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Our Houston Weight Loss Program

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Texas Laparoscopic Consultants specializes in effective weight loss solutions for patients in Houston. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs and goals of anyone interested in a healthier lifestyle. Our program can be tailored to help patients with weight loss goals as modest as 30 pounds, and those seeking to lose several hundred pounds, as well as patients who are looking for a solution to obesity-related health issues such as Type 2 diabetes.

The TLC Difference

As a Centers of Excellence Bariatric program, we believe in providing our patients with a comprehensive weight loss plan and a long-term partner in health. A few things that set TLC apart:

  • A welcoming office where the focus is on the patient.
  • Personalized treatment plans that take into account your individual health, lifestyle, and goals.
  • Experienced surgeons who work together, along with a team of Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, and Critical Care Specialists to make each patient’s surgery and postoperative course as safe as possible.
  • A supportive community and access to the tools you need to maintain successful weight loss.

Our Houston Bariatric Surgeons and Weight Loss Experts

Our surgeons are board-certified and fellowship trained. Dr. Yu, Dr. Scarborough, and Dr. Mehta have performed thousands of laparoscopic weight loss procedures. They are each highly experienced in minimally invasive and single-incision surgery, as well as non-surgical weight loss treatments. Our bariatric surgeons are committed to bringing the most effective and advanced treatments to Houston. Dr. Yu, Dr. Scarborough, and Dr. Mehta are supported by a team of dedicated weight loss experts, including registered dietitians and patient navigators who help guide our patients through every step of the procedure process.

Our Bariatric Nutrition Program

Some of the most common patient questions are about the diet involved in our weight loss program. Our registered dietitians are available to guide patients through pre and post surgery diet guidelines or to provide medically supervised diet plan for non-surgical patients. These nutrition experts will guide you to ensure you eat enough protein and get your vitamins and minerals while eating in a way that will help you safely lose weight. Your dietitian will give you detailed meal plans tailored for your weight loss program. You’ll also have access to instructional videos, motivational tips, and lots of recipes.

Bariatric Surgery Options in Our Houston Weight Loss Program

Non-Surgical Procedures Available in Our Houston Weight Loss Program

Steps Toward Weight Loss Surgery

Step 1: Insurance Verification

Many health insurance plans provide coverage for bariatric surgery, but it can be difficult to figure out exactly what your plan covers. We provide a free insurance check to help you determine if your insurance covers weight loss surgery. Our experienced health insurance navigators will explain any requirements, waiting periods, or prerequisites in your plan. The free insurance check is for your convenience and there is no obligation to move forward.

Step 2: Consultation Appointment

A consultation appointment with one of our experienced weight loss doctors will help you learn about your weight loss options and decide which procedure may be right for you. The doctor will evaluate your health and discuss your medical history and your weight loss goals to determine if you are a candidate for the surgery or non-surgical procedure that you are interested in. Your consultation appointment is your opportunity to ask any questions you have about our weight loss program or bariatric surgery. If you decide that the TLC program is right for you, we’ll discuss your personalized treatment plan. 

Step 3: Psychological Evaluation for Weight Loss Surgery

Patients are sometimes surprised by the requirement for a pre-surgical psychological evaluation, but this step plays an important part in the success of your weight loss program. Bariatric surgery is a tool, but patients need to commit to healthy lifestyle changes in order to meet their goals. The psychological evaluation is your chance to identify and discuss emotional eating habits or underlying challenges that could keep you from following healthier diet and exercise guidelines. Our goal is for each patient to clearly understand the work involved in changing their lifestyle and have realistic expectations of life after weight loss surgery. A patient who has an understanding of themselves and this process will be better equipped to handle any challenge they encounter on their journey and have a greater chance of a successful outcome.  

Step 4: Pre-Surgical Medical Appointment

Every bariatric patient at TLC will have at least one pre-surgical medical appointment scheduled no less than 2 prior to surgery. At this appointment your doctor will evaluate your health and give you important pre-surgical instructions and information about your upcoming surgery. You may require additional appointments or weight management classes depending on your health insurance requirements and your health. Things that may be performed prior to surgery include an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), labs, and cardiac testing. 

Step 5: Pre-Surgical Diet

Your pre-surgical diet recommendations may vary based on your health and the type of surgery you are having. In general, bariatric patients will be required to follow a liquid diet for two weeks prior to surgery. The low-carbohydrate, high-protein liquid diet will reduce the size of your liver in preparation for surgery. The pre-surgical bariatric diet plays an important part in the safety of your surgery and recovery, and it is critical that you adhere to the guidelines set by your surgeon and dietitian. 

Step 6: Surgery and Beyond

Once your surgery date is scheduled, our team will be available to answer any questions you have prior to your procedure. Bariatric surgery is typically an out-patient procedure and we specialize in single-incision laparoscopic surgery for quicker recovery times. The length of time your surgery takes and your recovery instructions will vary depending on the type of procedure you undergo. Your surgical team will provide detailed post-operative instructions and your dietitian will outline meal plans and comprehensive diet guidelines. We will also share support resources and provide tools for you to succeed on your weight loss journey.  

Real Patient Results

At TLC, we admire the courage and motivation that are required to reclaim your health and we are proud of the progress of each of our patients. View our patient gallery to see amazing transformations and read the stories of actual TLC patients who are living their best lives after bariatric surgery.


Nocona, a TLC patient, has lost 125 pounds!


The TLC Surgery Doctors have either authored or reviewed and approved this content.


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