Gastric Balloon

The balloon is placed into the stomach and filled with medical saline fluid until there is very little free space. Placement is done using a scope down the throat under IV anesthesia.  Recovery is quick.  Patients usually lose 15-30 pounds.*
(*Results may vary.)

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Gastric Balloon

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Gastric Sleeve has become the most popular bariatric operation because it is effective and because patient acceptance is high.  Most of the stomach is removed, resulting in smaller stomach capacity as well as reduced hunger through reduction of hunger hormones.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Gastric Bypass

The Gastric Bypass has been done since the early 1980’s and has an outstanding track record of safety and effectiveness. The Gastric Bypass is especially effective for correction of Diabetes and severe Heartburn/Reflux.

The stomach is significantly reduced in size, and food flow is re-routed to “bypass” the lower stomach and duodenum. Re-routing of the food leads to substantial correction of abnormal hunger and metabolic imbalance.

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Gastric Bypass

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD-DS) is the most intense bariatric operation that is performed in the U.S. Not only does it have a smaller stomach and metabolic appetite reduction, it also rearranges the intestine to intentionally reduce the normal absorption of food.

The BPD-DS has the most weight loss, but also a higher risk of vitamin/nutrition complications compared to the Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass.

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Weight Loss Revision

A revision operation is used to correct prior weight loss surgery that has failed. If you have unresolved complications or if you have not achieved your desired weight loss, a revision operation might be right for you.

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Weight Loss Revision

Adjustable Gastric Banding

Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery is one of the safest, most popular, and affordable medical weight loss procedures available. The surgery is performed by placing a band around the uppermost part of the stomach, thereby limiting the amount of food one can eat at a time.

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Adjustable Gastric Banding

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Every successful bariatric procedure helps people lose weight in two ways:

  • Smaller food capacity – every option leaves less space for food
  • Metabolic and hormonal changes to reduce the drive for excess fat storage

In other words, our bariatric procedures make it easy to become full with a small amount of healthy food, and they should also help our patients be satisfied with small amounts of food.

Currently, bariatric procedures are almost always done using minimally invasive techniques for the least pain, quickest recovery, and best visualization. In fact many of the laparoscopic techniques in use were first pioneered by Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who is the mentor of Sage Bariatrics founder Dr. Sonny Cavazos.

Together, our group has performed almost 10,000 bariatric operations. Our focus every day is to provide optimal bariatric surgical care, helping our patients get back the life they deserve.

Weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, was developed in the 1950′s and has been revised over time to be a safe and effective treatment for morbid obesity. The first laparoscopic gastric bypass was performed by Dr. Alan Wittgrove of San Diego, California (mentor to Dr. Cavazos, medical director) in 1993. In 2005, an estimated 175,000 people in the United States underwent bariatric surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Currently, there are two basic approaches to weight loss surgery: restrictive operations and operations that combine restriction and malabsorption. Restrictive procedures (such as a adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy) simply limit the amount of food that a person can eat at one time. Combination procedures (such as gastric bypass) help give patients the feeling of satisfaction from only a small amount of food and lessen the amount of calories that are absorbed from the food eaten. Read more about the different types of weight loss surgery in our Types of Surgery section. Bariatric surgery has proven to be not only the most successful method for weight loss, but is also responsible for the resolution or improvement of many other serious medical problems. For example, studies have shown a resolution of Diabetes in 83% of patients, and an 82% risk reduction for cardiovascular disease. Gastroesophageal Reflux is resolved in 72-98% of cases, as well as 74-98% of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There are several studies that are also showing a significant decrease in several cancers as well. Overall, there is a 30-40% reduction in 10-year mortality. Your surgery is only the first step towards your successful weight loss. Follow-up with our medical team is critical to ensure you maximize your weight loss and that you safely do it . Lab work needs to be done periodically to monitor your nutrition and vitamin levels, and regular post-op visits are necessary to make sure you are on the right track in terms of your diet, exercise, and behaviors. Weight loss surgery is a lifetime journey; not a one-time event. We look forward to helping you on this journey every step of the way..