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Bariatric Surgeons in Houston, Texas

Our Houston Bariatric Surgery Staff

Sherman Yu, MD

Dr. Sherman Yu is a native of Houston, Texas who grew up in the Southwest part of the city. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with High Honors in Chemical Engineering, and then returned to Houston where he received his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine, with honors in his surgical rotations.

After completing his year as chief resident in surgery, Dr. Yu returned to Houston to complete a year-long fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center. One of the main focuses in that training was bariatric surgery, as the UT Health Science Center was the main tertiary referral center for the greater Houston area.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve

Terry Scarborough, MD

Dr. Terry Scarborough grew up in Clovis, New Mexico. He graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a degree in Pharmacy. He received his medical degree with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1993. Dr. Scarborough completed his surgery residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and then continued on to complete a year-long fellowship there in laparoscopic surgery.

Recently, Dr. Scarborough was named one of America's Top Surgeons by Consumers Research Council of America. He has been a Center of Excellence Surgeon as recognized by the Surgical Review Corporation and is a member in good standing of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is a certified proctor for the Ethicon Endosurgery Corporation, teaching other surgeons around the country how to perform the Realize gastric banding procedure. He has performed over 4000 laparoscopic procedures including over 1000 laparoscopic banding procedures.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve

Robert G. Marvin, MD

A Board Certified General Surgeon, Dr. Robert Marvin is also certified in Surgical Critical Care and is a member of the ASBS. Dr. Marvin completed his surgical training at the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center from 1989 through 1994 and was Administrative Chief Resident during his last year. In 1996, he came to Houston where he completed a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care. After his Fellowship, he was asked to stay on the faculty at the University of Texas at Houston Medical School where he attended in General and Trauma surgery from 1996 until 2000.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass

Clifton Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas shares his time between his Nacogdoches office and the office is Houston. We have partnered with Dr. Thomas in the East Texas region so that we may provide more accessible and convenient follow up care for patients living in that area. Bariatric Surgery Specialists conducts educational seminars in multiple locations and has a Bariatric Coordinator and Licensed Dietitian as well as a support group in the East Texas office.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve, Revision

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Treatment for Obesity in Houston, Texas

Many bariatric surgeons in Houston, TX specialize in the surgical treatment of obesity. If you or someone you know in the Houston area is struggling with clinical obesity and health related conditions, we can help! The weight loss doctors listed in this site specialize in obesity and weight loss surgery as well as long-term patient management to help you take control of your obesity and regain your health.

With a highly trained team of surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, exercise therapists and psychologists, Bariatric Surgery Specialists are able to provide patients with a safe and effective weight-loss surgery, comprehensive pre- and post-operative education and ongoing post-op care.

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Obesity in Houston, Texas

The prevalence of obesity in Houston -- defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more -- is estimated by state officials at more than one in three. In the metro Houston region, more than 65% of the population is overweight (BMI of 25 and up). One out of two children is overweight and Type 2 Diabetes is striking kids as early as age eight.

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Texas Obesity Statistics

  • In 2007 nearly 66 percent of Texas adults were overweight or obese
  • In 2007, 32 percent of Texas high-school students were overweight or obese
  • 300,000 die every year of complications associated with obesity
  • Average weight has risen from 166 lb. in 1962 to 191 lb. in 2001
  • Life expectancy for an obese person is 58 years, but 78 years for non-obese
  • Childhood obesity increased by 230% over the past 25 years
  • 62% of the population is overweight
  • 5.1% of the population suffers from morbid obesity
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Gastric Bypass Surgery

We all know that the best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. But if you're among the millions of people who have tried everything and still can't lose the excess weight, then bariatric surgery may be an option for you.

Gastric bypass surgery, which changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest, is the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. Most surgeons prefer this procedure because it's safer and has fewer complications than other weight-loss surgeries. It can provide long-term, consistent weight loss if accompanied with ongoing lifestyle changes.

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Mission of Houston Gastric Bypass Surgeons

  • Provide state-of-the art, minimally invasive surgical options for all our patients
  • Continue to improve the “standard of care” in one of the nation’s 10 largest cities
  • Establish gastric bypass surgery as a true specialty which requires specialized training and a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Provide compassion, superior outcomes and warm, personal attention to our patients
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