SOURCE: Texas Laparoscopic Consultants
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 18, 2012) - According to recent studies from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), weight loss procedures such as the LAP-BAND® System and gastric sleeve can improve life expectancy by as much as 89% as compared to those who do not have surgery. While the ASMBS reports the risk of death from bariatric procedures is less than 0.1%, Dr. Sherman Yu and Dr. Terry Scarborough of the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants for weight loss surgery in Houston say patients who do not make significant changes to their lifestyle and diet are at a higher risk of serious medical complications. Given the importance of proper postoperative care, the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants have released a list of nutrition and dietary information for major restaurants to help patients make good decisions about their food intake.
The list, posted on the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants' website, compiles the nutritional value guidelines of frequented restaurants such as Applebee's, McDonald's, Chipotle, Dunkin Donuts, and more. Dr. Yu says his practice's goal in releasing the list is to enable patients to choose healthy meals and encourage them to be diligent in their dietary planning. He says he is looking forward to expanding the level of patient services he provides and offering the most comprehensive support possible to those who have undergone a serious, life-changing procedure such as the gastric sleeve in Houston.
At their practice, the Houston bariatric surgeons focus on a wide variety of bariatric procedures including gastric banding and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Drs. Yu and Scarborough say one of the most essential steps to a proper recovery and healthy weight loss is the aftercare program. They say because most bariatric procedures require surgeons to reduce the size of the stomach, therefore the volume intake of food, patients must be sure their body is receiving the proper amount of nutrients so as to avoid any unhealthy deficiencies. Dr. Yu says his practice has dedicated much of their support programs to patient education about the importance of maintaining a strict diet after surgery, and he hopes the new restaurant information will aid that pursuit: "In the end, calorie intake and a healthy lifestyle will help maintain a weight loss surgery patient's success. Weight loss surgery is a tool that works very well. But the long term maintenance by the patient is key to prevent weight regain that will often occur down the line."
Regardless of whether patients are looking for a surgical bariatric procedure or simply a healthier approach to living, Dr. Yu says researching the nutritional data of the food they are eating is important to keeping a normal body weight. However, for patients who do decide that weight loss surgery is right for them, he recommends patients consult with a qualified and experienced bariatric surgeon with extensive experience in creating dietary and metabolic plans before undergoing any treatment. He says patients who are willing to make the necessary effort to research their procedure, doctor, and postoperative care can ultimately benefit from healthier, happier self.
About Sherman C. Yu, MD
Dr. Sherman Yu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he served as Chief Resident in Surgery. Dr. Yu also completed a year-long fellowship in robotic surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Minimally Invasive Robotics Association, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Yu has been selected as a Top Physician by Newsweek and H-Texas magazines and has particular interest and skill in performing single incision band and sleeve procedures.
About Terry Scarborough, MD
A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Dr. Terry Scarborough completed his medical degree with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and his surgical residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, after which he received further training in a year-long laparoscopic surgery fellowship. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, he is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Southwestern Surgical Society, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Scarborough has also been recognized by H-Texas and Newsweek as a Top Physician.
Located at 1200 Binz Suite 950 in Houston, TX, Texas Laparoscopic Consultants can be reached at (713) 493-7700. The practice can also be contacted online via the website gastricsleevetx.com, tlcsurgery.com, or the Texas Laparoscopic Consultants Facebook page.