Weight loss surgery in El Paso, Texas
We know struggling with your weight can be a lifelong journey, and not everyone gets it — but we do, and we support you. Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare's bariatric clinics focus on compassionate, comprehensive treatment for the chronic underlying causes of obesity, including genetic factors, health, environment, state-of-mind and learned behavior.
We work tirelessly to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle. Our weight loss doctors cultivate a caring community of support and aftercare that is designed to give you the tools to succeed with long-lasting weight loss.
To make an appointment or learn more about our services, please call (915) 263-6950.
Who needs bariatric surgery?
When conventional methods have proven ineffective, weight loss surgery, otherwise known as bariatric surgery, can result in more improved, sustained weight loss and quality of life. If you are 100 pounds or more over your healthy body weight, bariatric surgery may be right for you, and we are happy to go over the best available options for your particular situation.
Nationally-recognized bariatric surgeons
We have been accredited by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, as well as the American College of Surgeons for their Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). These designations recognize our program’s commitments to positive surgical outcomes for you, as well as operating with the best surgical standards.
Obesity results from the excessive accumulation of fat that exceeds the healthy limits for your body's skeletal and physical standards. More specifically, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), if your Body Mass Index (BMI), or, the measurement of weight against your height, becomes higher than a BMI score of 30, you have obesity. If your score is above a 35, you are considered "severely obese."
Bariatric surgery may be an excellent option for you if you have obesity and experience one of the following conditions that obesity can be the catalyst for:
- High blood pressure
- Menstrual irregularities
- Respiratory problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- Urinary stress incontinence
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Bariatric surgery procedures we offer
While bariatric surgery should be considered a "last resort" after attempts at more conventional weight loss methods, such as regimented diet and exercise, we understand that is a necessity in many instances. When you meet with one of our dedicated weight loss doctors, we examine your overall wellness and determine the best possible pathway to success based on your health needs and potential goals.
Different body types and levels of overall health require different procedures, and at our clinics, we offer adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries. As a benefit to you, we also use laparoscopic, minimally invasive techniques so that you experience less pain, less blood loss and a quicker recovery.
Adjustable gastric banding
With gastric banding, our hope is that you are able to feel full after smaller-than-normal meals. Combining the physical effects of the surgery with prolonged exercise and commitment to smaller meals, you should be able to progressively lose weight and keep it off. However, it is important to know that the band will not restrict you from eating larger meals, so a dedication from you is necessary for the procedure to ultimately be effective.
Gastric banding, or, lap band surgery, is accomplished by placing a small device in your abdomen that wraps around the top of the stomach. We work with your individual physique to determine the optimal "tightness" so that you are as comfortable as possible.
Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)
While there are several types of gastric bypass surgery, the Roux-en-Y procedure is the most common. During the surgery, a small stomach pouch is created at the top of your stomach. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch so that food can bypass the lower stomach, limiting how much food you need to feel full.
Roux-en-Y is generally considered the procedure that brings about the most weight loss, as you may be able to lose about 70 percent or more of your excess weight within two years. It is most effective if you need to lose 130 pounds or more, have a BMI score greater than 35 and are experiencing supplemental conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea or severe acid reflux.
A gastric sleeve, or, sleeve gastrectomy procedure, also limits the amount of food you can eat but unlike gastric banding or bypass surgery, approximately 80 percent of your stomach ends up being removed, leaving behind a "sleeve" of stomach. By doing this, you experience hormonal adjustments and reduced food intake which informs your weight loss success moving forward.
Gastric sleeve is considered a treatment for metabolic syndrome, and is typically the best surgical avenue if you are experiencing fewer or less severe additional health complications, have had other abdominal surgeries or have less than 130 pounds to lose. Compared to gastric bypass procedures, gastric sleeve is considered less risky, generally resulting in less excess weight.