15 Bariatric Surgery and Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) GERD is a short-term risk of bariatric surgery, but...
14 How Robotic Surgery Benefits Patients and Surgeons Our surgeon can help patients understand how robotic surgery...
13 The Weight Loss Timeline After Undergoing Bariatric Surgery After undergoing a bariatric surgery procedure, you will lose...
11 How Bariatric Surgery Can Help Address Sleep Apnea Obesity has been linked to sleep apnea, which is...
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.
Dr. Frank Veninga is an expert weight loss surgeon who specializes in abdominal surgery and morbid obesity treatments for residents of Dallas and all surrounding communities. He performs a full range of procedures using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques so that his patients can achieve optimal health. Our weight loss surgeon helps patients who require gallbladder surgery, Nissen fundoplication surgery, and a full spectrum of other abdominal procedures. Dr. Veninga has surgical privileges at the Baylor Medical Center, the Dallas Surgery Center, and Presbyterian Hospital of Plano. Dr. Veninga's extensive training and experience in abdominal procedures enable his patients to achieve the best results their efforts allow. To schedule a private consultation with Dr. Veninga, contact us today.
Dr. Veninga is fully dedicated to helping patients who suffer from the negative health and social effects of morbid obesity. Our weight loss surgeon has helped patients get permanent relief from this life-threatening condition with sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure, also called gastric sleeve or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, removes most of the stomach without altering the digestive tract. “Sleeve” refers to the tube- or sleeve-like shape of the altered stomach. The amount of food patients can intake in decreased, and hormonal changes resulting from the surgery is believed to reduce hunger. In many cases, this procedure is as effective as gastric bypass surgery, including having a positive effect on glucose homeostasis. Dr. Veninga may perform this procedure using robotic surgery.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
Gall bladder disease occurs when stones form from bile in the gallbladder, a small organ that sits below the liver. Gallbladder disease can cause extreme abdominal pain and even death.
Typical treatment for the disease is removal of the gallbladder. For nearly all patients, Dr. Veninga is able to perform gallbladder surgery using the tiny surgical camera called the laparoscope. Dr. Veninga makes several small (¼" to ½") incisions to the abdomen through which he inserts the laparoscope and the surgical instruments necessary to perform the surgery. The laparoscope projects an image of the body's inner structures on a monitor in the surgical suite, which allows Dr. Veninga to perform the surgery with minimal trauma to the patient. The laparoscopic method greatly reduces the discomfort, downtime, and expense for not only gallbladder surgery, but also for surgery to treat other conditions such as morbid obesity.
Nissen Fundoplication for Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) may occur because of several single or several contributory problems. The result is a chronic burning sensation in the chest and throat. GERD can limit food choices, affect sleeping, and be the source of ongoing discomfort and even permanent stricture of the esophagus. Dr. Veninga performs Nissen fundoplication surgery to end GERD in his non-obese patients who fail medical therapies and meet surgical criteria. In this laparoscopic procedure, Dr. Veninga wraps the fundus portion of the stomach around the esophagogastric region to prevent stomach acids from entering the esophagus.
Have you ever seen a basketball with split in the outer cover? The inner bladder bulges out because the firm outer cover has been breached. This is similar to what happens with a hernia. For any number of reasons, the inner wall of the abdomen develops a tear or weak spot, and the inner abdominal lining pushes through to create a small balloon-like sac. Hernias can affect both men and women, and they never heal by themselves. Symptoms can include severe pain, swelling, and redness. Dr. Veninga may use open or laparoscopic surgical techniques to repair a hernia. Patients can generally return home the day of the surgery if the hernia is small and uncomplicated.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed annually with colon cancer. Laparoscopic techniques for colon cancer have been developed. These require a hand-sized incision to remove the section of the colon involved, and patients generally recover more quickly that with larger incisions. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, Dr. Veninga can explain and provide treatment options using minimally invasive laparoscopic methods as well as open methods to help you fight your cancer.
Colonic Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Diverticulosis is a fairly common condition that often occurs in people as they age and in people who have a diet low in fiber. Bulging sacs called diverticula form in the large intestine where the blood vessels pierce the muscles forming the colon to reach the inner mucosa lining. These sacs usually cause no problems, and typically people aren't even aware that they are present. However, when a diverticulum becomes infected or inflamed, symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, and fever will occur. This condition, known as diverticulitis, can often be treated with antibiotics and changes in the diet. Serious cases, though, can require surgery. If possible, Dr. Veninga will perform the surgery laparoscopically. However, severe cases of emergency or recurrent diverticulitis can require the traditional open surgical method. If you are suffering from diverticulitis, Dr. Veninga will perform thorough tests to determine the extent of the disease before proceeding with the technique that will provide you the best results.
Contact Our Weight Loss Surgeon
At North Texas Bariatric, Dr. Veninga offers gastric sleeve surgery so individuals suffering from morbid obesity can get the help they need. Our weight loss surgeon also offers Lewisville, Plano, and all Texas residents advanced laparoscopic procedures for the treatment of gall bladder disease, hernias, colon cancer, and all other general surgical abdominal conditions. Contact North Texas Bariatric today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Veninga.