Weight Loss Surgery


Houston Methodist’s Weight Management Center team includes experts among the best nationwide in performing weight loss surgery. We have decades of experience, and our specialists, including bariatric surgeons, doctors, counselors, nurses and an exercise physiologist, collaborate to ensure each patient receives exceptional and personalized care and achieves long-term success.


Weight Loss Surgical Procedures

Our weight loss surgery experts perform:


vertical sleeve

  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure
  • Promotes weight loss by permanently removing two-thirds of the stomach, promoting a feeling of fullness with smaller amounts
  • Preserves the valve (pylorus) that regulates stomach emptying, slowing the process
  • Patients return to work and activities in about two weeks following surgery


gastric bypass


  • Minimally invasive metabolic procedure
  • Redirects food to a surgically created pouch in the stomach bypassing part of the small intestine 
  • Altered absorption and restriction of some vitamins and nutrients
  • Effective at decreasing hunger and increasing satiety 
  • Produces approximately two-thirds of excess weight loss within two years


Weight Loss Surgery Revisions

Revisions generally are performed because of a complication from a previous bariatric surgery, including bypass, sleeve, adjustable-band or vertical-banded gastroplasty. Examples include:

  • An adjustable band that has eroded or slipped. Or the patient no longer can tolerate solid foods. The surgeon would remove the band and convert to a sleeve or bypass
  • A patient develops a complication such as ulceration or strictures. The surgeon may have to revise the anatomy
  • A patient with a sleeve develops severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that medications cannot resolve. The surgeon would convert the sleeve to a bypass
  • A patient develops maladaptive eating and weight regain. The surgeon would revise or convert to another procedure
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