Are you tired of being overweight or obese? Being significantly overweight increases the chance of developing serious health complications such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. You may already have the beginnings of a serious disease in an early stage.
If you’ve tried every diet known to mankind and still can’t shed the weight, you may want to consider weight loss surgery.
At Turnquest Surgical Solutions, our board-certified general and bariatric surgeons, Dexter Turnquest, MD, and Victoria Chang, MD, have helped hundreds of patients just like you by performing bariatric weight loss surgery.
You’ve seen before and after photos and want results like that. As an added benefit, many of our patients reverse and stop weight-related disease in its tracks once they lose the weight.
Keep reading to learn how we can help you.
Difficulty with losing the pounds
Your fat cells make a hormone called leptin, which communicates with your brain to tell it that you’re no longer hungry when you’ve eaten enough. Being seriously overweight or obese stresses the leptin in your body to the point that it doesn’t respond normally.
Your brain doesn’t send the signal that you’re full, so you keep eating. Along with possible unresolved psychological and emotional problems, your body systems and habits conspire to keep you at an unhealthy weight.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
At Turnquest Surgical Solutions, we consult with you on your goals for weight loss. If you meet the following requirements, you’re likely a candidate for weight loss surgery:
- A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
- A BMI of 35 or more with a disease related to obesity such as high blood pressure or sleep apnea
- Previous failed weight loss attempts
- Commitment to change eating habits and lifestyle after bariatric surgery
We follow a protocol with each weight loss patient to help ensure a positive outcome after the operation.
We conduct a seminar followed by a one-on-one consultation with you to determine your eligibility for a surgical weight loss program.
What to expect with weight loss surgery
Before the surgery, you must participate in a supervised weight loss program for at least three months. Most insurance companies require this as a sign of good faith that you’re serious about weight loss.
We offer several weight loss surgeries. Based on your medical history and health condition, we choose the one best suited to you.
Weight loss surgery isn’t a one-and-done proposition. It’s a commitment to a lifelong change in eating habits. After the weight loss surgery, your stomach is much smaller, so you eat less at each meal. The surgery alters how you absorb food and limits your absorption to some degree. In other words, you feel full much sooner.
Depending on the type of surgery, we either place a band around your upper stomach, which restricts the amount of food you can consume, or we cordon off part of your stomach with gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery.
Because you can’t eat as much after surgery, you must make nutritious choices. Eating too many sugary or non-nutritious foods can make you sick. If you fill up on junk food, you may get diarrhea and nausea, become anemic, or suffer other health complications.
Contact us at one of our Houston, Texas, locations today to turn your life around and get on the path to better health.