Bariatric surgeons in Round Rock, Texas
For some patients, losing weight can be extremely difficult, even with proper nutrition and exercise. Because of this, the bariatric surgeons at St. David’s Round Rock use bariatric surgery as a tool to help patients lose weight when traditional methods have proven unsuccessful.
Our dedicated weight loss team works with patients one-on-one to determine the best procedure for their unique situation. With this personalized support, we ensure patients receive the care and resources necessary to help them lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.
For more information about our weight loss procedures, call (512) 341-1000.
What is bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery, also referred to as "weight loss surgery," describes a group of surgical procedures that help patients lose weight. These procedures are designed for people who have not experienced success with traditional weight loss methods. Each procedure is slightly different, however, in some way, they are designed to modify the stomach to limit the amount of food a patient can intake, resulting in weight loss.
Although weight loss surgery is common, it is important to note that it is a major procedure. Not everyone is a candidate for bariatric surgery, and it is crucial that patients make life and diet changes after surgery to ensure successful weight loss. This is why we recommend that interested patients meet with a specialist for a consultation. The 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 have a negative impact on a person's health and lead to serious medical conditions.
Bariatric surgery can help improve obesity-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 bariatric surgery we offer
Our bariatric surgeons offer the following weight loss procedures:
Roux en-Y gastric bypass (gastric bypass)
The Roux en-Y gastric bypass—also referred to as "gastric bypass"—is one of the most common types of malabsorptive surgeries. A malabsorptive surgery describes any procedure that restricts food and calorie intake in addition to the amount of nutrients the body absorbs.
During a gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This rerouting allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. When the stomach pouch is smaller, patients require less food to feel full, which means patients will lose weight as a result of fewer calories.
Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
A vertical sleeve gastrectomy—also referred to as "gastric sleeve"—is a surgical procedure that decreases the size of the stomach. This limits the amount of food a person can intake at one time.
During a gastric sleeve procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach is created by stapling the stomach. The unused portion of the stomach is removed and the remaining sleeve is about the size of a banana. As a result of a smaller stomach, patients feel full sooner and with less food. Sleeve gastrectomy is not a malabsorptive procedure and allows for normal digestion and absorption.
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