More than 220,000 Americans have weight loss (bariatric surgery) every year. If you’re clinically obese and at risk of other health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, contact Philip L. Leggett, MD, and Seeyuen Lee, MD, at their Houston-based practice to find out if weight loss surgery is right for you. Call the office or make an appointment online today.
Weight loss surgery, also referred to as bariatric surgery, helps you lose weight and reduce your risk of obesity-related health problems by reducing the available space in your stomach. This not only reduces the volume of food that you can consume at a single sitting but also affects your body’s production of ghrelin — a hormone that regulates your appetite — and reduces your desire to eat.
The team offers several types of weight loss surgery. In most cases, they perform these surgeries using minimally invasive surgical methods.
During this procedure, commonly referred to as a gastric sleeve, your surgeon removes part of your stomach to create a small sheath of stomach tissue. This significantly reduces the space available for food in your stomach but doesn’t interfere with your ability to absorb calories and nutrients.
During gastric bypass surgery, your doctor surgically removes part of your stomach, leaving a small pouch to receive food. They cut the small intestine below the stomach and attach it directly to the pouch. Your stomach still produces digestive juices, but you absorb fewer calories and nutrients since your food also bypasses part of your small intestine.
A weight loss balloon doesn’t involve the removal of any part of your stomach. Your surgeon places a saline-filled silicone balloon in your stomach. It reduces the amount of food you can consume at one time and helps you feel satiated faster. However, unlike other weight loss surgeries, your doctor removes your weight loss balloon when you’ve reached your goal weight.
If you had a previous weight loss surgery, but didn’t achieve your desired results or are suffering from severe nutritional problems or chronic diarrhea, Dr. Leggett and Dr. Lee offer revisional bariatric surgery to restore your health and help you reach your goals.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), to qualify for weight loss surgery, you should have a BMI of 40 or more or be at least 100 pounds overweight. Alternatively, you might qualify if you have a BMI of over 35 and at least one obesity-related health problem, such as Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, or heart disease.
Your surgeon considers each case on its own merit. If you want to know if weight loss surgery is right for you, call the office of Philip L. Leggett, MD, or schedule a consultation online today.