Facts About Obesity

Fact 1: Almost 10 percent of adult men and women are severely obese (100-plus pounds overweight).Major weight loss for these people is important for good health.

Fact 2: For severely obese people, modest weight loss – five to 10 percent – often does not help enough with disease management. Surgical weight loss can dramatically improve and control diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and joint pain.

Fact 3: Bariatric surgery helps limit food intake and absorption, and allows for the maintenance of long term health weight loss goals.

Fact 4: From the moment you make a commitment to proceed with this life-changing surgery, our expert staff will assist you with every step of the process. We will guide you through fulfilling initial insurance and medical requirements, and we’ll continue to provide hands-on, compassionate care through surgery, as well as long-term follow-up treatment.

Am I a candidate?

Weight loss surgery is an option for individuals who:

  • Are you 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
  • And are at least 18 years old
  • Ability to understand the risks of surgery and changes that will need to be made afterward
  • No alcohol abuse or drug use

Attend our FREE Weight Loss Surgery Information Session, led by Dr. Guerrero.  We cover, in depth, our weight-loss surgery options.  Questions are encouraged!  Registration form under RELATED SERVICES.  Or call (956) 203-4087 and speak with our Bariatric Program Coordinator for more information.

Free Weight Loss Surgery Information Sessions:   
Last Wednesday of the month
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Texas Room at Valley Regional Medical Center
100 East Alton Gloor Blvd, Brownsville Texas 78526

Support Group Sessions: 
Second Tuesday of the month, every other month.  
5:30 to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bariatric Info Session Dates: 
First Saturday of every month
10:00 to 11:00 am

October 7, 2017
November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017
January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018
March 3, 2018
April 7, 2018
May 5, 2018       
June 2, 2018
July 7, 2018
August 4, 2018
September 1, 2018
October 6, 2018
November 3, 2018
December 1, 2018