Self Pay and Finance Options for Bariatric Surgery
FAST TRACK offers our patients more options for bariatric (weight loss) surgery. The FAST TRACK program is designed to allow our patients to experience on their terms. FAST TRACK bariatric surgery gives our patients the opportunity to schedule and pay for their surgery on a schedule that best meets their needs, while still enjoying world-class care.
CASH PAY or FINANCE OPTIONIf you are planning to pay for your bariatric surgery "out of pocket" or finance your procedure, our staff can guide you through this process to expedite your weight l...
Houston & The Woodlands Bariatric Surgery Options
Balette Bariatric Center has partnered with several acute care hospitals offering general acute care medical services and emergency care for our patients. Balette Bariatric Center, the bariatric surgery program at Memorial Hermann and St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital offers patients an astounding level of care by a multidisciplinary medical team.
Balette Bariatric Center has also partnered with Houston Northwest Medical Center to offer Balette Bariatric Center was founded by and managed by Board Certified surgeon, Jason Balett...
Bariatric Surgery one solution to Houston's Obesity Epidemic
The most recent season NBC's hit serious "The Biggest Loser" launched last night. The network is playing off of the time of year that all of us realize that obesity is a problem in the United States. Each new year many of make the resolution to lose weight or get in shape. "The Biggest Loser" has done a fantastic job of educating Americans that obesity in the United States has quietly grown into an epidemic. This season NBC is taking it one step further by inviting children to join the cast.
The Woodlands Weight Loss Surgery - Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive surgery that involves the laparoscopic removal of about two-thirds of the stomach, leaving behind a sleeve shaped stomach with a capacity ranging from about 60 to 150 cc. With this bariatric procedure, the outlet valve and the nerves to the stomach remain intact and the function of the stomach is preserved. The preservation of stomach function provides the following advantages for sleeve gastrectomy:
Minimal complications - There is no bypass of the intestinal tract, meani...
Balette Bariatrics Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Houston/The Woodlands
Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y is the most common form of bariatric surgery and is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery today. It is designed to reduce the size of the stomach and to bypass part of the small intestine.
In the procedure, surgeons divide the stomach to create a small pouch that restricts food intake to about one ounce. This new stomach pouch is then attached to the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and a portion of the small bowel. The surgery affects weight loss in two ways: 1) It restricts fo...
Dr. Balette Online Bariatric Seminar
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are dedicated to giving our patients the most relevant and up-to date information in relation to Bariatric or more commonly know as weight loss surgery options. The Online Seminar only takes 22 minutes to complete. During the seminar Dr. Balette personally discusses each bariatrc surgical option, obesity related diseases, causes of obesity and what you can expect during your weight loss journey.
If you have not signed up for a personal consultation with Dr. Balette, please take a few...
Houston Weight Loss SurgeryGastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Revisions
Sometimes, an initial procedure may need to be revised. Reasons for revision include:
Mechanical failure of surgery
Regaining original weight lost
Intractable nausea & vomiting
Our surgeons have performed hundreds of revision surgeries, giving our patients successful outcomes. Many times, a revision is exactly what a patient needs in order to be successful in their weight loss goals.
Pre-operative diagnostic tests may include:
Upper GI with Marshmallow Test
Houston Weight Loss Surgery...
Houston Weight Loss SurgeryThe Obesity Epidemic
A Rapidly Expanding Problem
One of the most important things to understand about obesity is, "You are not alone". Many of us start to feel alone as we add weight and eventually become obese. We have tried exercise, we have tried diets, we have tried almost everything; but to maintain the weight loss seems to be insurmountable.
Here are few facts you need to know:
Three in five Americans are either overweight or obese.
In the past 20 years, adult obesity has doubled.
Over 300,000 Americans will suffer premature deaths due to obesity ...
Jason M. Balette, M.D., F.A.C.S.
The Woodlands & Houston Area Weight Loss SurgeryWhy Choose Balette Bariatric Center for Your Weight Loss Surgery
Dr. Jason Balette performs both open and laparoscopic gastric bypass, vertical sleeve, and lap-band surgery in The Woodlands and North Houston area. Depending on your health and your weight loss goals, Dr. Balette will recommend the procedure that is right for you. Explore the page below for general information about the gastric bypass procedure and the risks and benefits of undergoing gastric bypass surgery.
Picking a surgeon for w...
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me?
You may qualify for weight loss surgery if you:
Have a BMI of 40
Have a BMI between 35 and 40 with at least two co-existing medical problems related to obesity such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes (If you have type 2 Diabetes, you may qualify with a BMI as low as 30)
Are age 18 up
Are able to show serious past attempt to lose weight medically, through exercise, or programs such as Weight Watchers
Have no significant physical, medical, emotional or psychological problems that may make surgery unnecessarily risky
Are able to part...
LAPAROSOPIC ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND
Gastric Banding is most commonly know as "Lap Band" surgery. The surgery involves an adjustable silicone band filled with saline wrapped around upper part of stomach, creating small pouch that restricts food intake.
Risks include the gastric band eroding through the stomach, the gastric band slipping partly out of place, gastritis, heartburn, stomach ulcers, infection in the port, injury to the stomach, intestines, or other organs during surgery, poor nutrition, and scarring inside the belly.
Gastric Banding is the least invasive form of bariatric...