Weight Loss Options


Do You Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

Obesity is associated with major health problems including hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea. It can even increase the risk of cancer in some people! People with a BMI (body mass index) over 35 may qualify for weight loss surgery. You can calculate your BMI below. Weight loss surgery is an option for patients with obesity that allows you to lose a significant amount of weight and reduce the medical problems associated with obesity.

Weight loss surgery decreases the capacity of the stomach so that you will no longer be able to eat large meals. The surgery also reduces appetite by removing a center for the hormone, ghrelin, which is responsible for hunger.



Types of Weight Loss Surgery

  1. Sleeve gastrectomy
  2. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  3. Revisional weight loss surgery

These surgeries can be typically be performed using minimally invasive techniques via small incisions using laparoscopy and assistance with the daVinci Xi robot. During a sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach is turned from a large sac into a thin tube that allows the passage of food.  During a gastric bypass, the stomach is first turned from a large sac into a small pouch.  The intestines are then re-arranged and attached directly to the new stomach to allow for passage of food and digestion. Revisional surgeries can be performed if you have previously undergone another procedure such as a Lap-Band, vertical banded gastroplasty, or even a sleeve gastrectomy or a gastric bypass.


Non-Surgical Weight Loss

The Obalon Balloon System is a swallowable intragastric balloon system indicated for temporary use to facilitate weight loss in adults with obesity (BMI of 30 – 40 kg/m2) who have failed to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. The System is intended to be used as an adjunct to a moderate intensity diet and behavior modification program. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed. You can find out your BMI by using the calculator above.

The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less. Three balloons are placed for a six month non-surgical treatment, combined with a professionally supervised nutrition and exercise program for optimal weight loss. Patients with the Obalon Balloon System and diet & exercise lost approximately twice as much weight as those with diet and exercise alone.


The first and only swallowable, FDA-approved 3-balloon system for weight loss.



  • Swallowable capsule – takes less than 10 min!
  • No downtime


  • Fully reversible
  • FDA approved

Proven Weight Loss

  • Helps jump-start long term weight loss
  • Progressive weight loss with three balloons


Learn Lifestyle Modification

During treatment you should receive professional nutrition and exercise support to help you make the lifestyle changes that promote weight loss. The Obalon Balloon System supports you to help change your eating habits and keep the weight off for the long term. Average of 89% of weight loss was kept off at 1 year (6 months post-removal), when combined with a moderate intensity diet and exercise program.


Patients with prior weight loss surgeries are not eligible. The most common side effects reported were mild abdominal pain and nausea which typically resolved within two weeks. You must take daily acid-blocking medicine prescribed by your doctor. All balloons must be removed 6 months after the first balloon is placed. At the end of the 6-month treatment period, all three balloons are removed by a brief, approximately 15 minute, outpatient endoscopic procedure. Learn more at www.obalon.com.


Dallas-Fort Worth, TX’s Medical Weight Loss Expert

Dr. Sutker offers medical weight loss solutions for our Dallas-Fort Worth, TX patients who need an effective program to shed the extra weight. With tools like diet and medication management, healthy behavior modification, and guidance for nutrition and exercise, we put together a weight loss plan tailored to you for maximum benefit. Dr. Sutker evaluates your health and the medications you’re on and weighs in factors like age and reasons you’re enrolling in medical weight loss. We gear our strategy toward long-term behavioral change in your diet, your activities, and your lifestyle. We provide the tools and support you need for successful weight loss, and the changes to your behavior will help you keep the weight off.


Benefits of Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss has a variety of benefits for your figure and your overall well-being. Reducing your mass to a more reasonable weight eases stress on your body, including your joints. You have less chance of developing or increasing the severity of chronic serious issues and pre-conditions like pre-diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. It drastically benefits your blood pressure, chemical levels, and other vital statistics. In general, losing weight improves your health and wellness, both physically and mentally. The reasons for medical weight loss can vary, but the emphasis is on the benefits to your body.


Reasons to Consider Medical Weight Loss

  • To improve your general health
  • If your family has a history of cancer or weight-related conditions
  • To manage medical issues like high blood pressure or cholesterol, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, or pre-diabetes
  • To reduce the risk of other procedures like total replacement of a joint, hip, or knee
  • To maintain long-term weight loss

Maintaining Weight Loss

If you’ve undergone weight loss surgery, you need to follow changes to your lifestyle after recovery to maintain your weight loss plan. While the surgery will affect your body’s composition and significantly reduce your weight, you must make sure to stick to your doctor’s instructions on diet and activities. The risk of side effects after your procedure include wound infections up to three weeks following, gallstones, constipation, and dumping syndrome, in which high-sugar foods rush through the stomach and trigger nausea, vomiting, and weakness. Your reduced weight also has positive effects on weight-related issues like sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. If you have any questions, please give Dr. Sutker a call to get answers or set up an appointment with Dr. Sutker to discuss medical weight loss in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.


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