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When Does Your Acid Reflux Need Medical Attention? Sep 17th, 2020

If you’re one of the millions of people in the United States that suffer from acid reflux, it’s important that you don’t ignore your condition. Without treatment, chronic acid reflux can lead to permanent damage in your gastrointestinal system. At West Houston Bariatrics, experienced bariatric surgeon Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS,...

The Many Benefits of a Gastric Balloon for Weight Loss Aug 21st, 2020

A gastric balloon procedure is a non-surgical alternative to traditional weight loss surgery. As a skilled bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, uses the gastric balloon procedure to help you lose weight safely and effectively. Dr. Reilly offers comprehensive weight loss consultations at West Houston Surgical Associates to determine if...

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea? Jul 29th, 2020

Are your friends any family constantly complaining about your snoring? Well this may be the first indication that you have sleep apnea. Many people living with sleep apnea don’t even know they suffer from the condition because it usually takes someone else to notice the telltale symptoms while the person...

How Weight Loss Decreases Complications of Diabetes Jun 22nd, 2020

Being overweight or obese has long been known as a contributing factor to type 2 diabetes. As a bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, has treated many patients who struggled to lose weight, keep their diabetes under control, and live a higher quality of life. At West Houston Surgical Associates,...

8 Symptoms of Acid Reflux May 6th, 2020

As many as 20% of people in the United States have chronic symptoms of acid reflux, and many more may be living with the condition without a proper diagnosis. At West Houston Surgical Associates, experienced bariatric surgeon Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, has extensive experience in treating people with acid reflux. He offers surgical...

Is Gastric Banding Surgery Safe? Apr 16th, 2020

Gastric banding is an effective type of bariatric surgery for weight loss. The goal of gastric banding is to help those who are severely obese and unable to lose weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise. Experienced bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, offers the popular laparoscopic gastric Lap...

How Surgery Can Fix Tough to Treat Acid Reflux Mar 9th, 2020

When you have chronic acid reflux, you know how uncomfortable you feel, especially after eating and when lying down. If you’re overweight and over-the-counter medications are no longer providing relief, it may be the right time to consider the benefits of bariatric surgery. At West Houston Surgical Associates, the bariatric surgery experts...

The Difference Between Gastric Bypass and Gastric Banding Feb 21st, 2020

When you’re interested in bariatric surgery to help you achieve a healthy weight, you need to consider the many options now available in Houston, TX. As an experienced bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS performs several types of the most popular bariatric surgeries, including gastric bypass and gastric banding. To...

Dietary Changes You'll Need After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Jan 21st, 2020

Gastric sleeve surgery is a specialty of skilled bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS. This type of procedure is highly effective for weight loss and works by decreasing the size of your stomach to help you feel fuller faster after eating. Dr. Reilly’s expertise in gastric sleeve surgery not only...

It’s Not Just Snoring: The Dangers of Sleep Apnea Dec 1st, 2019

If your family and friends are constantly complaining about your loud snoring, don’t ignore them. Snoring is often the first indication you have an underlying sleep disorder, known as sleep apnea. At West Houston Surgical Associates, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, specializes in diagnosing sleep apnea and can provide guidance for...

How Gastric Sleeve Surgery Reduces Chronic Pain Nov 1st, 2019

If you’re limited in what you can do because of obesity and chronic pain, you may be an ideal candidate for gastric sleeve surgery. As an expert in gastric sleeve surgery, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, can help you find relief from your chronic pain and improve your overall quality of...

Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk for These Chronic Conditions Oct 1st, 2019

While many people aim to lose weight to look better, there are numerous health benefits that also go along with shedding extra pounds. Experienced bariatric surgeon, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, understands the struggle to lose weight in a safe and healthy way. He offers a number of surgical options and...

Lifestyle Changes to Ensure Your Gastric Sleeve Surgery Is Successful Sep 1st, 2019

Is gastric sleeve surgery in your future, or have you recently had the procedure done? One of the many myths about bariatric surgery is that you can continue an unhealthy lifestyle after the process without gaining weight.   At West Houston Surgical Associates in Houston, Texas, Dr. Christopher Reilly believes in...

The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes Aug 1st, 2019

Medical experts often speak about the link between obesity and diabetes. It’s not just an unjustified bias against people who are overweight, either. The health concerns related to obesity are numerous, the most significant of which may be the link with developing diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Not Just for Weight Loss: The Gastric Sleeve Can Improve These Health Issues Too Jul 1st, 2019

If you’re significantly overweight and can’t seem to lose the excess pounds, no matter how hard you try, you may be a good candidate for the gastric sleeve. Dr. Reilly removes roughly nine-tenths of your stomach during the procedure and forms a smaller pouch (the “sleeve”) with what remains. As...

Help Your Type 2 Diabetes Through Weight Loss Surgery Jun 1st, 2019

As the obesity rate rises in America, so does the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. And the No. 1 risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is obesity. Doctors even estimate that the primary cause of 9 out of 10 Type 2 diabetes cases is extra weight. Left untreated, diabetes...

Simple Lifestyle Modifications That Can Relieve Discomfort Caused by GERD May 3rd, 2019

Life with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) certainly has its challenges as persistent heartburn, along with other symptoms like regurgitation, plague your waking — and sleeping — hours. At West Houston Surgical Associates, under the experienced guidance of Dr. Christopher Reilly, we specialize in gastrointestinal problems, helping our patients in the...

Does Weight Affect Sleep Apnea? Apr 3rd, 2019

There’s no doubt that being overweight contributes to sleep apnea. Obese patients have nearly double the risk for developing sleep apnea compared to patients with a healthy weight.  And if you gain weight after being diagnosed with sleep apnea, chances are six times higher that your apnea will worsen. At...

How Gastric Banding (aka Lap-Bands) Works Mar 1st, 2019

Gastric banding is a minimally invasive, quick, and reversible bariatric surgery. The process decreases the size of your stomach so you can only tolerate small portions, eat less, and lose weight. During the procedure, your surgeon places an inflatable band around the top portion of your stomach. Many people successfully...

9 Tips to Prepare for Gastric Sleeve Surgery Feb 1st, 2019

You’re done struggling with your weight and you’ve decided gastric sleeve surgery is the best choice for you. Here at West Houston Surgical Associates, we couldn’t be more excited for you and we’re looking forward to helping you change your life. Gastric sleeve surgery removes about 90% of your stomach,...

The Gastric Balloon: Fad or Game-Changer? Jan 14th, 2019

If you’re obese, and adjusting your diet and exercise habits haven’t been effective for weight loss, you have good reason to consider a procedure to help you lose weight. More than one-third of Americans have a body mass index of 30 or more, putting them at risk for a host...

How Gastric Bypass Can Cure Type 2 Diabetes Dec 11th, 2018

More than 30 million American adults are living with Type 2 diabetes, and more than 90% are overweight or obese. Not only is carrying excess weight a major risk factor for diabetes, but it can also make it more difficult to control your blood sugar if you already have the...