Weight Loss Surgery
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?
If you’re overweight, and diets and exercise haven’t helped, you may be considering bariatric (weight-loss) surgery. While surgery may sound extreme, carrying excess weight can put you at a higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and many other health concerns. Valley Baptist Medical Center is here to help.
The Valley Baptist Difference
At Valley Baptist, we want to be your first choice for weight-loss surgery. When you choose Valley Baptist, you can expect:
- Compassion. Experienced and compassionate care by board-certified doctors who specialize in obesity medicine and general vascular surgeons who specialize in bariatric surgery.
- Follow-through. A continuum of care that starts with your very first informational seminar and continues after your surgery to help you create lasting lifestyle changes.
Obesity is a disease. Bariatric surgery can be the solution. We offer an unparalleled combination of compassionate services, surgical expertise and ongoing therapy and support, including an outpatient clinic with personalized care that doesn’t end when you leave our hospital.
Surgical Options for Weight-Loss
Valley Baptist offers two different weight-loss surgical procedures. Each has specific risks and benefits, and our staff and doctors will review each with you.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This surgery involves removing between 60 and 80 percent of the stomach, so that what’s left looks like a tube, or a sleeve. A smaller stomach means that you eat less, and that, along with a slower digestive process, leads to weight loss. This surgery is performed in Harlingen and Brownsville. Learn more about sleeve gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
This surgery creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach, and in addition your small bowel is divided. The biliopancreatic limb is reattached to your small bowel on one end, and the other is connected to the pouch, creating what’s called a Roux limb. The pouch releases food slowly, so you feel full after eating very little food. This surgery is performed in Brownsville. Learn more about gastric bypass
Bariatrics Surgery Disclaimer: Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
We also offer revision bariatric surgery to address complications from a previous surgery or enhance weight-loss results.
Informational Bariatric Seminars
Every month, we hold a meeting for the community so that anyone interested in bariatric surgery can find out what’s involved, from the costs to the surgery itself and what happens afterward.
Bariatric Support Groups
Weight-loss surgery isn’t just about losing weight. Not everyone in your life will understand that. Valley Baptist provides support groups so that you’ll immediately have a caring community of friends to lean on for support. If you have had weight-loss surgery, or are considering it, please join us. You’ll be able to share what life is like after surgery as well as learn more about what to expect from the procedure.
Vitamins and Protein Supplements
Following surgery, your dietary needs will change. Your smaller stomach will hold only a certain amount of food, and not all of it will be digested and absorbed. To make up for the digestive changes, you’ll need to take vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as maintain a high protein intake, for the rest of your life.
We’ve Been There
Dawn Rodriguez, the Program Director of Valley Baptist’s Surgical Weight Loss Program in Harlingen, is a former client!
As a registered nurse, Dawn says that her 2006 bariatric surgery was life changing, and that she is devoted to providing the kind of care and support she knows people need before, during and after weight loss surgery.
“I have been an operating-room nurse for more than 15 years, and so I knew what surgery meant,” she says. “But it can still be scary. I make sure that our patients know that we are here for them.”
Request an Appointment
Don’t wait another day to improve your health! To find out more about the weight-loss surgery program.
Every month, we hold a meeting for the community so that anyone interested in bariatric surgery can find out what’s involved, from the costs to the surgery itself and what happens afterward. Click here to get the dates for our upcoming seminars in Harlingen and Brownsville.