Before Gastric Bypass Surgery
Determining Your Candidacy
Serious Health Problems: Morbidly obese individuals are classified as those who weigh twice what is considered the healthy body weight for their height. Read More.
- Candidates Must Be Considered Morbidly Obese: This means that the candidate has a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher with serious health problems that are related to their obesity, such as Sleep Apnea, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), type 2 Diabetes, and many more. Individuals suffering from morbid obesity are at risk for more than 30 co-morbid medical problems such as these. If a candidate’s BMI is 40 or greater he/she is considered a surgical candidate even without associated medical conditions because the risk of serious medical problems is so high.
- Candidates Must Have Tried to Lose Weight While Participating in a Documented, Formalized Weight Control Program: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is usually considered after all other options have been exhausted.
- Candidates Must Be Willing and Motivated to Make the Permanent Lifestyle Changes Necessary to Live a Healthier Life: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is not a quick-fix for obesity. Rather, it is a starting point toward a healthier lifestyle.
In addition, prospective patients should understand the procedure’s benefits and risks so that they can make a fully informed decision and achieve a successful surgical outcome. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnes, please contact our Dallas / Fort Worth area practice today.
Preparing for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
FitnessAn individual physical activity plan is an important step in preparing for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass priority surgery at our Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex-area practice. Exercise can help promote a patient’s ability to heal from injury or soreness as well as improve his or her flexibility and range of motion.
Behavioral CounselingYou must undergo a psychological screening with a Psychologist specializing in Bariatrics, prior to your procedure. This is designed to identify and help you cope with any issues that can negatively affect your weight loss goals. If serious mental health problems are identified, you can discuss treatment options with a Licensed Psychologist. Even when mentally healthy, you are encouraged to build a strong support network of family and friends, to help you achieve results that will last a lifetime. Many patients also enjoy the support offered from other weight loss surgery patients at support meetings, available to all of Dr. Gregory Barnes’s patients. A strong support system can help you achieve successful surgical results that last a lifetime.
Nutrition and Diet
You will need to undergo nutrition counseling with a Registered Dietitian to create an appropriate diet that meets both caloric and nutrient needs. Together with you, our Registered Dietitian will create a detailed diet program that will help prepare your body for this life-changing surgery. This is provided in a pre-operative class.
You will receive other important pre-operative as well as post-operative instructions, based on your specific situation and medical condition, during the initial consultation.
Contact Our Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgeon
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at our Dallas / Fort Worth-area facility can help you lose weight and reduce the risk of health problems brought on by morbid obesity. Dr. Gregory Barnes is happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about Roux-en-Y and any other procedure we offer, including LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, gastric sleeve surgery, and revision surgery. Please contact our weight loss surgeon for more information, or to schedule an appointment.