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When diet, exercise, and other weight-loss methods have failed, many people turn to bariatric surgery to lose weight. It's important to remember that for bariatric surgery to be successful, it will require effort on your part and the help and guidance of a team of experts.
MBSAQIP Accredited — Bariatric Surgery Center
UT Southwestern Medical Center is the largest medical center in North Texas and is a regional and national referral center.
Our bariatric specialists have performed more than 4,000 operations and trained more than 100 board-certified surgeons. Many currently practicing bariatric surgeons received their training at UT Southwestern.
Our expert bariatric surgeons collaborate with subspecialty leaders in anesthesiology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, and internal medicine to make sure you have full access to the best medical care.
We are an MBSAQIP Accredited — Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program and offer a full range of bariatric surgery procedures along with support services for pre- and postoperative patients.
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band)
- Revisional Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is also an effective prevention against the damages of being morbidly obese, enabling patients to live longer and with a better quality of life.
Bariatric Surgery Procedures
When one’s body mass index (BMI) reaches a point beyond 35, it is extremely difficult to maintain long-term weight loss without bariatric surgery.
When coupled with dietary changes and physical exercise, bariatric surgery is the only scientific, evidence-based, effective long-term solution for morbid obesity and its associated metabolic effects. It is the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes when compared to the best available medical therapy.
Bariatric Surgery Patient Essentials
Whether you're considering bariatric surgery, in the process of preparing for surgery, or if you've already had surgery, we want you to be as informed as possible.
Knowing what to expect throughout the entire bariatric surgery process – from preparing for the surgery through recovery and postoperative care – and finding answers to many frequently asked questions will help you along your journey towards achieving weight-loss success.
Payment for bariatric surgery is due prior to the surgery. We have options for patients who would like to set up a pre-payment plan. Please contact our financial counselors to discuss your benefits and payment options. To contact a financial counselor, dial 214-633-4036 and select option one.
How We're Different
We're a trusted, non-profit hospital with no quotasWe have been designated an MBSAQIP Accredited - Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). As a nonprofit hospital, UT Southwestern Medical Center ensures that high-quality patient care meets the community's needs. There are no quotas, and quality is of the utmost importance. Also, academically accredited bariatric centers like ours have been shown to lower complication rates, shorten hospital stays, and save on costs.
We stay current with the latest research
Our bariatric surgeons are involved not only in treating obesity but also studying the causes and preventive measures to truly understand how to achieve success in sustained, long-term weight loss. As a state-of-the-art research institution, we ensure that the latest technologies and advancements will be disclosed and accessible to better your experience.
We treat you like family
Developing a relationship with your bariatric team prior to surgery and continuing that partnership with regular follow-up visits are key to successful and safe weight loss. Bariatric surgery is a lifelong commitment. Your relationship with your bariatric center and surgeon should be a lifelong commitment, as well.
Our Bariatric Surgery Accomplishments
We are a regional and national referral center and have achieved many bariatric surgery milestones, including:
- First to perform gastric banding with single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) in North Texas (2008)
- First to perform laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band) in North Texas (2001)
- First to perform the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in North Texas (1999)
Attend a Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar
Attend one of our free, no-obligation bariatric surgery seminars to meet our team and learn about the procedures we offer. Our bariatric surgeons, dietitians, and other team members will explain each procedure, what you will need to do before and after surgery, and answer any questions you may have. To reserve your seat, please complete and submit the sign-up form.