Welcome to the Weight-Loss Surgery Program at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe which is designed to provide a new path for those struggling with excessive weight. We appreciate your interest. Chances are if you are thinking about weight loss surgery, you have been doing your homework. You have probably read about the different procedures available as well as the different surgeons performing them – each of whom has their own unique philosophy. We understand that weight loss surgery is a very difficult decision, but also one that could change your life.
Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. The concerns created by these excess pounds often go far beyond appearance. Morbid obesity can have serious health consequences that include increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, certain types of cancer, and gallbladder disease.
Obesity: 30 pounds over ideal weight
Severe Obesity: 60 pounds over ideal weight
Morbid Obesity: 100 pounds over ideal weight
Malignant Obesity: 200 pounds over ideal weight
One of the reasons that we have seen a growing use of surgery as a weight loss tool is based on the potential ineffectiveness of sustaining weight loss with traditional diets for some of those who are 100 pounds or more overweight. If you are currently 100 pounds or more overweight, the surgeons at Baylor Scott & White – Lake Pointe offer options that may work for you. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and weight loss surgery can be one step towards meeting that goal. Our multi-disciplinary professional team is dedicated to providing direction, education and support to help you make the right choices. We understand that much of the success of any weight loss procedure is a result of the support provided both before and after the procedure. With this in mind, we have developed a holistic support system utilizing medically trained professionals to assist with medical, psychological, social and nutritional issues associated with excess weight.
At Baylor Scott & White – Lake Pointe, we offer three surgical options -Gastric Sleeve, Lap Band and Gastric Bypass. Each has a different set of advantages and disadvantages which will be discussed with your physician during your one-on-one consultation.
Your decision to undergo weight-loss surgery for control of your obesity should not be taken lightly. Because of the mental and physical effort required on your part to achieve success following surgery, your decision should be made only after careful thought and discussion with your family. It is the desire of all those who participate in your care -Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians, Therapists, Technicians and others -to assist you in your decision.
Weight-loss surgery is not a miracle procedure or an easy way out. For greater success, the surgery must be accompanied by establishing appropriate eating habits which include the selection of proper and nutritious foods. YOU play the most important role in your eventual weight-loss. The necessary adjustments in your present habits will be yours to make, but the pride and feeling of accomplishment as you lose your weight may be yours to enjoy.
You should return to the surgeon’s office as instructed for follow-up visits after you are discharged from the hospital. Additional follow-up visits will be according to the doctor’s instructions. These visits are necessary to monitor your weight loss and general health.
A healthy level of exercise is important to everyone’s daily life. At the first post operative visit, we encourage you to ask your physician when and at what level you should begin your exercise program.
For a FREE referral to a surgeon performing weight loss surgery at Baylor Scott & White – Lake Pointe, please call 1.877.896.6367.