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Bariatric surgery in Greater Houston and East Texas

Find all your weight loss needs—and everything in between—right here.

St. Luke’s Health is committed to advancing bariatric medicine while helping our communities grow healthier and stronger. Our expertise and our belief in the power of humankindness allow us to care for patients with some of the most complex conditions. 

Our experienced board-certified bariatric surgeons serve patients throughout our health system. No matter where you live or which location you choose, you can trust that we will provide the same patient-centered standards of quality care to everyone.

According to our philosophy, weight loss procedures are the start of a new life. Obesity can keep you from doing what you enjoy. No matter where you are in terms of personal milestones—starting a family, excelling in your career, or enjoying retirement—surgical and non-surgical bariatric options can greatly enhance your quality of life.

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Bariatric surgery options at St. Luke's Health

Bariatric procedures have proven successful for decades, and for many, the benefits far offset the risks. It is important to select a surgeon with experience in all specialized procedures, including non-surgical options, to find what is best for you. Our team is comprised of experienced surgeons who are recognized for their accomplishments in the field.

You should consider your lifestyle, health, and existing conditions. Together, we can carefully evaluate circumstances to determine the best options for you. Read our patient testimonials for firsthand insights of people from a variety of backgrounds who decided a bariatric procedure was right for them.

  • Gastric bypass surgery

    This weight loss procedure involves creating a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting a portion of the small intestine to reduce food intake and nutrient absorption, leading to significant weight loss.

    Learn about this procedure
  • Gastric sleeve

    Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller, banana-shaped stomach pouch to limit food intake and aid in weight loss.

    Learn about this procedure

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Our experienced weight loss team is here for you every step of the way.

Success rate, insurance qualification, surgery eligibility, and payment are important when making a decision. Given the complexity of these factors, we should discuss the options together. Attend one of our informational seminars at St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital, St. Luke's Health - Sugar Land Hospital, St. Luke’s Health–Patients Medical Center in Pasadena, or Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. By taking the initial step, you are moving closer toward a life without limits.

Frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery

  • Previous attempts at weight loss have not been successful
  • No medical or psychological conditions exist that would make surgery too risky
  • Patient is motivated and willing to undergo surgery and a complete change in lifestyle
  • BMI (body mass index) is 40 or above
  • BMI is 35 or above with the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, or other serious complications of obesity.

Bariatric surgery is generally safe when performed by experienced surgeons in accredited facilities. Like any surgery, it carries some risks, which should be discussed thoroughly with your St. Luke's Health weight loss team.

Most patients have a lot of questions about the type of procedures as well as the risks and complications. The first step is to attend a seminar, put on by one of our surgeons. Seminars are FREE, last about 90 minutes, and give you the opportunity to hear the information first-hand, as well as have your questions answered directly.

We recommend that you bring someone who will be your support person throughout your weight loss journey. Emotional support can be crucial during your weight loss journey. It's important to establish a support system that includes family, friends, or support groups

After bariatric surgery, individuals must make lifelong changes to their diet, exercise regularly, and adhere to post-operative guidelines. This includes consuming smaller, nutritious meals and taking vitamin supplements.

Recovery times vary by procedure and individual. Most patients can return to work within a few weeks, but it may take several months to fully recover and adapt to dietary changes.

Insurance coverage varies by provider and policy. Some insurance plans may cover bariatric surgery if specific criteria are met, while others may require prior authorization.

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