisions to your stomach. The weight loss surgeon uses these openings to access the stomach with a scope and surgical instruments. During the procedure, after a portion of the stomach is excised, the remainder of the organ is closed with staples. The initial incisions or cuts are closed with stitches as the surgery is completed.

What Should I Expect During Recovery?

For the first week after your procedure, your doctor will ask you to only consume clear liquids, such as gelatin and broth. Although, that may sound uncomfortable, many patients have a reduced appetite during the period following surgery.

During the second week, you can add additional loose foods to your diet, such as ice cream. Pureed foods can be added during week three, and by the fourth week, you can eat a diet of normal soft foods.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is the most commonly performed surgical weight loss procedure in the United States. The procedure, which has been time-tested, involves the reduction of your stomach.

Because the size of your stomach is smaller after the surgery, you are unable to eat as much food as you did before the procedure. In addition, since the bypass involves the re-routing of digestive organs, you are unable to absorb a portion of the calories and nutrients from the food that you eat.

How is the Procedure Performed?

The procedure, which typically takes several hours and is considered irreversible, is performed in a hospital setting, and general anesthesia is required. During the surgery, your weight loss surgeon will likely use laparoscopy, to decrease the procedure’s invasiveness and your recovery time.

During the laparoscopy-based bypass, several small cuts are strategically placed on your abdomen for access to your stomach. The physician removes the majority of the stomach structure and routes the remaining pocket directly into the small intestines, so your body has fewer opportunities to absorb calories.

What can I Expect During Recovery?

As you recover after the bypass, you will spend the initial period following the procedure in the hospital. In fact, you can expect to remain in the hospital between three and five days.  During the first 24 to 48 hours following your Dallas weight loss surgery, you will not be permitted to eat. This dietary restriction allows your internal organs to heal.

After the first few days, you may consume liquids, but eventually, soft foods will be added to your diet. As your healing progresses, normal foods are reintroduced.  However, the amount and types of foods you can consume will likely change dramatically from your pre-surgery diet.

Duodenal Switch Procedure

What is the Duodenal Switch Procedure?

A duodenal switch procedure often works well for patients who have a BMI that is 50 or higher, or who have detrimental health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. The procedure involves both the removal of a large portion of the stomach and the rerouting of the small intestine.

How is the Procedure Performed?

A duodenal switch procedure, which can usually be completed in approximately four hours, can be performed with a laparoscope or through open incisions. During the Dallas weight loss surgery, about 70 percent of your stomach is cut away. What remains is a cylindrical pouch that connects the esophagus to the top section of the small intestine.

Because your food will no longer be exposed to enzymes from the pancreas or bile from the liver as early in the digestive process, your body is unable to absorb as many calories or as much fat from your meals.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

After the surgery, you can expect a hospital stay of at least a few days. Your diet may be restrictive, and you may only be able to consume small amounts of food or drink. Gradually, you will be able to eat and drink more, but you will still be unable to absorb as many calories as you did before the procedure.

About a month after your procedure, you can expect to have a follow-up appointment with your bariatric surgeon. Subsequent visits may be required every three months for the first year and every six months from the second year onward.

Bariatric Revision Surgery

What is Bariatric Revision Surgery?

Bariatric revision surgery is performed to correct complications, such as vomiting, reflux, a repositioned lap band or a dilated esophagus, that could surface following bariatric surgery. If your initial weight loss surgery did not result in long-term weight reduction because of issues surrounding the procedure, revision surgery can help you achieve your goals.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Bariatric revisions are performed based on the type of correction that is needed. Revision procedures may include a number of surgical options, such as a stomach stapling reversal, a gastric bypass reversal, the changing of a lap-band procedure to a sleeve gastrectomy or the correction of a hiatal hernia that resulted from a lap-band procedure.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

During your recovery from a revision surgery, you can expect dietary restrictions as your body heals from the procedure. Still, many bariatric revisions are minimally invasive and do not involve significantly difficult recovery periods.

If you would like more information about Dallas weight loss surgery, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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