Having surgery to lose weight is a big decision — and an intensely personal one. It often comes after years or decades of struggle, dieting, and disappointment.
Some weight-loss doctors offer discounted services that promise a quick surgical solution. That may sound tempting, but no matter which procedure you get, it’s still major surgery with possible complications.
And here’s a secret those doctors don’t tell you: The weight won’t stay off without changing your lifestyle and your relationship with food.
Drs. Joseph Cribbins III and Stephen Hamn are different. They are considered two of the best weight-loss surgeons in Texas, and they work closely and carefully with every patient who comes to see them. Both physicians perform surgeries at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery in Plano, a surgical hospital that has won accolades for outstanding patient satisfaction.
“Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix. Patients need to prepare physically and emotionally for the changes that happen after surgery,” Dr. Hamn says. “We can help them create an active, healthy lifestyle that supports their new weight and allows them to truly enjoy their life.”
Both doctors agree, with something as life changing and long term as weight-loss surgery, patients need to investigate the reputation and experience of their surgeon before making any decisions.
“We care deeply about the immediate and long-term outcomes of every patient, and we want to make sure their surgery is safe and the weight they lose stays off permanently,” Dr. Cribbins says. “You have to be your own advocate and do your own research before getting bariatric surgery. A successful surgeon will help you not only lose weight, but also learn how to keep it off.”
The entire field of bariatric surgery has been revolutionized over the past two decades by minimally invasive approaches like laparoscopy. Drs. Cribbins and Hamn have been on the forefront of new procedures as they are proven effective.
For example, the doctors were among the first to offer Lap-Bands in North Texas. Additionally, they offer laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, and the Orbera intragastric balloon. They also help people who need weight-loss surgery revisions.
“We’ve seen the way bariatric surgery can transform lives and turn around health conditions, like type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and heart disease,” Dr. Hamn says. “It’s exciting to be a part of a person’s life as he or she sees these often dramatic changes taking place.”
Dr. Cribbins says he feels honored to work in this field and offer the best services possible to every one of his patients. “I admire the strong personal dedication my patients show to achieve the weight loss they want, and we are their partners on this journey,” he says.
Learn more about weight-loss services at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery by visiting www.thcds-weightloss.com or calling 800-532-3939.