Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is a safe and proven way to produce significant weight loss for morbidly obese people. If you are 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight and the usual diets have failed, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple can help you take control of your health and change your life forever.
With more than 3,000 surgeries performed, we have devoted the necessary resources to provide you with comprehensive care and achieve high standards in patient education and safety, surgical results, pre-surgical counseling and long-term post-surgical care.
Learn more about our informational seminars, lifestyle change classes and bariatric support groups.
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
If you weigh 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight and the usual diets have failed, surgery for weight loss can help you lose weight and keep it off.
Qualifications for surgery may vary by location but can include:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) 30 or great (however, most insurances require a BMI of 35 or greater with a comorbid condition*)
*Comorbid conditions caused by obesity include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and stroke
- Sleep apnea
- Arthritis and joint disease
- Reflux disease and heartburn
At the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, we offer two minimally invasive bariatric surgical procedures to qualifying patients weighing at least 100 pounds more than their ideal body weight.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The current standard by which other weight loss operations are measured. In this procedure, a small stomach pouch is created that bypasses a portion of the small intestine. This restricts the amount of food you can eat and the calories your body can absorb.
Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
In this procedure, the surgeon removes a large portion of your stomach. The smaller stomach limits the amount of food you can eat by making you feel full after eating small meals.