St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at www.StDavids.com

Patient Services 512-544-LIFE (5433)

Our Procedures

St. David's HealthCare is a recognized leader in bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, with the only Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in Central Texas accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

For people suffering from morbid obesity, and for whom diet and exercise are insufficient to control their weight, weight-loss surgery might be an option. St. David's HealthCare offers free seminars to answer questions and explain the benefits and risks of weight-loss surgery.

Our comprehensive weight-loss surgery programs offer informational seminars, preoperative evaluations and education, and state-of-the-art surgical alternatives, as well as extensive aftercare and post-surgical support.

Conditions Treated

  • More than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
  • Have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight, or you are
  • Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is one of the most frequently performed procedures for morbid obesity in the U.S., and has shown to be significant in the resolution of type II diabetes. A gastric bypass restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. Having a smaller stomach pouch causes you to feel full sooner and eat less; bypassing part of the small intestine means the body absorbs fewer calories.

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Gastric Band

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band or Realize band) reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. The band wraps around the upper part of the stomach, dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch that holds a small amount of food and a larger lower stomach. As a result, you'll feel fuller sooner and stay fuller longer. The band allows for normal digestion and absorption.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

A vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure decreases the size of the stomach, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. As a result, you'll feel fuller sooner and stay fuller longer. Sleeve gastrectomy allows for normal digestion and absorption.

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Call 512-544-5433 to register for a bariatric seminar.

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