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- Exercise is not making a difference?
- Do you often feel depressed because of your weight?
- Diets do not seem to be helping despite repeated efforts?
As a weight loss surgeon in El Paso, Texas for over 10 years, the one thing I’ve repeatedly seen is the indecisiveness patients often have when deciding on whether or not to move forward with weight loss surgery. Many people will spend years researching various articles, websites, and posts for information without ever taking action. I encourage you to take action by requesting an appointment with a professional such as myself as we move towards regaining control over your life.
El Paso Weight Loss Surgery Information
Weight loss surgery is indicated in patients with a Body Mass Index or BMI (need BMI calculator) of 35 or greater with two associated medical problems related to obesity or a BMI of 40. These operations are generally performed laparoscopically (through small incisions) and usually require one to two nights in the hospital.
2 Types of Procedures for Weight Loss Surgery in El Paso, TX
The gastric bypass is performed laparoscopically (through small incisions). A small pouch is created in the upper portion of the stomach, bringing up a piece of intestine and bypassing the distal stomach and a portion of the small intestine. The patient will generally lose about 70-80% of their extra body weight.
Dr. Clapp is a Gastric Bypass Surgeon in El Paso, TX.
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The sleeve gastrectomy is also performed laparoscopically and usually requires one night in the hospital. About 85-90% of the stomach is resected, changing the metabolic status of the patient resulting in a loss of about 70% of the extra body weight.
Revisional bariatric surgery - Sometimes patients need a previous surgery modified or revised. These are technically difficult operations that not all surgeons perform. Our surgeon has a wide experience with these complex procedures with good outcomes.
Dr. Benjamin Clapp MD FACS will determine which specific procedure is the best choice for you.
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery in El Paso
- Patients typically will lose 100 lbs.
- Most medical problems will improve with surgery, extending a patient’s life
- Patients often report improved quality of life following surgery
- Quicker recovery process as a result of smaller incisions made
- Dr. Benjamin Clapp has specialized in weight loss surgery for over 10 years
Weight Loss Surgery FAQ
Do the benefits of weight loss surgery last?
A new study has just emerged revealing that weight loss surgery not only helps people lose a significant amount of weight, but that the weight “appears to stay off for at least 10 years”. Details of the news may be found here.
Can I return home the day after surgery?
Patients typically must stay in the hospital for one to two days following surgery. Dr. Benjamin Clapp will leave you home with a list of post-operation directions that must be followed for a speedy recovery process and for the best results.
How soon may I eat food?
Expect to be on a liquid diet (including protein shakes) for the first two weeks following your surgery as your body heals. During week 3, you may shift to soft foods such as meatloaf, fish, eggs, etc. By week 4 you should be able to resume back to normal.
How much weight is lost from weight loss surgery?
Patients will generally lose – on average – 100 lbs. of extra body weight following the surgery. This number will vary from individual to individual.
Will I need to take time off from work?
Yes, this procedure will require you to take anywhere from 2-6 weeks off depending on what specific procedure is used and other factors.
Is Weight Loss Surgery in El Paso Right For You?
Not everyone is a good candidate for weight loss surgery in El Paso. No matter what information you read online, the absolute best way of finding out whether or not weight loss surgery is the right choice is to schedule an in person 1-on-1 consultation with our experienced weight loss surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Clapp.
To schedule an appointment or for cost & pricing information, please call (915) 351-6020 or conveniently request an appointment online.
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.
What to Expect
Weight loss surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach to physically reduce the amount of food you need to consume. The procedure also causes metabolic changes, such as changes in some hormone levels, which help to lower your appetite and boost insulin sensitivity. This is actually one of the benefits of bariatric surgery for diabetic patients.
Depending on the procedure, the doctor may remove 80% of your stomach, using the sleeve gastrectomy approach. This procedure is particularly suited for patients with a BMI of 35 to 40. Severely obese patients, on the other hand, use the gastric bypass approach, which 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.
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Most adults are good candidates of a weight loss procedure, though the first criteria that Dr. Clapp will look at is your BMI. Generally, people with mild obesity and BMI of 30 to 35, moderate obesity and BMI of 35 to 40, and severe obesity and BMI of over 40, are good candidates for weight loss surgery.
That said, you should 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.