Clinically severe obesity is a chronic disease with serious health and life consequences, including lost jobs, higher insurance fees, and chronic disease. If conventional weight-loss strategies such as diet, exercise, and medication haven’t helped you achieve a healthier size, you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery. Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Jorge Rincon, offers a variety of procedures to accelerate your weight loss so you can get your life back. If you live in San Antonio or the surrounding area, call the office of Rincon Surgery or use the online booking agent to learn about your surgical weight-loss options.
Dr. Rincon evaluates your current health and commitment to your goals when considering whether you’re a candidate for weight-loss surgery. You may qualify for weight-loss surgery if:
Dr. Rincon performs a variety of weight-loss surgeries which all allow patients to achieve rapid and lasting weight loss. These include:
LAP-BAND surgery is one of the least invasive surgical options. Its benefits include:
The LAP-BAND itself is adjustable to tweak your rate of loss, but you must come in for frequent follow-up visits and fills. Lap bands can slip or prove ineffective in some patients.
Gastric bypass surgery has a high success rate with 75% of patients expected to lose 75-80% of their excess body weight. Patients who undergo the surgery are also expected to improve the symptoms of their medical conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, or resolve them altogether.
On the flip side, gastric bypass is major surgery and people with obesity face greater risk of complications during anesthesia and in recovery. For the surgery to be successful, you must be dedicated to the process and your new diet and lifestyle.
Gastric sleeve surgery is newer, so there’s less research on its long-term effects. But, it’s appropriate for people who can’t return for lap band fills or who found gastric banding ineffective for their goals. It does effectively reduce your appetite but is irreversible.