Quick Weight Loss with Bariatric Surgery

If you are overweight and are looking for quick weight loss, then a surgical weight loss procedure may be the right approach for you. 

At True Results, we have excellent quick weight loss centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix Tucson and St. Louis. Our centers are specially designed for outpatient bariatric procedures.  In addition to fast weight loss, our goal is for you to achieve long-lasting health -- for life.  

True Results specializes in the Lap Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy surgeries, and both can be performed in our outpatient centers.  We offer Lap Band procedures in all of our markets and the Sleeve Gastrectomy in all Texas and St. Louis markets.  True Results has the most experienced team of weight loss surgeons in America and they are experts in using advanced laparoscopic technology for same-day, outpatient weight loss procedures.

True Results also has relationships with affiliated hospitals that can be used when a patient's medical condition or insurance requirements warrants. 

If you would like to discuss your options for weight loss surgery, you can sign up for a Free Individual Consultation (on the form to the right column of this page).  Also, if you would like our insurance experts to verify your benefits, you can also take advantage of our Free Insurance Verification Service.

To help you understand the differences in the Lap Band Procedure, Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery and Gastric Bypass Surgery, this page provides a brief overview of each procedure. 

Lap Band Procedure

Lap Band Surgery IllustrationGastric banding, commonly known as a Lap Band procedure, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safe and effective weight loss. It is a silicone band – like a ring or belt – that is placed around the upper part of your stomach. 

It is designed to place a precise level of pressure on the nerves around the upper part of your stomach so they send signals to your brain that you are not hungry.  Because the band also constricts the upper portion of your stomach, you will eat less food at one time and still feel satisfied.

The Lap Band system includes a small access port that is safely placed under your skin.  The port is not visible and it is unlikely that anyone will know you have the Lap Band system, unless you tell them. 

The band is adjusted by adding or removing saline through this access port with a small needle to ensure it continues providing optimum weight loss results.  True Results has the most experienced team of weight loss surgeons in America and pioneered performing this procedure in an outpatient setting.

True Results offers the Lap Band procedure at all of its specialty weight loss centers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Phoenix, Tucson, St. Louis and Atlanta.

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 20% of its original size.

Gastric sleeve is a restrictive procedure where approximately 80% of the stomach is removed, creating a small vertical sleeve about the size of a small banana.  This procedure is not reversible.

This procedure limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. It allows for normal digestion and absorption. Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body.

The majority of sleeve gastrectomy procedures are performed using a laparoscopic technique, which is considered minimally invasive. This procedure can be done in an outpatient, same-day surgery center or an inpatient hospital setting.

True Results offers the Sleeve Gastrectomy throughout Texas and in St. Louis. 

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery involves the use of a stapling device that cuts and separates a small piece of the stomach (known as the "pouch") from the rest of the stomach.  This pouch becomes the new stomach and the rest is closed off permanently.

Then, depending on the procedure, the digestive tract is re-routed and the pouch is connected to one of two places: the middle portion of the small intestine (jejunum), or further down at the distal ileum. Both of these procedures bypass sections of the stomach and small intestine, reducing hunger, as well as absorption of nutrients and calories. This combination of effects contributes to the weight loss that occurs after surgery.

About half of gastric bypass operations are performed through open surgery, which requires a long incision to the abdomen. The other half is performed laparoscopically. Recovery from gastric bypass surgery is longer than Lap Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures.  This procedure is not reversible.

True Results does not offer the Gastric Bypass.

Weight Loss Surgery Comparison Chart**

The following chart summarizes some key facts about the different bariatric surgeries as well as the complications rates associated with each.  Specific concerns as they relate to your weight and medical conditions (co-morbidities) should be discussed with your True Results experts at your consultation as well as with your True Results surgeon. 

