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Preparing for gastric bypass weight loss surgery

Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, we expect you to have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Generally, not every overweight individual is a good candidate for bariatric surgery. However, any person whose health has been affected by their extra weight, or who has failed to shed the fat by other means may be eligible.

Bariatric surgery is a fast, safe, and effective way to not only reduce weight, but also ward off the dangers of obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others. Dr. Benjamin Clapp MD FACS recommends that patients consider bariatric surgery when dealing with moderate obesity, and a BMI between 35 and 40, rather than waiting until their BMI is over 40 or even 50 when the patient is less likely to enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.

There are many different approaches to bariatric surgery, though the most common ones are:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy – Used by around 60 – 70% of obese patients, the procedure requires the doctor to remove 80% of your stomach. This procedure is particularly suited for patients with a BMI of 35 to 40.
  • Gastric bypass – This procedure is recommended for severely obese patients. It involves bisecting the stomach and small intestines into two segments, and then linking the smaller ones together to reduce both your food intake and absorption in the intestines. It can result in 60-80% excess weight loss, with long-term results that extend over 20 years after surgery. The procedure also helps to resolve most obesity-related health problems.

Please keep in mind that surgery is usually considered as a last resort, when diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes fail. The weight loss from surgery typically ranges from 40 to 80% of your “excess” weight.

Keep in mind that the results vary for different patients depending on motivation, how close they follow the doctor’s recommendations, and on-going support. Most of the weight loss occurs during the first few months after surgery, and continues for 12-18 months post bariatric surgery.

Final note

Surgical weight loss programs are focused on delivering long-term health, and include a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more. All these components are necessary for great success and keeping the extra weight off for life.

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Finding a Gastric Bypass Specialist in El Paso

Weight loss surgery solutions can help you lose weight when diet and exercise fail to provide the results you want.

Managing obesity is not simply a matter of changing your appearance and getting rid of the extra weight. Being overweight is often associated with a large number of health issues that range from high blood pressure and heart disease to joint problems and depression to infertility.

Why choose surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an effective way to reduce your weight while warding off the dangers of obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others. Weight loss surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach to directly reduce your food intake. The procedure also causes changes in your appetizing hormone levels, which helps to lower your appetite and boost insulin sensitivity, which often causes diabetes remission.  

There are many different approaches to bariatric surgery, though Dr. Dr. Benjamin Clapp recommends Gastric Bypass for severely obese patients. This procedure involves bisecting the stomach and small intestines into two segments, and then linking the smaller ones together to reduce both your food intake and absorption in the intestines. It can result in 60-80% excess weight loss, with long-term results that extend over 20 years after surgery. The procedure also helps to resolve most obesity-related health problems.

What to Expect

Our comprehensive surgical weight loss program is focused on delivering long-term health, and includes a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more.

Dr. Clapp will determine if you’re a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery. For this, you can expect:

  • A complete psychological assessment by a specialist
  • A pre-surgery dietary assessment by a dietitian
  • A comprehensive exercise assessment and program development
  • A dedicated team of compassionate physicians and professional care before and after your surgery

Gastric Bypass surgery can help you get rid of a substantial amount of weight, and also improve your overall health and quality of life, enhancing your well-being and possibly adding years to your life. Please visit us today to learn more about this procedure.

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All you need to know about Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Generally, not every overweight individual is a good candidate for bariatric surgery. And managing obesity is not simply a matter of changing your appearance and getting rid of the extra weight. It will also help to improve your overall health and quality of life, enhancing your well-being and possibly adding years to your life.

Surgical weight loss programs are focused on delivering long-term health, and include a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more. All these components are necessary for great success and keeping the extra weight off for life.

That said, surgery is almost always a last resort when other non-invasive remedies fail to deliver the results you want. Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, it is expected that have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Following the procedure, you can lose between 40 and 80% of your “excess” weight.

But the end results vary for different patients depending on several factors, including:

  • Motivation
  • How close you follow the doctor’s recommendations
  • On-going support

Most of the weight loss occurs during the first few months after surgery, and continues for 12-18 months post bariatric surgery.

What to Expect

Your bariatric surgery team will provide a comprehensive surgical weight loss program that focuses on delivering long-term health, and includes a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more.

Some of the pre-surgery assessments include:

  • A complete psychological assessment by a specialist
  • A pre-surgery dietary assessment by a dietitian
  • A comprehensive exercise assessment and program development
  • Review by a dedicated team of compassionate physicians and professional care before and after your surgery

Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, we expect you to have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Clapp to discuss your specific weight loss goals and the best bariatric weight loss surgery for your case.

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What is Bariatric Surgery?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one out of every three Americans may be a good candidate for Weight loss surgery. Medically known as bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery is recommended for patients suffering from severe obesity, meaning that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above.

Most people are good candidates of a weight loss procedure, though the first criteria that physicians look at is your BMI. There are three main categories of people who can benefit from bariatric surgery:

  • People with mild obesity and BMI of 30 to 35
  • People with moderate obesity and BMI of 35 to 40
  • People with severe obesity and BMI of over 40

Physicians recommend that patients consider bariatric surgery when dealing with moderate obesity, and a BMI between 35 and 40, rather than waiting until their BMI is over 40 or even 50 when the patient is less likely to enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.

