Bariatric Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD -  - General Surgery

Philip L. Leggett, MD

General Surgery & Acid Reflux Treatment located in Houston, TX

When you’re obese and struggling to lose weight, bariatric surgery may help restore your health and lower your risks for disease. Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, offer multiple options for bariatric surgery at their office in Houston to help you gain control of your weight and improve your overall health. For a consultation regarding weight loss surgery, call the office or schedule your appointment online.

Bariatric Surgery Q & A

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery refers to a group of procedures that alter your digestive system to limit your food and calorie intake and help you lose weight.

Who is a good candidate for bariatric surgery?

You may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. BMI is a way of assessing whether you’re in a healthy weight range for your height. Bariatric surgery may still be an ideal treatment if your BMI is 35-39 and you have obesity-related health problems that increase your health risks.

To qualify for bariatric surgery, the team performs an extensive assessment of your health to ensure you can benefit from this treatment.

It’s important to note that for you to experience the best outcomes after bariatric surgery, you must be committed to lifestyle changes that include dietary changes and exercise. Bariatric surgery alone doesn’t ensure weight loss.

How can bariatric surgery improve my health?

The purpose of weight loss surgery is more about improving your health and less about your overall appearance. Obesity is a significant risk factor of the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide: diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.

Obesity also raises your risk of other health problems, including:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Acid reflux
  • Vascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart failure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease
  • Liver diseases
  • Metabolic disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Skin infections
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Impaired immune system
  • Infertility
  • Blood clots
  • Dementia
  • Depression and anxiety

The changes that your body undergoes after bariatric surgery can lower your health risks significantly, by reducing your BMI and decreasing the overall stress that extra weight places on your body.

What are some types of bariatric surgery?

The team offers several bariatric surgery options, which each serve to decrease the amount of food and calories you can consume, potentially leading to dramatic weight loss. Surgery options include:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy: changes the shape of your stomach to decrease how much food you can eat
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: reduces the size of your stomach by closing off and bypassing the largest part of your stomach and connecting the new pouch to your small intestine
  • Weight loss balloon: an endoscopic procedure that inserts a saline-filled balloon inside your stomach
  • Revisional bariatric surgery: a laparoscopic procedure that treats complications from bariatric surgery or improves the effectiveness of previous procedures

After your bariatric surgery, ongoing support and education are essential for effective and successful weight loss and ideal outcomes. The team at Philip L. Leggett, MD, is with you every step of the way.

To see if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, call or schedule an appointment online.

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