Why Bariatric Surgery Works When Diets Haven’t

When it comes to losing weight, it’s easy to think that exercise and diet alone can get results. But it's not always that simple, especially if you have a significant amount of weight to lose.

At LoneStar Bariatrics in Frisco, Texas, Chad Carlton, MD, and our experienced team specialize in safe and effective weight-loss solutions. And, when it comes to shedding extra weight and getting life-changing results, nothing compares to bariatric surgery.

How bariatric surgery works

When you undergo bariatric surgery, you can lose 30-50% of your excess weight within the first six months. That’s because, unlike diets and exercise, surgical techniques can reduce the amount of food you eat, absorb, or both. 

If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9 and a weight-related health issue, or if your BMI is 40 or higher, you may be a candidate. Common bariatric techniques include gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch surgeries.

Gastric sleeve

During a gastric sleeve procedure, Dr. Carlton removes approximately three-quarters of your stomach. This weight-loss technique significantly reduces how much food you eat for the rest of your life. It also impacts the hormones in your gut associated with hunger, fullness, and blood-sugar regulation.

Gastric bypass

When you have a gastric bypass, Dr. Carlton makes a small pouch in your stomach to digest your food. Then he connects it to the lower section of your small intestine. This bariatric approach helps you eat less food. At the same time, by skipping part of your small intestine, this causes you to absorb fewer calories during the digestive process.

Duodenal switch

A duodenal switch procedure combines gastric sleeve and gastric bypass techniques. While it’s one of the more involved bariatric solutions available, it provides exceptional results for weight loss. Not only does this approach reduce the food you consume, but it also changes the way you digest it. As a result, you lose weight because you eat less and absorb fewer calories and nutrients.

Dr. Carlton performs these bariatric procedures using minimally invasive techniques, so you will have fewer risks and recover quicker. 

What to expect from bariatric surgery

Weight-loss surgeries have helped millions of men and women lose significant weight. But, they’re the most effective when part of a comprehensive weight-loss program that includes nutritional counseling.

As part of your weight-loss plan, our LoneStar Bariatrics team offers nutritional counseling with Allison Rezentes, MS, RD/LD. With her advanced training and qualifications as a dietitian, Allison can help you make healthier choices a part of your lifestyle. When combined with bariatric surgery, you can achieve long-term results with your weight-loss goals.

To see if bariatric surgery can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with LoneStar Bariatrics today.

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