Bariatric surgeons in Austin, Texas
At St. David's Medical Center, our specialists use bariatric surgery as a tool to help patients lose weight. Our dedicated team works with patients one-on-one to determine the appropriate procedure for their unique situation, to ensure they receive the care that is right for them.
Patients will be supported by a community of bariatric surgery specialists, resources and aftercare support designed to provide the best possible outcome for lasting weight loss. We are committed to providing each of our patients with the assistance, encouragement, insight and expertise needed to help them succeed.
For more information about our options for bariatric surgery, call St. David’s Medical Center at (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.
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
Types of weight loss surgery we offer
Our bariatric surgeons offer the following weight loss procedures:
Roux en-Y gastric bypass (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.
Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
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.
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.
Bariatric surgery at St. David's HealthCare
Bariatric surgery, also commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, is generally performed on patients struggling with obesity. There are several types of bariatric surgery, but they all aim to decrease food intake with the goal of rapid weight loss.Learn about Bariatric surgery