Bariatric Weight Loss Procedures

Obesity is one of Houston’s biggest problems, and many patients are well aware that dieting, medication, and exercise routines don’t always work. If you’re clinically overweight and have been unsuccessful with other weight loss treatments, bariatric surgery might be the right option for you.

Patients eligible for weight loss surgery in Houston, Texas typically have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Women with a BMI of 40 are approximately 80 pounds over ideal body weight, and men with a BMI of 40 are typically 100 pounds over ideal body weight. Weight loss surgery may also be an option for slightly less overweight patients who suffer from life-threatening health problems including diabetes, obesity-related heart disease, and severe sleep apnea.

Weight loss surgery helps patients lose weight by restricting food intake and limiting the digestive process. After surgery, patients typically experience quick weight loss.

Bariatric Surgery Options

Sleeve surgery and lap-band surgery are two bariatric weight loss procedures that have become popular in recent years. Dr. Ahmad offers both to patients in the Houston area and will custom-tailor weight loss plans to each patient’s unique needs.

Long-term success  of these procedures depends heavily on continual weight management, education, personal motivation, and lifestyle commitments. Regular nutritional follow-ups are also necessary, as bariatric patients may be required to take dietary supplements. Weight loss surgery should not be taken lightly, as it requires a serious physical and emotional commitment. Surgery is only the first step towards long-term weight management.

Bariatric Surgery Statstics

Studies show that the most successful patients commit to healthy eating habits, maintain a nutritional supplement regimen, and follow-up with routine blood work. Lack of exercise, poor nutritional planning, eating processed carbohydrates, and drinking carbonated beverages are some of the most common reasons why bariatric patients regain weight.

Bariatric surgery, as a primary treatment for weight loss, is proven for the following:

1. Class III obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2)

2. Class II obesity (BMI 35-39.9 kg/m2) in the presence of one or more of the following comorbidities: 

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g., stroke, myocardial infarction, stable or unstable angina pectoris, hypertension or coronary artery bypass)
  • Life-threatening cardiopulmonary problems (e.g., severe sleep apnea, Pickwickian syndrome, obesity-related cardiomyopathy)

Weight loss surgery is a difficult and often complex decision. Dr. Ahmad and his team take a comprehensive approach to help patients find the best possible opportunities to succeed and fight obesity for the long-term. Your happiness and health are his top priorities, and he will work with you to find a solution that is best for your lifestyle and needs.