Surgical Weight Loss

"I recently had a gastric sleeve with this practice and the doctor and staff were wonderful.

They explained everything to me in detail and made my decision easier. I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone seeking bariatric or any other type of surgery. They really cared about me and my needs."

—From Patient Survey

At your appointment we will check your height and weight and calculate your BMI. You will meet with Dr. Bisland personally to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for surgical weight loss. Surgical weight loss options will be discussed with you if you meet the criteria. We will then begin the process of preparing you for surgery by having you meet with the dietician and any other appointments the doctor feels are necessary based on your individual medical needs.

Obesity is a life-threatening disease affecting 1 in 3 of all adults in the US. It is associated with co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis, etc. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI (body mass index) of 35 or more with co-morbidities or a BMI of greater than 40. BMI is calculated based on the patient’s height and weight. Discover your BMI here.


Sleeve Gastrectomy

Currently, there are three main surgical procedures for weight loss (BariatricSurgery). These include gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, and recently the sleeve gastrectomy. All three procedures are performed laparoscopically through 5-6 small incisions. Thibodaux Surgical Specialists currently performs the adjustable gastic band and the sleeve gastrectomy.


Candidates for weight loss surgery include patients with a BMI > 35 with co-morbidities (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) or a BMI > 40. Some insurances cover bariatric surgery depending on each individual policy.

The surgery takes 1-2 hours to perform, and most patients stay overnight in the hospital and are discharged the following morning. This is true for both the band and sleeve gastrectomy. On average, the patient can expect to lose about 40-50% of his/her excess weight with the adjustable gastric band and about 70-80% of his/her excess weight with the sleeve gastrectomy. Following bariatric surgery, approximately 70-80% of patient’s diabetes and/or high blood pressure resolves.

Currently, Dr Bisland is the areas only Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgeon in the area. He performed his surgical training at LSU in New Orleans and then went on to a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery in Miami, Fl.

The people on your team include our office staff who will help with insurance or financing options if self pay, a dietician, possible diabetes specialist, possible behavioral health consult and  possible pulmonary and cardiac clearance depending on each individual need.

William B. Bisland, Jr., M.D.

Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery

Dr. William Bisland is a graduate of Vandebilt Catholic High School in Houma, Louisiana, and earned his undergraduate degree from Nicholls State University. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans. Thereafter, he completed his Residency in General Surgery at LSU in New Orleans where he was named Administrative Chief Resident.

Additionally, Dr. Bisland completed a Fellowship in Bariatric, Laparoscopic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery from Miami, Florida. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American College of Surgeons and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has a special interest and has published papers on the Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, a bariatric/weight-loss procedure. Dr. Bisland spends his free time hunting, fishing and providing community service.