Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
"It’s not about what you lose. It’s about everything you gain!"
An estimated 97 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese, a condition that substantially raises the risk of serious illness from hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, as well as endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Higher body weights are also associated with an increase in early death. As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, obesity poses a major public health challenge.
The Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center (CPRMC) is designed to assist people with improving their health and quality of life by using surgical intervention for weight reduction. Although bariatric surgery has shown to be an effective tool in weight loss, it is important for patients to remember that the surgery is only a tool. A successful outcome is dependent on a patient’s commitment to long-term lifestyle change.
You are encouraged to gather as much information on weight loss surgery by researching information on the internet, talking with the team members, and attending support groups. By developing your own knowledge base about this treatment method, you will be empowered to reach your goal of long-term weight loss.
Surgical Weight Loss Options: Get ready for a whole, new YOU!
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Two-stage Gastric Bypass: Sleeve Gastrectomy & Large Pouch RYGB
Learn more about these procedures.
Which surgery is right for you?
For patients who remain severely obese after non-surgical approaches to weight loss have failed or for patients who have obesity-related diseases, surgery may be the next best step. The type of surgery you choose is not only a very personal decision that should be discussed between you and your family, but also one that requires the professional expertise and knowledge of your surgeon. Patients who have had surgery require not only close monitoring, but also life-long use of special foods and medications. Surgery to promote weight loss is a serious undertaking and typically not reversible.
Remember, there are no guarantees for any method, including surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss. Success is possible only with your fullest cooperation and commitment to behavioral change and medical follow-up.
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Rather than relying on the bathroom scale to tell you if you're overweight, BMI takes into account your weight and height to indicate body fat. The goal for most people: a BMI that's over 18 and under 25.
Patients must meet specific criteria before they will be considered for an evaluation with our surgeons and internists. Selection is based on guidelines established by the National Institute of Health, which defines morbid obesity as:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 40, or a BMI of 35 accompanied by other issues related to health (co-morbidities).
- Have documented failure of at least one medically supervised weight reduction program within the last two years.
- Generally be between the ages of 18 and 65.
- No documented history of bi-polar disease, schizophrenia, multiple personality disorders, or other psychoses which will interfere with the informed consent process as well as the ability to follow instructions.
- Be physically active.
Once a patient meets the specified criteria and has attended a bariatric seminar the next step is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon. Prior to the scheduled consultation, it is important to become as well educated as possible regarding bariatric surgery. Please utilize the list of resources (see end of booklet) to obtain as much knowledge and information prior to the surgical consultation.
During the surgical consultation appointment, the patient will meet with the surgeon, bariatric coordinator and nutritionist. The surgeon will review the patient’s health history, and conduct an in-depth discussion regarding surgical techniques and risks. The surgeon will inform the patient of further consultations or tests needed to determine candidacy for surgery. You will be provided with a checklist of pre-operative requirements which must be completed prior to having surgery. The sooner these pre-operative requirements are completed the sooner we can schedule your surgery.
Your case will be reviewed by all members of the team the week of the consultation. You will subsequently be notified of your surgery date and whether additional material is needed. Bariatric surgery is not always the appropriate choice, so the screening process assists the team in determining the best steps for the patient to take.
Attend a Free Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Seminar
We encourage you to attend as many support groups as possible prior to and after surgery. These meetings will equip you with information and provide you with tools to assist in the lifestyle changes needed to obtain long-term success.
Free seminars are held on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cedar Park Regional in classrooms 3 and 4. Learn about your options for surgical weight loss by calling 512-528-7317 or e-mail Leilea Martin today.
Special thanks to Nicole Basa, MD, and Alan Abando, MD, and the staff at Cedar Park Surgeons for their significant contributions to the development of the Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program. Many thanks also to our implementation team who made this program a reality and who proudly improve the health and wellness of our community each and every day.