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There are a variety of surgical options available today for the treatment of obesity.  Before drawing any conclusions on what is best for you, it’s important to understand that all weight loss surgeries are not alike.  Each one carries its own set of risks and benefits.  The information provided below will help familiarize you with the types of surgery we currently perform.  By becoming educated on the pros and cons of each, you’ll have a better understanding of the surgery and what to expect.

slide1Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery actually reduces the size of your stomach and reroutes your digestive system, helping you to feel full more quickly and allowing your body to absorb fewer calories. During the procedure, Dr. Wadiwala will separate your stomach into two sections, with the smaller upper section holding all food. He then attaches the top part of your small intestine to this section of your stomach, which enables food to reach your small intestine more quickly. With healthy lifestyle changes, the average bypass patient loses 10 to 20 pounds a month in the first year, and drops about half of his or her weight in the first two years after the surgery. To learn more about bariatric surgery, contact us today.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is an advanced bariatric procedure that removes 80% of your stomach, leaving you with a much smaller, sleeve-shaped organ that holds 100 to 150 mL of food and liquid. Because your stomach is significantly smaller, you will become fuller faster and consume less overall. Sleeve gastrectomy is quite safe, and leaves all nerves and sphincter muscles untouched. Though it is a relatively new procedure, it has been proven highly effective, and Dr. Wadiwala performs more gastrectomies than any other procedure. With proper diet and exercise, you can lose 30 to 50 percent of your body weight in the first two years following your surgery.

Tummy Tuck

Following bariatric surgery and the dramatic weight loss that follows, you may be dismayed to find that you are left with loose excess skin in your midsection. When you were at a higher weight, your skin may have been stretched, and your muscles may have become weak and separated. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can correct this problem and leave you with a flatter stomach that better complements your healthy new weight. During this procedure, Dr. Wadiwala will make an incision in the lower part of your abdomen, through which he will tighten and repair muscles and remove excess fat, skin, and tissue.

LAP-BAND Surgery

LAP-BAND is a reversible, extremely effective form of bariatric surgery. During the LAP-BAND® procedure, Dr. Wadiwala will separate your stomach into two parts using a ring. Once you have healed, Dr. Wadiwala will gradually fill the balloon inside the band with saline. This will reduce hunger and add restriction to passage of food, helping with weight loss. Many patients choose this procedure since it is reversible and the band can be adjusted to meet changing health conditions or other needs. With diet and exercise, the average LAP-BAND® patient loses as much as 40% of their body weight in the first year.

If you are interested in learning more to see if you’re a candidate or wanting to know the costs involved, call our office today. Our friendly, knowledgeable office staff will be happy to answer your questions and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Wadiwala. He will provide you with a comprehensive exam and will discuss your weight loss options and candidacy for the procedure.

You can reach us at (281) 653-1444 or by emailing us at info@houstonweightlossdr.com.