Weight Loss Surgery Procedures at KMC
Kingwood Medical Center is proud to offer weight loss, also known as “bariatric,” surgery options to our community. At our hospital, our bariatric surgery team will help you choose the best option for you to meet your goals. Our full-time bariatric program manager can give you more information on any of the weight-loss surgeries we perform, including:
- Sleeve gastrectomy surgery: The surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach that is slightly larger than the pouch created during gastric bypass. This surgery is completed laparoscopically and permanently reduces the size of the stomach by about 85 percent.
- Gastric bypass surgery: By rerouting a portion of the intestine, the surgeon is able to create a small stomach pouch that empties directly into the lower portion of the intestine, preventing calories from being absorbed. After surgery, many weight-related conditions (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol) can show rapid improvement.
Am I a candidate?
- Weigh 100 lbs. or more over the ideal body weight for your height, or
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
- Are at least 18 years old
- Ability to understand the risks of surgery and changes that will need to be made afterward
- No alcohol abuse or drug use
Steps for Bariatric Surgery
It is important and beneficial for bariatric surgery candidates to properly prepare for surgery. Here is a general overview of the required steps before surgery:
- Consult with bariatric surgeon who will refer you and set up appointments for a dietician and psychologist
- If weight loss documentation is required, you would meet with a dietician or physician for 3 to 6 months and follow a diet and exercise program provided to you (4 months of supervised diet for Medicare patients; 6 months for Medicaid patients; varies for private insurance)
- Dietary evaluation (one-time visit explaining your diet after surgery)
- Psychological clearance
- Medical clearance (The bariatric surgeon will give you orders to give to your family doctor)
- Depending on you medical history, you may need clearance from a cardiologist and/or pulmonologist
- Check for any stomach or anatomical abnormalities
- When clearances are completed, your paperwork will be submitted for approval
- Surgery can be scheduled after approval
If you have questions or would like more information about bariatrics surgery, we invite you to call our bariatric program manager at 281-348-8961.
Location: 22999 US Highway 59 N, Kingwood, TX 77339