What does a wholistic approach to bariatric surgery look like?
Comprehensive care and a more supported weight loss journey
Anyone who has succeeded — or failed — to achieve significant weight loss will tell you how difficult it is. Many people struggle for years with different diets, medications and exercise programs, without success.
If you have a BMI greater than 35, which is considered severely obese, your chance of reaching a normal body weight through diet and exercise alone is less than one percent. For many people, bariatric surgery is a great option for achieving and maintaining life-changing weight loss. Ninety percent of people who choose weight loss surgery lose 50 percent of excess body weight and are able to keep the weight off in the long term.
Even with bariatric surgery, success can depend on having the right support, education and medical care, which is why the weight loss program at White Rock Medical Center takes a wholistic approach.
Support for the journey
Behavioral health is focused on the way your habits, behaviors and decisions affect your mental health and overall well-being. Our program includes behavioral health consultations for our patients because we know that addressing underlying habits and behaviors is crucial to successful weight loss.
Behavioral health evaluation can help you identify key factors that trigger unhealthy habits — and learn new skills that can help keep you motivated to stay on course during your weight loss journey.
Weight loss surgery support groups
Along with positive changes to your quality of life, significant weight loss can bring unexpected emotional and psychological challenges. Sometimes, people who have lived with severe obesity for much of their adult life find that it has affected many different aspects of their identity and outlook, including their relationships and life goals. We believe an important part of a wholistic weight loss program includes providing support for these issues.
Our support groups are available to patients both before and after surgery so they can share feelings and common experiences with other people on the same journey. It’s a non-judgmental and honest support system that is important to weight loss success.
Nutritional and physical activity counseling
Support and education go hand in hand. For many people who are severely or morbidly obese, diet and exercise alone don’t help get the weight off. But these lifestyle changes are still a very important part of any successful weight loss journey.
Have you tried cutting calories? What about intermittent fasting? Mediterranean diet? Paleo? Keto? Blood type diet? People try a lot of different approaches to nutrition to lose weight and it can be very difficult to know which one is right for you. People in our program meet with a registered dietitian to learn how to make healthy choices and how to develop a healthy — and still enjoyable — relationship with food.
Because bariatric surgery causes physical changes to your body, there are dietary restrictions after some surgeries. Our staff also provides education about what choices you’ll need to make before and after surgery to lower the risk of complications.
Committing to other lifestyle changes is just as important. We work with each individual on the best ways to develop and maintain a healthy physical activity routine.
Our weight loss app
We have an app to help our patients make these important lifestyle changes. The My New Beginning app is available for the iPhone and Android and has been reviewed by healthcare professionals. Some of the convenient features include:
- Nutrition tracker
- Food barcode scanner
- Weight loss tracker
- Photo diary
- Healthy recipes
Different bariatric surgery options
We are proud to offer different weight loss options for a program that fits you:
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass
- Laparoscopic duodenal switch
- Revision surgery
- Robotic-assisted weight loss surgery
- Medical weight loss
With each individual, we review the options, going over advantages and disadvantages, including the risks and benefits, so that you can feel confident in choosing the option best for you.
The decision to have bariatric surgery is a big one. Access to a built-in support system, alongside a wholistic approach to health, can make the weight loss journey much easier and less intimidating.
All the steps we’ve taken to make our program well-rounded, supportive and focused on good outcomes for patients have helped us become a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
Now, we’ve also achieved accreditation with three designations: a comprehensive bariatric center, adolescent care and obesity medicine. This level of qualification can only be found in one other program in Texas, and in 10 other programs in the entire nation.
Ready to start a journey of life-changing weight loss with us?
Reaching a healthy body weight can help you feel better and regain the energy and ability to participate in activities you miss.
White Rock Medical Center is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) comprehensive center with adolescent and obesity medicine qualifications. MBSAQIP is a joint program from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) that sets standards for bariatric surgery centers.