Accredited Weight Loss Surgery Center
Obesity, which refers to excessive body fat, can cause many health problems and put you at a higher risk for diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and other respiratory problems. More than 12.5 million Americans are severely overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If you're seriously overweight and you've tried many different diets, medications and weight-loss programs without long-term success, bariatric surgery can help. Weight-loss surgeons at McAllen Heart Hospital can help people struggling with obesity achieve the long-term weight loss they need to lead a longer and healthier life.
Accredited Weight-Loss Surgery Center
McAllen Heart Hospital has been designated as a fully accredited Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. To earn the designation, our weight-loss surgery center has demonstrated that our surgeons meet the needs of patients by providing multidisciplinary, high-quality, patient-centered care.
Are You a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery?
Weight-loss surgery may be right for you if:
- You are between 18 and 65 years of age
- Your are at least 80 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions
- Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 35
- You have tried other weight-loss methods without success
- You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery
- You pass a psychological screening test that helps ensure you are able to comply with post-surgical behavior modifications
- You complete all required pre-operative testing
Watch the video to learn why patients in the Rio Grande Valley choose the bariatric surgeons at McAllen Heart Hospital.
About Bariatric Surgery
Weight-loss surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing part of the patient's intestines. After surgery, patients eat less food to feel full and satisfied.
There is more to weight-loss surgery than the procedure itself. To be successful, patients must make major changes in their lifestyle and eating habits, including:
- Restricting the amount and types of food they eat
- Avoiding drinking liquids with meals
- Exercising regularly
- Taking vitamin and mineral supplements
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if weight-loss surgery is right for you.
For more information on weight-loss surgery at McAllen Heart Hospital, call Valley Care Clinics at 956-664-1616.