Who choose surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a fast, safe, and effective way to reduce your weight while warding off the dangers of obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others.

Weight loss surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach to directly reduce your food intake. The procedure also causes changes in your appetizing hormone levels, which helps to lower your appetite and boost insulin sensitivity, which often causes diabetes remission.  

There are many different approaches to bariatric surgery, though the most common ones are:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy – Used by around 60 – 70% of obese patients, the procedure requires the doctor to remove 80% of your stomach. This procedure is particularly suited for patients with a BMI of 35 to 40.
  • Gastric bypass – This procedure is recommended for severely obese patients. It involves bisecting the stomach and small intestines into two segments, and then linking the smaller ones together to reduce both your food intake and absorption in the intestines.

Bariatric surgery is a fast, safe, and effective way to not only reduce weight, but also ward off the dangers of obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others. Surgeons recommend that patients consider bariatric surgery when dealing with moderate obesity, and a BMI between 35 and 40, rather than waiting until their BMI is over 40 or even 50 when the patient is less likely to enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.

Keep in mind that surgery is almost always a last resort, where diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes are ineffective. But after the procedure, you will need to adjust your lifestyle choices.

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Is El Paso Bariatric Surgery for you?

The best candidates for El Paso bariatric surgery are people who are overweight or those seeking for minimally invasive weight loss surgery procedure in El Paso. However El Paso bariatric surgery is good for you if:

  • You are unable to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a long period of time despite your weight loss efforts
  • You are more than 100 pounds overweight
  • You’re too busy to dedicate time for traditional weight loss programs
  • You’re having increased difficulty in weight loss due to pregnancy or after bearing children

Dr. Clapp is committed to helping you achieve immense body transformation through high quality weight loss surgery at our state-of the art El Paso bariatric surgery center.

Why Choose Dr. Benjamin Clapp

When you come for bariatric surgery in El Paso expect the following:

  • You’ll be treated respectfully and with care
  • You’ll be seen at your scheduled time without unnecessary waiting lines
  • Dr. Clapp and his dedicated staff will explain everything in detail to ensure you fully understand all things that pertain to your treatment.
  • You’ll be comfortable throughout the duration of your appointment and treatment

Schedule an Appointment

For more information about our El Paso bariatric surgery practice or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Clapp, please contact us or call our office at (915)-351-6020.

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What are the early signs of colon cancer?

Colon cancer is one of those conditions you may never know you have until its symptoms are full blown. Most people just choose to ignore the risk of colon cancer because, apparently, they are too young to develop it. Well, according to a recent study, people in their 20s and 30s are almost as likely to develop colorectal cancer as their counterparts 40 years and older – a trend that has been attributed to the general rise in the obesity epidemic.

Fortunately, cancer in your intestines can be successfully removed and your health restored if you are diagnosed in time. Consider seeing a cancer doctor for testing if you have any of the following symptoms:

Blood in stool

Blood in stool is among the earliest signs of colon cancer. Inform your doctor if you see blood in your stool or on the toilet paper. It can be a frequent or intermittent sight, so don’t assume you are okay if you don’t see it again for several days to a few weeks.

Anemia

You are likely to lose blood gradually as the tumor in your colon or rectum bleeds. Patients may not realize they are losing blood and iron, but blood tests may reveal a lack of enough red blood cells.

Abdominal pain

Tumors could cause blockages and injuries in the colon, leading to unusual pain in the abdominal area. Your doctor will examine the type of pain you are experiencing to determine if colon cancer is behind it.

Change in stool caliber

Narrow stool could be a sign of a tumor in the colon or rectum. Other changes in a bowel movement to watch out for include constipation and recurrent diarrhea.

Get screened today

Screening for colon cancer should begin at 50. However, if you experience any of the above signs or have risk factors such as a family history of cancer, consider getting checked regardless of your age. Contact El Paso Bariatric Surgery today for a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and treatment.

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When should you consider weight loss surgery?

Patients with a body mass index of over 35 are considered eligible for weight loss surgery. You must also have tried traditional weight loss methods before settling for bariatric surgery. If you have a high risk for an obesity-induced disease or have a life-threatening disease, you may be considered a good candidate.

Other guidelines may include obesity that has not receded for more than five years with the patient having no history of drug or alcohol abuse or an untreated psychiatric disorder. As regards age, everyone is eligible, though common candidates are between the ages of 18 and 65 years old.

What to expect from a weight loss surgery

You’re only considered a good weight loss surgery candidate if your chances of positive results are realistic. Also, the surgery should not pose a significant threat to your health. It should, instead, improve your appearance and health, and change your quality of life in the long run.

Of course, the surgery may not solely guarantee to turn your life around. The surgeon may require that you make certain behavior and lifestyle modifications to complement the results and ensure they last. You may even be recommended to consider additional clinical procedures and medications.

