By Melissa Gautier
It is not uncommon to feel the weight of the world upon us, especially this past year. If the pandemic slump has your overweight body yearning for a healthier lifestyle, slimmer physique, and a new lease on life, Ultimate Bariatrics may be your answer. With multiple surgical options for safe weight loss in obese patients, their comprehensive program includes after-care support for a safe and successful weight-loss journey.
A Remarkable Group of Surgeons
The team of experienced surgeons at Ultimate Bariatrics are highly-skilled in not only surgical weight-loss procedures, diet, and nutrition, but they also have an excellent rapport with their patients. Lending an empathetic ear, they understand what patients are going through in their struggles and attempts at losing weight.
- Band After Bypass
- BioTE Hormone Therapy
- Heartburn and Reflux
- Gastric Bypass
- Gastric Sleeve
- General Surgery
- Medical Weight Loss
- Lap-Band System
- Obalon and Orbera balloons
- Weight Loss Revisions
- Magnetic Surgery
Dr. Adam Smith
Dr. Smith has first-hand experience. He’s not just a bariatric surgeon, but a patient himself. After seeing the amazing success of his patients with the Lap-Band system, he chose to undergo the surgery in 2002 for his own weight loss. “The experience enabled me to relate to my patients and their everyday struggles,” he says. He used to wear slip-on shoes because his weight prevented him from bending over to buckle or lace shoes. “After the operation and weight loss, I was able to tie my shoes for the first time in five years!”
Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and attended medical school at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and his residency at University of North Texas Health Science Center. He joined the faculty at UNT in 1994 where he was director of general surgery residency training and vice chair of the department of surgery.
“Minimally invasive surgery was relatively new in 1994 at the time I completed my general surgery residency at UNT,” he explains. “The Lap-Band system wasn’t even approved by the FDA yet, so Dr. Robert Snow and I traveled to another country to learn the procedure.” After FDA approval in 2001, the first Lap-Band surgery in Tarrant County was performed by Drs. Smith and Snow. Dr. Smith was later trained in gastric bypass at UT Southwestern to round out the program.
Dr. Smith opened his private practice in 2004. Today, the Ultimate Bariatrics team consists of four surgeons with three office locations. “Last year we performed more than 1,000 surgeries,” he states. “The majority of my patients are doing well because they have followed postop instructions and have realistic expectations. They’re staying active and have control of their lives again,” he says. “It’s about treating the whole person, before and after surgery.” Dr. Smith has been a surgical trainer for Lap-Band system for years. He has trained surgeons across the country and lectured internationally.
Dr. Robert Snow
Dr. Snow is a general and bariatric surgeon with extensive experience in established treatment approaches such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. He achieved local and national recognition and is a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from The University of Texas, Austin, his DO from The University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, and completed his general surgery residency at Dallas Fort Worth Medical Center. He was part of the first group of surgeons in the United States trained to perform Lap-Band placement. He has trained and proctored more than 300 surgeons in the procedure.
Dr. Jay Roberts
Dr. Jay Roberts received his education at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He trained and worked alongside Dr. Adam Smith during his residency. After treating more than 100 bariatric cases, Dr. Roberts began training at Tampa General Hospital, focusing on bariatric surgery. As the primary surgeon there, he performed more than 100 bariatric operations, including revision surgery. He also received extensive robotic surgery training and performed robotic sleeve gastrectomy, ventral hernia repair, and gastric bypass. He returned to Fort Worth in 2016 to work alongside Dr. Smith again. He is a board-certified surgeon, recently appointed as an associate adjunct professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Richard Novak
Dr. Novak is a general surgeon with specialty training in minimally invasive, advanced laparoscopic, and bariatric surgery. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2003 and his MD from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School in 2007. His general surgery internship was done at New York University Langone Health Center in 2008, and his fellowship at Hackensack University Medical Center in 2012. He excels at performing major abdominal surgeries using tiny incisions, training at New York University and Bellevue Hospitals. After years of practice in New Jersey, Dr. Novak and his wife relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to raise their family.
Continued Care After Surgery
The knowledge Dr. Smith gleaned from years of experience in bariatric surgery helped him to develop one of the most comprehensive aftercare programs in North Texas. “We stay on top of everything ourselves,” he says. “You always see a surgeon at every appointment and we follow our patients’ progress for years after the surgery to ensure they stay healthy.”
If you’ve struggled with your weight for years, have tried all the diets, and exercised without seeing long-term results, you’re not alone. Obesity is a leading chronic illness in America. It can significantly increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Ultimate Bariatrics is about more than losing weight. It’s about helping you take charge of your health, lower the stress on your body, and improve your quality of life.
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