All of you who know me, know that I believe that simple makes it great. So I want to simplify the information about the types of obesity surgery.
•Diets do not work. Period. If you are obese, diets have a less than 5% chance of helping.
•Obesity surgery does work. It is a tool when used with good nutrition and daily aerobic exercise, makes your body more efficient at burning calories. Makes you healthier. You are in the driver’s seat after bariatric surgery in Dallas. Use the tool correctly to its max, the reward is you get healthy and lose a ton of weight!
•Obesity surgery is drastic! OMG I will bust an aneurysm if I hear that again! Obesity related diseases like diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, the risk of stroke, heart attack and cancer are not drastic? Gimme a break! (Sorry, Mr. Stossel. It just happened!).
•Lap Band surgery– OK operation. There are better ones. Does that mean you won’t benefit from it – NO! Just means when you have a band you need to be ready to have other operations or eventually have it removed. You only lose 50% of your excess weight over 2 years.
•Gastric Sleeve– great operation. Makes you full quick, takes away appetite, turns on good hormones to help you lose weight. Takes away diabetes, sleep apnea and acid reflux. The stomach does not grow back or stretch – unless you pound Big Macs® and Blue Bell® in there. Lose 65% of excess pounds in 1 year.
•Gastric bypass – Fantastic operation – it makes diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol disappear. There is no malabsorption or poor nutrition – unless you don’t practice good nutrition or don’t take vitamins & supplements. Lose 70% of excess weight in 1 year.
•Duodenal switch – Fantastically great operation. Not for everyone, but it works. Great for getting rid of diabetes and other conditions. Great for failed weight loss operations. Requires careful daily vitamins (specially the A’s, D’s, E’s & K’s). Previously thought malabsorption was the magic behind it, not anymore.
•Obesity surgery does not make you an alcoholic. Drinking alcohol in large quantities after obesity surgery makes you an alcoholic. Weight loss surgery does not turn on a switch that makes you want to drink alcohol.
I am happy and thankful that I have been able to help so many people, that so many have trusted me to help them become healthy, lose their diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol. I am honored that you have trusted in me and have asked me to help out with conditions other than obesity. I have a bad habit, I like being a doctor, I like listening to and talking with my patients.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, God bless all of you and God bless America.