Common complementary procedures include breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and abdominoplasty, all of which are dedicated to treating fat, improve loose muscles, lift sagging areas and remove excess skin.

Does weight loss surgery have substitutes?

Since surgeons won’t consider bariatric surgery unless other treatments have failed, it is important to know all your other alternatives. The most common weight loss techniques are exercise and diet modification. These should be considered with the guidance of a weight loss doctor before resorting to surgery. Other procedures include liposuction and a tummy tuck.

Call us today to schedule an appointment with our weight loss surgeon, who will help assess your candidature for weight loss surgery.

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How much weight can you lose with bariatric surgery?

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Bariatric or weight loss surgery is usually recommended to help individuals lose weight when diet and exercise fail to provide the results they want, or when they begin to experience health complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, infertility, depression, joint problems, and others due to being overweight.

Surgery is almost always a last resort when other non-invasive remedies fail to deliver the results you want. Before taking the step to get rid of your weight surgically, it is expected that have done as much research as possible about bariatric surgery. Generally, not every overweight individual is a good candidate for bariatric surgery. And managing obesity is not simply a matter of changing your appearance and getting rid of the extra weight.

It will also help to improve your overall health and quality of life, enhancing your well-being and possibly adding years to your life.

But how much weight can you expect to shed?

First, the amount of weight loss depends on the type of bariatric surgery you choose and your general health. That said, the weight loss typically ranges from 40 to 80% of your “excess” weight.

So, a 6 foot 2 patient weighing 400 lbs, and whose ideal weight is 195 pounds may wish to shed 205 lbs of excess weight. With the adjustable gastric band, this patient may lose 40-50% of the excess weight (80-102 lbs); 60 – 65% with a gastric sleeve (about 120 lbs); or 75-80%  with a gastric bypass (about 160 lbs).

Keep in mind that the results vary for different patients depending on motivation, how close they follow the doctor’s recommendations, and on-going support. Most of the weight loss occurs during the first few months after surgery and continues for 12-18 months post bariatric surgery.

Final note

Surgical weight loss programs are focused on delivering long-term health and include a number of activities before your surgery, as well as post-operative care, a customized workout routine, nutritional counseling, support groups, and more. All these components are necessary for great success and keeping the extra weight off for life.

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How much do you have to weigh to have weight loss surgery?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one out of every three Americans may be a good candidate for Weight loss surgery. Medically known as bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery is recommended for patients suffering from severe obesity, meaning that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above.

Most adults are good candidates for a weight loss procedure, though the first criteria that physicians look at are your BMI. There are three main categories of people who can benefit from bariatric surgery:

  • People with mild obesity and BMI of 30 to 35
  • People with moderate obesity and BMI of 35 to 40
  • People with severe obesity and BMI of over 40

Physicians recommend that patients consider bariatric surgery when dealing with moderate obesity, and a BMI between 35 and 40, rather than waiting until their BMI is over 40 or even 50 when the patient is less likely to enjoy the full benefits of the procedure.

Why choose surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a fast, safe, and effective way to reduce your weight while warding off the dangers of obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, among others.

Weight loss surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach to directly reduce your food intake. The procedure also causes changes in your appetizing hormone levels, which helps to lower your appetite and boost insulin sensitivity, which often causes diabetes remission.  

There are many different approaches to bariatric surgery, though the most common ones are:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy – Used by around 60 – 70% of obese patients, the procedure requires the doctor to remove 80% of your stomach. This procedure is particularly suited for patients with a BMI of 35 to 40.
  • Gastric bypass – This procedure is recommended for severely obese patients. It involves bisecting the stomach and small intestines into two segments and then linking the smaller ones together to reduce both your food intake and absorption in the intestines.

Please keep in mind that surgery is usually considered as a last resort, when diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes fail.

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What is Colorectal Surgery In El Paso?

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Colorectal surgery in El Paso is a field of medicine that focuses on repairing the damage caused by disorders in the rectum, colon, and anus. You may also require colorectal surgery when there is an obstruction or injury or ischemia or blockages that are preventing the normal elimination of feces from your body.

What do colorectal surgeons do?

A colorectal surgeon also called colon and rectal surgeon is a medical practitioner who specializes in the medical and surgical treatments of disorders that affect the lower digestive tract, namely colon, rectum, and anus.

You should see a colorectal specialist when you develop symptoms of the following disorders:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohns’ disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Anal fissures
  • Bowel incontinence

Why Choose Dr. Benjamin Clapp Reflux Surgeon in El Paso?

Dr. Clapp is committed to providing individualized care for each patient, as he understands that each and every client requires different needs.

When you come for our colorectal surgery in El Paso expect the following:

  • You’ll be treated respectfully and with care
  • You’ll be seen at your scheduled time without unnecessary waiting lines
  • Dr. Benjamin Clapp and his dedicated staff will explain everything in detail to ensure you fully understand all the things that pertain to your treatment.
  • You’ll be comfortable throughout the duration of your appointment and treatment

Learn More about Colorectal Surgery in El Paso.

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