An interview with Dr. Gerardo Carcamo of STX Bariatric Surgeons

In the following interview, San Antonio Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Gerardo Carcamo discusses the steps for getting started with weight loss surgery.

Who is a candidate for weight loss surgery?

One way is to look at a patient’s BMI. If your BMI is greater than 30, you are considered stage 1 obesity. If your BMI is 35, you are considered class 2 obesity. At 40, you are in class 3 or morbidly obese. Anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher is a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Why not just try diet and exercise?

Studies have shown diet and exercise just don’t work for most. A very small percentage of patients with a BMI of 30 or above can lose weight on their own. They need something else. They need help. That’s what weight loss surgery is all about. It’s not a cure for obesity; it’s just a tool that gives you the means to accomplish what you can’t achieve on your own. It makes the job easier—not easy, just easier.

What can I expect during my initial weight loss surgery consultation at STX Surgeons?

You’ve likely been researching weight loss surgery and may even know what you want. When you come into our office, you generally want to know: Is this the person going to help me? Is he the one who is going to provide me with the guidance I need?

I tell my patients: I can show you the path, but I can’t walk the walk for you. I can walk along with you.

Patients want a surgeon who is empathetic, and who doesn’t treat them like a number. We know you have struggled—that there is a real person behind those happy eyes who is struggling inside—who no one is willing to listen to.

Your first step to a healthier life is to make the phone call and let us help you onto the path to weight loss.

Interested in discussing your weight loss surgery options? Call STX Surgeons (210) 220-1726 to schedule a consultation with San Antonio’s top bariatric surgeons, Dr. Keith Wright or Dr. Gerardo Carcamo.