There are several options for weight loss surgery. Among them is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure that is frequently performed at Houston Northwest Medical Center. Gastric bypass is designed to reduce the amount of food you are able to eat. It is a permanent procedure that changes the structure of the stomach, helping patients achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.
Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35. Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures. Patient testimonials reflect results achieved by these patients. As each case must be independently evaluated and managed, actual weight loss will vary.