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Bariatric Surgery

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Bariatric Surgery is a weight loss surgery that changes the size of your stomach to assist with weight loss and treats complications such as joint pain, headaches, reflux, and a reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. Bariatric surgery offers a variety of weight loss procedures that change the size of your stomach.

Bariatric Surgery options

ARC specializes in the following Bariatric Surgery procedures:

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

This weight loss surgery reduces the size of your stomach and limits the amount of food that you can eat in one sitting. A vertical sleeve of the stomach is made by using a stapling device and the rest of the stomach is removed, making you feel full sooner and longer. 

Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass surgery alters the way your stomach and small intestine process food. The surgeon creates a small pouch in the stomach and attaches it directly to a portion of the small intestine. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine.

Initial Bariatric Surgery consultation

The process starts with an initial consultation, which is your chance to meet your Bariatric Surgery team. As part of the consultation, you will go over the process and steps needed before going through the weight loss procedure, as well as discuss what to expect after the surgery. You'll also be able to ask any questions you have, including questions about financing and insurance coverage.

What to expect with Bariatric Surgery

  • Bariatric Surgery takes typically 3-6 months of preparation
  • Include regular office visits with surgeons, psychology evaluations, sleep studies, etc.
  • Work ups for OSA and GERD if applicable which may require sleep studies or Upper GI exams
  • Requires peri and post op visits
  • Pre/peri/post education on foods
  • Weight-loss-related improvements in blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
  • Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Increased energy and activity
  • Maintain weight loss of 50-100 pounds five years after surgery with diet and exercise
  • 0-1 day hospital stay

Constant support from a registered dietitian

ARC's registered dietitians help teach patients what to eat before and after Bariatric Surgery. Diet advice is meant to help you prevent setbacks caused by unhealthy diets. We do this to keep you 100% satisfied every step of the way and reach the health goals you are striving for.

Getting started

If you are interested in Bariatric Surgery, request an appointment online or by calling 512-260-1581. Bariatric costs may be covered through insurance plans or self-pay options, however, not all insurance plans have benefits for bariatrics. We can obtain your benefits after your first visit with our Bariatric Surgeon, if the surgeon deems you a candidate.

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