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Types of Bariatric Surgery

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Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller. Part of the small intestine is bypassed by the bariatric surgeon so that you will feel full much quicker. Calories are absorbed in the small intestine, so this gives less chance of calories being absorbed also. This may be the route for you if your BMI is 40 or higher.

There are certain conditions that you may have to meet in order to qualify. You can not have a problem with alcohol or depression. You have to have been obese for at least five years and be between the ages of 18 and 65.

Most people who have the gastric bypass type of bariatric surgery begin losing weight immediately and continue losing weight for at least 12 months.

The surgery generally costs between $20,000 and $25,000, but be sure to check in Houston as well as other cities for the best price. These costs are being covered by insurance policies more and more frequently as the surgeries have proven to enhance the overall health of the patients.


Gastric Banding

Gastric Banding uses a silicone band to squeeze the stomach and cause the stomach to become smaller. A Tube runs from the band to a device just under the skin. This allows the band to be tightened or lossened more easily.

One must have a history of obesity. Also a BMI of 40 or above must be present in the patient. The age limit is usually up to 55 years of age. The band can be removed at any time, which sets it apart from some of the other procedures which are irreversible. The surgery will not take as long as the bypass surgery. Gastric banding usually takes less than one hour for a surgeon to perform.

A patient can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week at the start with a 50 pound loss in the first year not uncommon.

The gastric banding surgery will cost anywhere from $14,000 to $18,000. Insurance companies will cover all or part of the costs depending on your specific plan.



Gastric Sleeve

This is the new kid on the block in bariatric surgery in Houston. In the gastric sleeve surgery, a bariatric surgeon removes about 60% of the stomach so that the leftover portion resembles a sleeve.

Gastric Sleeve surgery is primarily for those patients that are too obese for one of the other options. This provides a safe method of losing enough weight to get down to the point where the patient could then be a candidate for one of the other traditional surgeries. For a patient to consider the gastric sleeve, a BMI of 60 or higher is usually required.

The patient can expect to lose up to 50% of their excess weight within the first six months to one year after having this type of bariatric surgery performed.

The gastric sleeve is new and still considered experimental, so it is sometimes not covered by insurance policies. The costs usually are in the range of around $10,000 if you use a surgeon in the Houston area..


Duodenal Switch

The duodenal switch is also a newer form of bariatric surgery. It involves a bariatric surgeon removing a portion of the stomach as well as re-routing the small intestine. This causes less of the calories to be absorbed into the system.

There are certain conditions that you may have to meet in order to qualify for the duodenal switch surgery. You must have a psychiatric evaluation performed. Pre-operative evaluations may be necessary to check for tumors, polyps, etc. You also must quit smoking at least 30 days before surgery as well as not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to the surgery.

After the duodenal switch surgery, the patient can expect to lose up to 70% of their current weight within the first 12-18 months.

The surgery generally costs between $20,000 and $25,000. These costs are often not covered with the duodenal switch surgery as it is still considered experimental by many insurance companies. Be sure to check outside of the Houston area as well to locate the most inexpensive options.