Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

There are many different types of surgical procedures that are categorized as metabolic and bariatric – all of which are used to effectively treat severe obesity and help patients continue to maintain a healthy weight for the long term. Our program is built on a passion for pursuing the most effective procedures and tools – using our strength as an academic clinic in collaboration with research at the University of Oklahoma to turn innovative science into long-lasting results.

We offer a variety of procedures – each used in conjunction with in-depth medical, nutritional, psychological and physical therapy evaluations to create long-term health and lifestyle changes.

 

Our procedures include:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The stomach is divided into two sections, with the smaller portion, or “pouch,” surgically attached to a portion of the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach and the duodenum. The newly created stomach pouch is smaller than the normal stomach and can only accommodate smaller quantities of food. In most cases, this procedure can be done laparoscopically, reducing incision size and helping to ease recovery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

A few small incisions are made in the abdomen, through which about 70 percent to 80 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining portion is stapled, forming a small, oblong tube shape. This new portion is called the “sleeve” and connects the esophagus to the small intestines – functioning as the new, much smaller stomach. Similar to bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy significantly reduces the quantity of food the stomach can accommodate. In most cases, this procedure can be done laparoscopically, reducing incision size and helping to ease recovery.

 


Program Requirements

To be evaluated as a candidate for bariatric surgery, prospective patients must complete the following:

• Attend one of our free information seminars

• Obtain pre-approval from an insurance provider or speak with one of our financial services specialists to discuss self-pay options

• Undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation with our bariatric nurse practitioner

• Study diet and exercise changes with our weight loss team

Our free information seminars are held twice a month and are open to everyone. To register or for more information, call 405-271-9448.