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I'm just so, so very grateful that I got this sleeve with Dr. Veninga. I would absolutely do it again.- Kesha
Actual Patients of Dr. Veninga
Our Sleeve Gastrectomy Protocols page provides specific information about this weight loss surgery and how it helps our patients lose excess weight permanently.
Change Your Life with Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery performed by Dallas surgeon Frank D. Veninga uses advanced technology and techniques to induce significant weight reduction, helping patients to start a new chapter of health in their lives. If you would like to meet with Dr. Veninga to learn more about how you can benefit from bariatric surgery, schedule an appointment today.
Single-incision Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery alters the stomach, the intestines, or both to limit how much food you can eat and how many nutrients you absorb, ultimately leading to weight loss. Dr. Veninga specializes in laparoscopic surgery, which involves making tiny incisions in the abdomen. Single-incision bariatric surgery is a landmark advancement in this technique. During the procedure, Dr. Veninga will insert a laparoscope (a tiny camera attached to a flexible tube) through one small incision. This allows him to view the surgical site and surrounding tissues on a large monitor while making the necessary alterations. This approach results in a faster, more comfortable healing experience and less scarring.
Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of single-incision bariatric surgery in which Dr. Veninga removes approximately 85% of the stomach. Also called gastric sleeve, the name refers to the altered shape of the stomach, which resembles a sleeve or tube. Once the capacity of the stomach is reduced, patients experience a significant decrease in appetite, helping them better control their caloric intake. Dr. Veninga may recommend robotic surgery for this procedure.
Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
When combined with comprehensive lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery can provide long-term health benefits and a better quality of life. Bariatric surgery has been shown to help improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Weight loss also increases the ability to engage in more physical activity and exercise. These changes can lead to additional benefits such as improved self-esteem, reduced stress levels, and improvements in the ability of the body to burn fat.
After surgery, patients must follow Dr. Veninga’s recommendations in order to lose weight and avoid regaining weight. These include healthy changes in diet and regular exercise. Dietary changes actually begin before a patient undergoes surgery.
It is also important to understand that surgery itself cannot control personal factors that may prompt overeating or eating unhealthy foods. If you have used food in the past to cope with stress, you will need to find new outlets after surgery. Your weight loss team can make recommendations and help guide you in this process.
Bariatric surgery is intended for those who have not had success with other weight-loss treatments, such as diet, exercise, and medications. A candidate’s Body Mass Index (BMI) should be 40 or greater, though some candidates have a BMI as low as 35 if they also have serious weight-related health issues. It should also be noted that the typical BMI scale applies only to adults over the age of 20, and bariatric surgery is usually reserved for adults or older teenagers.
Equally important to BMI is the patient’s willingness to commit to making permanent lifestyle changes and meeting regularly with a physician to monitor their health for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Veninga is committed to helping patients understand their weight loss options and all aspects of treatment. Contact our office for more information on bariatric surgery and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Veninga.