5 Things You Should Know About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

No matter how hard you work at the gym or how much you adjust your eating habits, the scale barely budges. You’ve worked hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, yet you cannot seem to drop the pounds. If this sounds like you, you may be a candidate for gastric sleeve surgery in Houston or Katy, Texas.

Texas Endosurgery is the best option to help you meet your weight loss goals. Before you make this life-changing decision, there are some things you should know:

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As the number of bariatric operations continue to rise, there will be a greater need for revisions of these primary weight loss procedures.  The are various reasons for revising a primary weight loss .

Revisional surgery may be necessary for:

  • Patients who have not lost as much weight as intended. Patients may undergo revision (reoperation to produce more weight loss), or conversion to a different weight loss procedure
  • Patients who have lost too much weight. Patients may undergo reversal of the original weight loss procedure

Revisional surgery also may be required to reverse a weight loss procedure for one or more of the following complications:

  • Ulcers or fistulas after gastric bypass
  • Persistent recurrent vomiting after band or vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • Protein malnutrition after duodenal switch
  • Reflux after vertical sleeve gastrectomy

When combined with lifestyle changes, weight loss surgery can help patients achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss that may have previously eluded them. In addition to offering greater confidence, patients can enjoy other health benefits, such as correcting high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, sleep apnea, and diabetes.

Weight loss surgeries performed at Texas Endosurgery include:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy / Gastric Sleeve
  • Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Gastric Balloon
  • Revision and reversal of previous weight loss procedures

We are fully devoted to providing safe and effective obesity surgery options for patients throughout Houston who are seeking solutions to weight loss challenges. While surgical weight loss won’t instantly solve any obesity problems, it’s a beneficial tool that has helped thousands of morbidly obese patients achieve a better quality of life.

Finding a Trusted Houston Weight Loss Surgeon

At Texas Endosurgery, we prioritize the safety of every patient. By providing personalized consultations and care, we offer an unmatched weight loss surgery experience with one of Houston’s best surgeons. A trusted Houston Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Bonnor works closely with patients to provide the specific care needed for their optimal safety your goals and how we can work together to achieve them. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Reasons for a Lap-Band Revision

Until recently, the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band or lap band procedure has been a popular choice for surgical weight loss due to the reversibility and simplicity of the procedure. However, the lap band is a device placed around the top portion of the stomach and can cause complications such as lap band slippage, obstruction and erosion. In addition, many patients find themselves with unsatisfactory weight loss results due to its poor ability to control appetite. For these aforementioned reasons, patients seek to have removal of the lap band with conversion to another weight loss surgery, this is known as revision bariatric surgery.  In our practice we commonly offer this as a single stage laparoscopic operation with one to two night hospital stay and recovery ranging from 5 to 10 days.

One common reason to seek revision surgery is slippage of the Lap-Band which means that the band finds itself in an abnormal position over the stomach. This abnormal position cause a relative obstruction to solids and then progressively to liquids. In some instances patients will present to the emergency room with an acute obstruction and require emergent surgical intervention.  More commonly, the patient  experiences intermittent bouts of nausea and vomiting and difficulty eating. As this progresses the lap band fails to adequately control portions and appetite thus  leading to poor eating habits and weight gain. Ultimately patients may elect to simply have the lap band device removed or seek revision to a procedure that is more durable and with proven results such as the sleeve gastrectomy.

The Lap Band is purely a restrictive device, and this form of weight loss procedure has marginal results for long term weight loss. In addition, stringent  eating habits must be adopted in order to achieve successful results that are difficult to maintain on a long term basis, and despite a patient’s best efforts these devices in the long term have a high rate of complications such as obstruction, slippage and erosions. Fortunately, there are many types of weight loss surgeries available. The Lap Band can be revised into other forms of weight loss procedures that can offer more durable, effective results.

Finding the Right Surgeon for Lap-Band Surgery Revision

Consider an expert professional opinion with one of  the leading bariatric surgeons if you have an adjustable gastric band and experience difficulty eating or poor weight loss results or even weight gain despite the band.

Exercise Post Sleeve Gastrectomy

The addition of an exercise routine in the post-operative phase after a sleeve gastrectomy will help you achieve excellent weight loss and muscle building results. Exercise is an important aspect of building muscle after a sleeve gastrectomy. Some patients are new to exercise and are concerned about how to exercise and how often. If you’re not experienced with exercise, start slow. At first, you may only be able to exercise 5 to 10 minutes a day. Patients should add an additional 5 minutes of exercise each day until they’re able to exercise for 30 to 40 minutes a day, at least 4 days of the week. Start with walking and then add running intervals to increase your stamina. Continue reading Exercise Post Sleeve Gastrectomy