Surgical Weight Loss

In 1991, a National Institute of Health Consensus Conference stated that “only surgery has proven effective over the long term for most patients with clinically severe obesity.”

In the time since that report was issued, surgical weight loss has made tremendous advancements that have decreased recovery time and lowered the overall risk to those undergoing surgery. Both of these developments have helped countless patients feel more comfortable and confident with the procedures.

Surgery for clinically severe obesity has been endorsed by several leading medical organizations:

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • The American Medical Association
  • The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • American Association of Family Practitioners

If you are considering surgical options for weight loss, here is a brief description of the procedures we offer at our Wichita Falls center:

Laparoscopic Surgery (Minimally Invasive Surgery)

In minimally invasive surgery, also referred to as laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon uses five or six small incisions (each 1/4 and 1/2 inch long) to access the stomach and intestines. The laparoscope is a probe-like tool with a video camera attached. The surgeon inserts the laparoscope through the incisions and it provides a magnified view of the patient’s organs on a television monitor.

Gas is inserted to expand the abdomen and the entire operation is performed inside the abdomen. Surgeons are constantly finding ways to use ever-smaller incisions. This results in lower operative risk, reduction of post-operative pain and shortens hospital stays. Minimally invasive surgical techniques have reduced recovery times for many operations from weeks to days.

Factors Associated with Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery

  • Less post-op pain and patients are typically mobile much earlier than with open surgery
  • Significantly reduced incidence of wound complications
  • Minimal hospitalization of 1-2 days
  • Patients typically return to work in 1-2 weeks

If you are considering any weight loss surgical procedure, call United Regional Solutions for more information and consultation.