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Weight Loss Surgery

Everything You Need to Know About Bariatric Surgery

DFW Bariatric Institute is overseen by experienced weight loss specialists, but we do more than perform bariatric surgery. We are committed to empowering patients by providing the knowledge and tools that they need to reclaim their health and renew their confidence. Whether you are just beginning to consider professional help for weight loss or you’ve been thinking about bariatric surgery for a long time, our experts explain the different types of weight loss procedures and everything you need to know when considering bariatric surgery.

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery refers to a range of weight loss surgeries that are designed to help people successfully lose weight in order to overcome obesity. While bariatric surgery is typically reserved for patients with severe obesity, there are also non-surgical procedures that are designed to help people who have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. In addition to significant weight loss benefits, bariatric surgery may also be recommended to treat a number of health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Learn more about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight.

Weight loss procedures generally utilize two methods to promote weight loss – Restriction and Malabsorption.

Types of Bariatric Surgeries and Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

There are a variety of weight loss procedures available, each with their own benefits and indications. If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is important to find a qualified bariatric surgeon in your area. An experienced weight loss specialist will help you determine which weight loss procedure may be right for you. Weight loss procedures include:

Bariatric Surgery Options

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure Options

Do I Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

There are several factors that determine if someone is a candidate for bariatric surgery. The most important qualification for bariatric surgery is a willingness to change your life and commit to healthier habits and significant lifestyle changes. The best way to figure out if bariatric surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a bariatric surgeon near you. One measurement that doctors use is a patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI). While candidacy will vary depending on the procedure type as well as a patient’s health and medical history, if your BMI is over 30 you may be a candidate for a bariatric procedure.

BMI Calculator


What does your BMI mean?

BMI < 20 under weight
BMI 20-24.9 healthy weight
BMI 25-29.9 over weight
BMI 30-34.9 obesity
BMI 35-39.9 severe obesity
BMI 40-49.9 morbid obesity
BMI > 50 super morbid obesity

Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?

Any surgery or medical procedure carries some risk, but bariatric surgery has a very favorable safety profile. Consider these facts:

Your individual risk for any procedure will depend on your medical history and overall health. Talk to an experienced bariatric surgeon about the potential risks of bariatric surgery.

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Yes, bariatric surgery may be covered by health insurance for qualifying individuals. Health insurance can be complicated and many prospective bariatric patients become overwhelmed trying to figure out the details of their insurance coverage. If you are interested in learning which procedures may be covered by your plan, fill out our Free Insurance Check form and one of our knowledgeable insurance coordinators.

Keep in mind that many health plans that do cover bariatric surgery also impose prerequisites or waiting periods. Patients who would like to avoid restrictions may opt to utilize financing in order to take advantage of the ease of a self-pay procedure. Additionally, some non-surgical weight loss procedures, such as gastric balloon, are not covered by health insurance. Learn about payment options at DFW Bariatric Institute.

How Much Does Bariatric Surgery Cost?

The cost of bariatric surgery and non-surgical weight loss procedures can vary depending on your individual medical needs. The prices at DFW Bariatric Institute are competitive, starting at $7,995 for gastric balloon. See our special pricing on self-pay packages. If you are comparing prices at bariatric surgery centers in your area, make sure to take into account what is included in the price, as well as the experience and reputation of the surgeon.

Bariatric Surgery Results and Life After Weight Loss Surgery

In order to achieve weight loss success, it is important that patients are prepared for the lifestyle changes that will be necessary. Before you begin your bariatric journey, you must understand that weight loss surgery is not an easy way out. Patients who do decide to have bariatric surgery often report that they have an improved quality of life and they are able to be more active and confident than ever before. Some of the health benefits that patients may experience include:

Learn more about life after weight loss surgery.

What Kind of Diet Will I Eat After Bariatric Surgery?

Food choices and calorie needs will vary depending on your lifestyle and the type of bariatric surgery you have, but the there are a few things that any successful post-bariatric diet will have in common:

 
Get our free six day meal plan and check our blog for bariatric friendly recipes.

Before and After – Bariatric Surgery Success Stories

We are honored to have helped so many people in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, as well as the many patients who have traveled to us, achieve their weight loss goals. If you are interested in learning more about life after weight loss surgery, view our bariatric patient testimonials to read testimonials, view before and after photos and see videos of real patient stories.

Take the Next Step

If you have any questions about bariatric surgery or non-surgical weight loss procedures, our team is here to help. Contact us to learn more about weight loss options, get a free insurance check, or schedule a consultation at one of our convenient offices in Colleyville, Frisco, or Rockwall, Texas.


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