Types of Gastrointestinal Surgeries

Gastrointestinal surgeries are performed for the treatment of diseases that affect the digestive tract and related organs. The organs that are treated through gastrointestinal surgeries are the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and rectum. The procedures may involve removing a part of the body to eliminate cancerous growth or help with health problems such as excess weight. Let’s look at the gastrointestinal surgeries performed by the experienced surgeons at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery.

Anti-Reflux Surgery

GERD, or Acid reflux surgery, is a digestive condition in which the digestive acids from the stomach flow back to the esophagus and result in heartburn. It can also be caused by hiatal hernia, a condition in which the stomach pushes through the diaphragm, a muscle that separates the abdomen from the chest. Fundoplication is a laparoscopic surgical procedure in which a surgeon fixes the hernia, if there is one, and wraps the stomach around the lower esophagus to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter to prevent acid reflux.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a weight loss surgery performed on morbidly obese patients to help them attain sustainable weight loss and mitigate any health conditions related to obesity. In the first step of the procedure, the stomach is reduced in size to reduce food intake. In the second step, the stomach is connected to a part of the small intestine to curb the absorption of calories and nutrients. This helps in attaining long term weight loss goals.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy is another weight loss surgery that is performed by the seasoned surgeons at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery. During the procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed, which leaves a tube shaped pouch. The procedure induces weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold at a single time. This makes the patient eat less and lowers their calorie intake. It also has an impact on hunger affecting hormones and metabolism.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch

Duodenal Switch is a combination of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. The procedure induces weight loss in morbidly obese patients with a BMI greater than 40 and is extremely effective for the treatment of diabetes. The procedure offers more rapid and long term weight loss results along with the resolution of obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, GERD, sleep apnea, and heart diseases.

Consult Today

Gastrointestinal surgeries can be a great choice when it comes to treating obesity-related diseases. A doctor will assess your medical conditions to establish whether or not you are an ideal candidate for gastrointestinal surgery. If you or a loved one are looking for advice on gastrointestinal intestinal surgery in Fort Worth, Texas and nearby areas, our team of experienced surgeons at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery can help you. Our doctors have vast experience helping patients with health conditions such as obesity and acid-reflux. To learn more about gastrointestinal surgery or to book an appointment, call 469-620-0222 or email [email protected].