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.
What is weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery, also referred to as "weight loss surgery," refers to procedures used to help patients who have not been able to achieve weight loss through traditional methods. The procedures involve modifying the stomach to limit the amount of food a patient can intake, resulting in weight loss. Weight loss surgery can be an effective, long-term solution when coupled with long-term lifestyle changes—including diet and exercise.
It is important to note that bariatric surgery is a major surgery, which is why it is suggested that interested patients meet with a specialist to determine if they are a candidate for bariatric surgery. This consultation will also allow the patient and doctor to explore all options for weight loss, including non-surgical alternatives.
Our Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This designation sets our center apart from others because it recognizes our program’s commitment to the resources necessary for providing optimal outcomes following surgery for weight loss and patients’ long-term success.
We have also been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery as designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield, a Bariatric Center of Excellence as designated by Optum Health, a Bariatric Center of Excellence as designated by Cigna and an Institute of Quality for Bariatric Surgery as designated by Aetna.
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:
- Fitness experts
- Program coordinators
Benefits of weight loss surgery
Over time, obesity can impact a person's health and lead to serious medical conditions. Bariatric surgery can help improve weight-related conditions, such as:
- Gallbladder disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Heart conditions
- High cholesterol
- Osteoarthritis (and other bone and joint conditions)
- Respiratory conditions
- Sleep apnea
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 helps accomplish weight loss by changing how the stomach and small intestine handle food that is eaten. A reduced stomach size, altering digestion and a decrease in hunger hormones make this possible. 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. Many patients are able to go home the same day of their procedure and return to their activities in 7-10 days.
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 7-10 days.
Single anastomosis duodeno-ileostomy switch (SADI-S)
The SADI-S procedure helps accomplish weight loss by changing how the stomach and small intestine handle the food that is eaten. A small gastric sleeve is created, similar to a sleeve gastrectomy, and then an intestinal reconnection is made. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. Patients are able to go home the day after their procedure and can return to their activities in 7-10 days.
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.
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
Weight loss seminars
Bariatric Online (Live)
One of the best ways to find out how weight loss surgery can help you achieve your health and fitness goals is by attending our free informational seminar. During the seminar, a surgeon will discuss the procedures performed at our hospitals, the pathway to surgery, as well as answer questions. You will also gain insight to help you determine which procedure is the best choice for you. Seminar takes place twice a month.
Bariatric In-person (live) seminar
(Temporarily on hold due to COVID restrictions)
St David's Medical Center – St. David’s Medical Office Building on the fifth floor.
Pre-recorded bariatric seminar
We also offer an online bariatric seminar. During the video, you will hear a pre-recorded discussion from a bariatric surgeon, individuals who have successfully completed the surgery and the bariatric center nurses and support staff.
Bariatric support group in-person
(Temporarily unavailable due to COVID restrictions) Please call our main line at (512) 544-5433 for more information.
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