Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

When you choose weight-loss surgery, you want a team of dedicated and experienced experts with your best health outcomes in mind. At OU Health, you benefit from a multidisciplinary team of medical weight loss specialists ready to help you at every step of your journey toward a healthier life.

Expert Bariatric Surgery Procedures Near You

No matter where you live in Oklahoma or throughout the region, you can take advantage of the skilled metabolic and bariatric surgery experts at OU Health in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

You’ll receive guidance from a highly trained metabolic and bariatric surgery team that helps you navigate the approval and preparation process for a successful procedure and performs the appropriate operation to help you achieve your goals. After surgery, you also benefit from extensive support for lifestyle and nutrition changes that assist you in keeping the weight off and staying healthy.

Seminars & Support for Weight-Loss Surgery

To help you and your doctor determine the best options for your particular situation, take advantage of a virtual informational seminar with OU Health bariatric surgeons where you’re guided through the process of preparing for and undergoing a procedure.

Seminars cover the various options for losing weight and what to expect if you choose surgery or medical intervention. In addition, when you receive proper guidance and support for life after your surgery, you’re more likely to achieve and maintain successful weight loss. The OU Health team of dietitians, physical therapists and behavioral health specialists help you learn smart eating habits and get physically fit while creating a healthful lifestyle.

Sign Up for a Free Seminar

Find out more about your options for bariatric surgery and take the very first step in your bariatric journey by registering for a free seminar.

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Choosing a Procedure

As you and your OU Health bariatric surgery team assess your options, you’ll learn about the most typical surgical procedures, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, performed with minimally invasive, laparoscopic approaches that reduce incision size and help ease your recovery.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

In this procedure, your surgeon divides the stomach into two sections, with the smaller portion (pouch) surgically attached to a lower area of the small intestine. The newly created stomach pouch can only accommodate smaller quantities of food.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

During sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon makes a few small incisions in your abdomen and removes 70 to 80 percent of the stomach. Staples in the remaining stomach portion forming a small, oblong tube called the sleeve that connects the esophagus to the small intestine functions as the new, much smaller stomach. Like bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy significantly reduces the quantity of food the stomach can accommodate.

Watch a short bariatric surgery video to learn more.

Measuring Body Mass Index

Before you receive approval for surgery, your OU Health metabolic physicians calculate and consider your body mass index (BMI).

With a BMI of 40 or higher (obese) or a BMI between 35 and 39.9 (overweight), the excess weight can cause other health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Even with a BMI between 30 and 34, and serious health problems related to weight, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.

Medical Tests for Surgery Readiness

A comprehensive physical evaluation at OU Health helps ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery and recovery. Before approving weight loss surgery, your doctor requires many of the following medical tests, including:

  • Blood tests to check for anemia, infection, hormone levels and kidney function
  • Chest X-ray to evaluate the health of your heart and lungs
  • Echocardiogram for additional information about your heart
  • Electrocardiogram to assess your heart rhythm
  • Pulmonary function tests to evaluate the health of your lungs
  • Screenings for nutrient deficiencies

Your After-Surgery Support Team

Depending on your specific bariatric surgery procedure, you’ll need to learn new nutritional habits after weight loss surgery. Trust the registered dietitians and nutritionists on your OU Health bariatric surgery team in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to help you create new habits for weight loss success and to follow up with you about your progress.

For successful weight loss and the best health benefits, you’ll receive expert advice on how to eat for the first few weeks following bariatric surgery. After starting with only liquids for a few weeks, you’ll move to pureed foods and regular foods, although with several restrictions.

You’ll work with the weight loss and metabolic professionals at OU Health to ensure a safe bariatric surgery procedure followed by comprehensive, ongoing monitoring for optimal results.

Your Expert Weight Loss, Bariatric & Metabolic Services Team

At OU Health, your multidisciplinary metabolic and bariatric surgery care team brings together many healthcare professionals to focus on your individual situation and develop a personalized plan to meet your specific needs.

Your team members include board-certified surgeons, obesity management physicians, physical therapists, dietitians, behavioral health specialists and internal medicine providers who collaborate with you to achieve the best possible outcomes for your situation.

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