Lap Band Procedure

Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Silicone band placed around the upper part of stomach
  • No cutting or re-routing your digestive tract
  • Adjustable and reversible
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery permanently removes about 3/4 of stomach to create a small sleeve shaped stomach, about the size of a banana
  • Requires staple line to fasten remaining part of stomach
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery permanently cuts off top of stomach and connects it directly to your digestive tract
  • Requires multiple staple lines
  • Mal-absorptive procedure
  • Same-day, outpatient procedure
  • Can be performed as same-day, outpatient or in-patient hospital procedure
  • Requires in-patient hospital procedure
  • Lap Band can be adjusted for controlled weight loss
  • Aftercare program to support you and keep you on track with your weight loss goals
  • The smaller stomach size facilitates rapid, early weight loss
  • Aftercare is recommended for dietary advice, counseling, support and accountability
  • The smaller stomach pouch facilitates rapid weight loss
  • Doctor visits to monitor your weight and health
  • Requires routine vitamin shot

Complication Rate = 6%

Complications may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Band slippage
  • Stomach obstruction

Complication Rate = 18%
(3x greater than Lap Band)

Complications may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Staple line bleeding and leakages
  • Gastric strictures
  • Renal failure

Complication Rate = 24%
(4x greater than Lap Band)

Complications may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Internal bleeding
  • Uncontrollable dumping
  • Severe bowel obstructions
  • Vitamin deficiencies and hair loss

**The BOLD1 Facts About Weight Loss Surgery Total Complication Rates2 In Year 1

1 The Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal DatabaseSM (BOLDSM) was developed to help ensure ongoing compliance with the center of excellence (COE) programs it administers and develop general knowledge about optimal bariatric surgery practices. BOLD is now the largest and most comprehensive repository of clinical bariatric surgery patient information.

2  DeMaria EJ, Pate V, Warthen M, Winegar DA. Baseline data from American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery-designated Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence using the Bariatric Outcomes Longitudinal Database. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2010;6:347-355.

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    Chana Mills selected by listeners; nearly 18,000 votes cast

    Houston, Texas (November 10, 2009) — True Results, The New 93Q and Country Legends 97.1 announced live on-air November 10 that Chana Mills is the winner in the “Weight-Loss for Good” free Lap Band procedure contest. Mills was one of five finalists, which were chosen from among 600 Houstonians who completed online entries.

  • True Results, 93Q Announce Finalists for Free Lap Band Procedure

    Winner to be selected by listener vote, announced November 10

    Houston, Texas (October 28, 2009) -- True Results, The New 93Q and Country Legends 97.1 have announced the five finalists in the “Weight-Loss for Good” free Lap Band procedure contest. More than 600 Houstonians completed online entries and the finalists were chosen based on their personal stories and the difference the procedure can make in their quality of life and health.

  • True Results Surgery Center of Richardson receives reaccreditation from the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network

    DALLAS (October 5, 2009) – True Results, the nation’s most experienced LAP-BAND® provider, announced today the reaccredidation of its Surgery Center of Richardson by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN) Accreditation Program. This will be the second time the center has received this renewable, three year accreditation making it the longest standing accredited center in Texas and one of only two fully accredited outpatient centers currently in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

  • Dr. Christopher L. Reilly Joins the True Results of Houston Network as Newest Lap Band Surgeon

    True Results announced today that Christopher L. Reilly, MD has joined the True Results of Houston network as a lap band surgeon. Reilly has extensive expertise in laparoscopic surgery and brings to the table more than 12 years experience performing procedures in the Greater Houston area.

  • Lap Band Proven to Cure Type-II Diabetes

    Published: January 23, 2008
    Weight-loss surgery works much better than standard medical therapy as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes in obese people, the first study to compare the two approaches has found. Read More...
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  • Is The Lap Band Right For You? Take the Quiz.

    By Dr. Paul O’Brien, Medical Director

    The Lap Band has helped thousands of people lose weight gently and permanently. But how do you know if the Lap Band is the right weight loss solution for you

    That’s why I developed the Readiness Quiz – to help you evaluate if you should explore this weight loss solution further, quickly and in the privacy of your own home. 

  • True Results of San Antonio Receives Accreditation from AAAHC

    Only Dedicated Bariatric Surgery Center in San Antonio with Designation

    DALLAS (June 21, 2010) – True Results, the nation’s most experienced Lap Band provider, today announced its Turning Point Surgery Center of San Antonio has achieved the highest level of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).  The center received three-year accreditation and is the only dedicated bariatric surgery center in San Antonio accredited by AAAHC, which distinguishes it from many other facilities with a proven safe work environment and the highest quality patient care and safety. 

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    Being active when you’re trying to lose weight doesn’t have to mean running a marathon, pumping iron or taking aerobics every day. Although, now that you are taking off the pounds with the Lap Band, it’s certainly possible those things may be in your future. But to get started, put on your fuzzy slippers.