WHERE TO START: WONDERING IF THIS

IS FOR YOU?

Bariatric surgery is not designed to produce a cosmetic result but, rather, a health-related result. Bariatric surgery is a tool that helps patients who are experiencing health problems due to their obesity. These surgeries will help those who qualify become their healthiest selves that they could not reach by diet and exercise alone.

  • Defining Obesity
  • BMI Calculator
  • Am I A Candidate?
  • Why Us?
  • Success Stories
  • Begin

Defining Obesity

The Center for Disease Control reports that 40% of Americans are clinically obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. have connections to obesity. These include heart disease, cancer (breast and colon), stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Nephritis, and suicide.

It's Not Just About Body Image

Obesity is not an issue with body image as much as a metabolic disease. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, or acid reflux disease and you have a BMI of at least 40, you could be obese and eligible for bariatric surgery. Obesity can be the cause of these complications as well as colon, breast, and endometrial cancer.

With the myriad of complications that come with obesity, it has become less of an issue and more of a life-threatening matter. It’s essential that if you are obese and having trouble with losing weight, you see a doctor and examine options that could help you lose weight.

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am i a candidate?

When looking at the option of bariatric surgery, make sure that this is the best choice possible for your weight loss needs. Candidates who have struggled with obesity and its associated medical problems while have difficulty losing weight are prime candidates for weight loss surgery. If you have undergone weight loss surgery and are having complications with it, then reach out to the office or your doctor, and we can make corrections to any issues you are experiencing.

Candidates for bariatric surgery should be experiencing one of the following:

  • Your attempts at documented weight loss have been unsuccessful.
  • You have been morbidly obese for at least three years.
  • You are obese or have a BMI of 40 or higher, or you have a BMI of 35-39.9 with one of the following related to your obesity: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, diabetes, joint pain, or acid reflux disease.
  • You are healthy enough to undergo a significant elective operation.

Candidates should have the following:

  • Motivated commitment to making lifestyle changes like healthier eating habits, healthier food choices, and more physical activity.

Candidates should NOT have the following:

  • Significant heart disease
  • Active peptic ulcer disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug abuse
  • Hepatic cirrhosis with impaired liver function
  • Serious psychiatric disability
  • Very poor overall health

Post Surgery

After surgery, you can expect to experience a reduction in hunger, and you will not be able to eat as much food as you could before. However, surgery is not a quick fix for your obesity. You will have to undergo strict lifestyle changes to reach your goal weight. Commitment to your diet and exercise regimen is paramount for success and long-term fulfillment.

These types of surgeries require a commitment to post-operation diets and exercise programs. If you are unable to follow the programs, then you could cause severe damage to your body. Please put serious thought into your commitment to this process before consulting your doctor. Your doctor can evaluate your candidacy for bariatric surgery after you have considered your options and are still interested in this process.

Why us?

At West Texas Bariatrics, we are focused on more than just weight loss for our clients. The medical problems that develop with obesity are our main focus and by seeing those symptoms improve or even resolve completely, our patients are able to do more of what they could not do before surgery. Our clients have more energy and confidence to spend more time with their family and go outside more than they could before and that is our main goal.

Success Stories

Andrea Taylor Before and After Healthy Lifestyle Journey

I have struggled with my weight since I was 18. My weight became more of an issue as I got older. I tried every diet and exercise program on the market but I was only able to lose about 20 pounds. When I heard about Dr. Eggl, I discussed it with my husband and we went to a seminar at Dr. Eggl’s office. I had the elective gastric bypass surgery November 10th, 2015. I am now 53 years old and feel like I got 30 years of my life back.

Bena Damgaard Before and After Losing 158 lbs

Weight loss surgery was not something I rushed into. I gave it a lot of thought prior to deciding I wanted to have gastric bypass. That’s when I met with Dr. Eggl. I felt confident in his abilities and more importantly, I could tell that he was invested in his patients. I am so glad that I went to Dr. Eggl. He was amazing throughout the entire process. In the past year, I have lost 158lbs. More importantly, I’m living a healthy, active life with my family.

Jamie Cunningham

Dear Dr. Eggl,

I can never be grateful enough or thank you enough for what you did for me. It was nothing short of miraculous. I’m pretty sure you saved my life and I promise you I will do everything I can to honor my new stomach for the rest of my life. Only 25 more pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. I am in awe of your skill set!!!

Begin

You will meet with one of our physicians for your initial consultation to describe to you your options and process for weight loss. After your consultation, you will meet with a dietician and discuss your current diet and what you will be eating after surgery. You will then need to obtain psychological clearance for bariatric surgery. Any diagnostic testing will occur after you are cleared for surgery. You will then attend an education class on nutrition and expectations of surgery before going on your pre-surgery diet.

To start the process to a healthier you, please fill out our form by clicking the button below:

PROCEDURES OFFERED

Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve

Reduce the size of the stomach to control your hunger and weight.

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Gastric Bypass

Trim food intake with bypass surgery.

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Lap-band®

Restrict your intake with Lap-Band® surgery.

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orbera® Balloon

Stop overeating by filling your stomach.

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know what you can expect

Our free seminars are designed to meet any concerns you have and give accurate information into what you can expect from each type of bariatric surgery. This time is created for you to bring any questions you have for our physician to answer.

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