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Morbid Obesity Treatments Dallas

Dr. Frank Veninga is an expert weight loss surgeon who specializes in abdominal surgery. 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 from Lewisville, Plano, Dallas, and all surrounding communities who require gallbladder surgery, Nissen fundoplication surgery, and a full spectrum of other abdominal procedures. Dr. Veninga also performs the very effective LAP-BAND® System surgery for morbid obesity at the Baylor Medical Center and the Dallas Surgery Center. For the convenience of his patients who must undergo an abdominal procedure other than LAP-BAND® System surgery, he also has surgical privileges at 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.

The LAP-BAND® System

LAP-BAND® System

Dr. Veninga is fully dedicated to helping patients who suffer from the negative health and social effects of morbid obesity in Dallas and all surrounding communities. Our weight loss surgeon has helped patients from Lewisville and Plano get permanent relief from this life-threatening condition with the LAP-BAND® System. Because the LAP-BAND® System is functionally reversible and has minimal side effects, especially when compared to other bariatric surgery methods, it is the only type of surgery Dr. Veninga currently performs to treat morbid obesity. In Dallas and throughout the United States, the LAP-BAND® System has helped many thousands of people lose substantial weight permanently.

The reason people generally eat fewer calories with a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is not entirely clear. In most individuals, it seems to work on the native hunger-satiety system, resulting in a "full" feeling sooner. The hope is that the patient will feel as "full" as before surgery but will have eaten substantially fewer calories. There is also the mechanical effect of forcing one to chew for a great deal more time than previously.

Putting Patient Safety First

At North Texas Bariatric, we put patient safety first. Treatment of morbid obesity with the LAP-BAND® System has been proven exceptionally safe and extremely effective in clinical testing throughout the world. In the procedure, Dr. Veninga places the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Band around the upper portion of stomach to limit the amount of food the stomach can hold. Our weight loss surgeon performs LAP-BAND® System surgery with a laparoscope — a tiny camera that is inserted into the abdomen through very small, quick-to-heal incisions. The surgery is, relative to other bariatric surgeries, so safe, effective, and minimally invasive that most patients are able to return home on the day of their surgery.

If you or a loved one suffers from morbid obesity or severe obesity with diabetes type II, hypertension, abnormal cholesterol, arthritis of weight-bearing joints, or obstructive sleep apnea, and you live in Dallas, our weight loss surgeon can help. Patients from Lewisville, Plano, and throughout Texas have achieved life-changing results with the LAP-BAND® System. Contact North Texas Bariatric today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Veninga today to learn more about the benefits and eligibility requirements of LAP-BAND® System surgery.

Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

Dr. Veninga uses advanced laparoscopic techniques to perform a host of other abdominal surgeries in addition to LAP-BAND® System bariatric surgery for permanent weight loss. Our surgeon helps Lewisville and Plano patients who are suffering from gall bladder disease. This affliction 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. Dallas residents and patients from surrounding communities come to North Texas Bariatric because they know Dr. Veninga is an abdominal specialist and weight loss surgeon who is an expert in laparoscopic techniques.

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.

To learn more about laparoscopic procedures at North Texas Bariatric, including the Nissen fundoplication procedure for GERD and the LAP-BAND® System for morbid obesity, contact our practice near Dallas to schedule a consultation with our weight loss surgeon. Dr. Veninga serves Plano, Lewisville, and all surrounding communities


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.

Colon Cancer

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 do 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. Contact North Texas Bariatric to learn more about our laparoscopic procedures, including those for colon cancer and weight loss. Expert surgeon Frank Veninga helps Lewisville and Plano residents achieve optimal health and their aesthetic goals.

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 — Serving Plano, Lewisville, and All Texas

At North Texas Bariatric, Dr. Veninga offers the LAP-BAND® System so individuals suffering from morbid obesity in Dallas 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.

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