Gastric bypass surgery is increasingly popular for Panhandle residents looking to lose large amounts of weight to stay healthy and live longer.
The only Amarillo gastric bypass surgeon says the surgery is most commonly used to fight off type two diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.
Lucille Horst from Borger says she risked her life to hopefully save it in the long run. She says her liver was failing and having the sometimes risky surgery was her only option.
The doctor gave Lucille Horst up to two years to live if lost a large amount of weight from her 5'3 nearly 300 pound frame.
"I felt like this is something I needed to do, I had nine grandchildren..I wanted to live past the two years my doctor gave me," says Horst.
The Amarillo gastric bypass surgeon says it is not a magic bullet and should not be taken lightly.
Dr. Roye says he does at least 200 weight-loss surgeries a year and his waiting list is growing longer nearly everyday.