Bariatric surgery is a weight loss surgery that changes the size of your stomach to assist with weight loss, treats complications such as joint pain, headaches, and reflux, and reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Bariatric surgery offers a variety of weight loss procedures that change the size of your stomach.
Bariatric surgery options
ARC specializes in the following bariatric surgery procedures:
This weight loss surgery reduces the size of your stomach and limits the amount of food you can eat in one sitting. A vertical sleeve of the stomach is made using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed, making you feel full sooner and longer.
Gastric bypass surgery alters the way your stomach and small intestine process food. The surgeon creates a small pouch in the stomach and attaches it directly to a portion of the small intestine. The small pouch allows food to bypass a part of the small intestine.
Initial bariatric surgery consultation
The process starts with an initial consultation, which is your chance to meet your bariatric surgery team. As part of the consultation, you will go over the process and steps needed before going through the weight loss procedure and discuss what to expect after the surgery. You'll also be able to ask any question, including questions about financing and insurance coverage.
What to expect with bariatric surgery
- Bariatric surgery typically takes 3-6 months of preparation
- Include regular office visits with surgeons, psychological evaluations, sleep studies, etc.
- Workups for OSA and GERD, if applicable, which may require sleep studies or upper GI exams
- Requires peri and post-op visits
- Pre/peri/post education on foods
- Weight-loss-related improvements in blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
- Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
- Increased energy and activity
- Maintain weight loss of 50-100 pounds five years after surgery with diet and exercise
- 0-1 day hospital stay
Constant support from a registered dietitian
ARC's registered dietitians help teach patients what to eat before and after bariatric surgery. Diet advice is meant to help you prevent setbacks caused by unhealthy diets. We do this to keep you 100% satisfied every step and help you reach the health goals you are striving for.
If you are interested in bariatric surgery, request an appointment online or call 512-260-1581. Bariatric costs may be covered through insurance plans or self-pay options. However, not all insurance plans have benefits for bariatrics. We can obtain your benefits after your first visit with our bariatric surgeon if the surgeon deems you a candidate.