Weight loss surgery in Austin and Central Texas

At St. David's HealthCare, we offer comprehensive weight loss surgery options using robotic and minimally invasive technology. Every step of your weight loss journey, our compassionate bariatric specialists will walk alongside you. We also offer support services to help you achieve and maintain your long-term weight loss goals.

To learn more about bariatric surgery with St. David's HealthCare, please call (512) 544-5433.

Multidisciplinary approach to weight loss

The causes of obesity and morbid obesity are multiple and complex. Despite common misconceptions, it is not simply a result of overeating. In fact, research has shown that, in many cases, the underlying causes of morbid obesity are genetic, environmental and social. Because of this, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss as well as ongoing postoperative support resources.

Our board-certified surgeons bring years of experience and extensive knowledge. Your weight loss team will also include:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Fitness experts
  • Nurses
  • Program coordinators

Qualifying for bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is designed to make the stomach smaller so the patient feels satisfied with less food. It is intended for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 or greater as well as one or more co-morbid conditions.

If you're thinking about weight loss surgery and have doubts about whether it's right for you, you are not alone. It’s a life-changing choice, and serious contemplation is part of the decision-making process for everyone. We will help you through that process to determine if you qualify for bariatric surgery.

Minimally invasive surgery

We are proud to offer minimally invasive and robotic surgery options for your bariatric procedure. Compared to traditional surgery, the minimally invasive approach allows surgeons to operate with only four to five small incisions.

Benefits of minimally invasive bariatric surgery include:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less abdominal trauma
  • Less scarring

Types of procedures we offer

We offer several different procedures to meet your needs, including:

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

The gastric bypass procedure creates weight loss by decreasing the amount of food eaten. This occurs because of the reduced stomach size and a decrease in hunger hormones. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. Patients who undergo this procedure are typically able to return to work in seven to 10 days.

Sleeve gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy decreases the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. During the procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created (about the size of a banana) using a stapling device. The rest of the stomach is removed. As a result, you'll feel fuller sooner and stay fuller longer. Many patients are able to go home the same day of their procedure and return to their activities in a few days to a week.

Single anastomosis duodeno-ileostomy switch (SADI-S)

The SADI-S is a relatively new procedure. It can help resolve obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and sleep apnea. It is also offered as an addition to the sleeve gastrectomy.

Revision and conversion procedures

We offer revision and conversion bariatric surgery for patients who have previously undergone weight loss surgery that did not achieve the desired effect. These procedures can be performed either because of complications, insufficient weight loss or weight regain. A revision procedure will correct or modify the original procedure. A conversion procedure will replace it with another type of surgery.

Surgery recovery

Weight loss surgery is an advanced surgery and considered to be a major procedure, so recovery doesn’t happen overnight. It’s important to follow your surgeon’s postoperative recovery instructions to get the best results.

We also offer resources to help you achieve your weight loss goals after bariatric surgery, including:

  • Dietitians who address your special nutritional needs
  • Exercise physiologists who create a personal prescription exercise plan for you
  • Support groups

Bariatric seminar and support group

Both before and after your bariatric surgery, it's important that you have the support and education you need. That is why we offer the following free resources:

  • Bariatric seminar–Provides education on the types of bariatric surgery we offer at our hospitals and helps you determine if bariatric surgery is the right choice for you.
  • Bariatric support group–Offers support and encouragement to help you make the necessary lifestyle changes after your procedure.