SOURCE: Texas Laparoscopic Consultants

September 12, 2012 06:01 ET

Bariatric Surgeons in Houston on Benefits of Band Revision Surgery

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2012) -  At their Houston weight loss surgery practice, Dr. Sherman Yu and Dr. Terry Scarborough say band revision procedures have risen in demand amongst patients who are looking for further results in their weight loss journey or seeking to address complications that may have occurred during a previous procedure. While less than one percent of the 15 million clinically-eligible morbidly obese people in the United States undergo a bariatric procedure, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) states that a weight loss operation may improve life expectancy by as much as 89%. Although initial bariatric procedures have been proven to provide effective results, Drs. Yu and Scarborough say undergoing a revision weight loss surgery procedure to correct any previously unmet concerns is an increasingly popular and effective way for patients to achieve a healthier life and a more enhanced outcome.

At their practice, Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, the Houston weight loss surgeons focus on a wide range of procedures designed to help give patients options to reduce the burdens of obesity and get back on track towards a healthy weight, offering treatments such as gastric bypass, gastric banding, and the gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy. When it comes to revision procedures, Drs. Yu and Scarborough say patients often associate the need for a revision secondary treatment with some mistake that has been made; however, the reality is that there may be several reasons why another operation may be beneficial for patients. They say the most important thing to remember is that while weight loss surgery can provide remarkable results, it is not an immediate fix and patients need to understand that the procedures are a serious commitment, requiring drastic lifestyle changes and an open mind. "To help ease anxiety, patients should seek experienced weight loss surgeons who do revisional surgeries and provide the full spectrum of bariatric procedures so that the surgery can be custom-tailored to the patient," says Dr. Yu.

When undergoing a procedure such as the LAP-BAND® Surgery or the gastric sleeve, Drs. Yu and Scarborough say the most common reason for needing a secondary treatment is often a result of the first procedure not being a right fit for the patient. Because each patient has different needs, they say finding the right course of action requires extensive experience and a highly individualized approach. Dr. Yu says patients who are in need of a LAP-BAND® revision or second procedure often complain of failed weight loss, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, limited dietary choices, weight loss plateau, or mechanical failure. He says although these symptoms can occur, they are rare and can typically be resolved through revision weight loss surgery:

"Surgeries such as gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or duodenal switch affect patients' hormones that control appetite (such as Ghrelin) or GLP-1, which influences insulin production and sensitivity. That's why they can be more effective in treating co-morbidities that still exist in patients even after weight loss from a gastric band, as band surgery doesn't affect these hormones and can actually increase the body's production of Ghrelin."

As one of the most successful procedures performed at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants, Drs. Yu and Scarborough say secondary bariatric surgery can be an effective solution to patient dissatisfaction with their initial procedure, when performed by an experienced and qualified weight loss surgeon. They stress the importance of consulting with a passionate and qualified practice before undergoing any type of treatment, in order to ensure the safest and highest quality results are achieved.

About Sherman C. Yu, MD

Dr. Sherman Yu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he served as Chief Resident in Surgery. Dr. Yu also completed a year-long fellowship in robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He has been selected as a Top Physician by Newsweek and H-Texas magazines. Dr. Yu is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association, and several other professional organizations. He has particular interest and skill in performing single incision band and sleeve procedures.

About Terry Scarborough, MD

A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Dr. Terry Scarborough completed his medical degree with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and his surgical residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, after which he received further training in a year-long laparoscopic surgery fellowship. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Southwestern Surgical Society, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Scarborough has also been recognized by H-Texas and Newsweek as a Top Physician.

Located at 1200 Binz Suite 950 in Houston, TX, Texas Laparoscopic Consultants can be reached at (713) 493-7700. The practice can also be contacted online via the website tlcsurgery.com, gastricsleevetx.com, or the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants Facebook page.

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