Bariatric Surgery in Arlington, TX

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery offers an effective and long-term solution for patients who struggle with morbid obesity. If you struggle with morbid obesity and the health complications that come with it, there is expert help available through the USMD Hospital at Arlington bariatric program. Offering North Texas patients a comprehensive, personalized approach to weight loss, our program is led by board-certified bariatric surgeons who have helped thousands of patients lose weight through proven surgical intervention options. USMD Hospital at Arlington is also a Bariatric Center of Excellence, accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), and is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Contact our friendly team to learn more.

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Who Is A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

There are a few factors surgeons consider when determining if bariatric surgery is right for a patient. The vast majority of candidates for bariatric surgery have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • A BMI of 35 to 40 with an accompanying obesity-related condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure
  • A demonstrated willingness to follow medical recommendations before and after surgery
  • Supportive family or friends

If you are in need of bariatric surgery in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the surrounding areas, please contact USMD Hospital at Arlington to learn more about our bariatric program.

How Does Bariatric Surgery Work?

There are several different surgical intervention options available to patients who struggle with morbid obesity. Your surgeon will work with you to determine which is best for you:

  • Gastric Band: This procedure is considered far less invasive than traditional gastric bypass surgery and involves making the stomach smaller by placing a silicone band around the stomach.
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy: This procedure reduces the size of the stomach for a reduction in food intake and hunger hormones.
  • Gastric Bypass: Gastric bypass permanently alters the digestive system so that less food is absorbed by the body. This surgery is only recommended when all other means for weight loss have failed.
  • Conversion Surgery: When another weight loss surgery has failed or begins to see complications, the surgeon can convert the patient to a different type of surgery.

USMD Hospital at Arlington even offers surgeons the option of performing robotic bariatric surgery. Robotic surgery offers patients smaller incisions, faster recoveries, and shorter hospital stays. Talk to your physician about whether or not robotic surgery might be an ideal solution for you.

What Are the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery?
Aside from losing weight, patients who undergo a bariatric surgery procedure at USMD Hospital at Arlington often experience improvements in their overall health, energy level, and quality of life when they also maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Weight loss surgery may also have a positive effect on certain health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea.
Will I Have to Follow a Special Diet After Weight-Loss Surgery?
There will be a specific type of diet to follow for the first several months following bariatric surgery. This diet will begin with clear liquids and gradually progress to solid foods over the following weeks. Meal planning and portion control are central to the diet following bariatric surgery. Your physician and dietician can explain any specific dietary guidelines, help you understand your caloric needs and foods to avoid, and discuss other aspects of your nutritional needs.
How Long Is the Recovery Process After Bariatric Surgery?
Recovery following bariatric surgery may depend on the type of procedure you received, your overall health, and other medical considerations. On average, patients spend about 1 – 2 days in the hospital following weight loss surgery and are able to resume normal daily activities after about 2 – 4 weeks. Your bariatric surgeon and medical team can provide additional details on what to expect as you recover from weight loss surgery.
How Long Do Bariatric Surgery Results Last?
Bariatric surgery can offer a long-term solution to weight loss when coupled with a healthy diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle. While results vary from patient to patient, many individuals lose a significant amount of weight within the first year following surgery. It is important to understand that weight loss is a gradual process, and the results must be actively maintained by the patient.
Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Bariatric surgery for DFW patients may be covered in part under some health insurance policies. It is important to contact your insurance company to review your coverage and understand your benefits, as they may apply to bariatric surgery. USMD Hospital at Arlington is recognized as a UnitedHealthcare Optum Bariatric Center of Excellence, an Aetna Bariatric Institute of Quality, and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction+ Center for Bariatric Surgery. For further assistance or to learn more, please contact our hospital today.

Live Free of Weight-Related Complications

Our hospital hosts support groups and seminars for patients who are thinking about bariatric surgery, those who have already made the decision to move forward with surgery, and those who have already had surgery. Contact USMD Hospital at Arlington today to learn more about these support groups and seminars. We can also assist you in contacting a bariatric surgeon on our medical staff so you can take the first step to live healthier.

USMD Hospital at Arlington is a joint venture with Texas Health Resources and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. A list of physician owners is available upon request.