Center for Bariatric Surgery  

Our team at the Center for Bariatric Surgery is dedicated to assisting you through all stages of the program, from preoperative evaluation and nutrition counseling, through surgery, to the immediate postoperative recovery and extended after-care. For us, the over-riding emphasis is to help you attain your goals for losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the future.

Getting Started

The first step to bariatric surgery is participating in a free information seminar, held the second Thursday of every month. The seminar is designed to introduce our surgical and medical team, review the most up-to-date surgical options, and discuss the benefits of a medically-based weight management program. These sessions will address many questions and concerns about bariatric surgery and help you decide which option is best for you.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of upcoming seminars or click here to register online. For more information on bariatric surgery, 903.315.4409.

How do I know if I am a candidate for weight loss surgery?

To qualify for weight loss surgery, you should:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, be at least 100 pounds overweight, or more than twice your ideal weight; or have a BMI over 35 with a coexisting medical problem related to obesity (i.e., diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, or osteoarthritis)
  • Be able to demonstrate a serious past attempt to lose weight through exercise or programs
  • Have no major medical, physical, emotional or psychological problems that would significantly increase the risk of surgery
  • Be well-informed about the procedure you and your surgeon select as well as capable of participating in long-term follow-up and aftercare

Surgical Options

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy: During the sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon removes roughly two-thirds of your stomach, leaving behind a banana-shaped sleeve. Even though this procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, it allows the stomach to function normally while decreasing the amount of food you can eat and hunger.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is designed to reduce the amount of food consumed and allow food to pass through to the intestine without being absorbed. A small stomach pouch is created that restricts food intake. This new stomach is then attached to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and portion of the small bowel.

Adjustable Gastric Banding: Adjustable gastric banding is designed to restrict food consumption without interfering with your body’s normal digestive processes. A hollow, silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch and a narrow passage into the stomach.

For more information about surgical options, please call 903.315.4409.

Aftercare and Support

The center offers a comprehensive approach to the multitude of issues and hurdles you may confront in the immediate and extended timeframe after surgery. Through our on-going support groups, we offer you a chance to share your experiences and successes with other individuals, motivating all participants to improve their health by adopting a new and healthier lifestyle. We strive to provide the on-going education and support necessary for you to make sustained weight loss a reality.