Bariatric Surgery Albuquerque
Lovelace Westside Hospital offers the following bariatric services:
- Sleeve Gastrectomy
This surgical procedure reduces the stomach by 25% of it original size, by surgically removing a large portion of the stomach. The open edges are then attached together with staples to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. This procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. The procedure is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
Without any stomach cutting or stapling, the LAP-BAND® System reduces your stomach's capacity, restricting the amount of food you are able to eat at one time. Plus, you feel full faster and stay full longer, so you wind up eating less. This helps you gradually lose weight and keep it off. So you can live a healthier life - for your children, your family and yourself.
An adjustment is an in-office procedure where your provider alters the amount of fluid in your band, making it tighter or looser. This allows you to customize the LAP-BAND® System to meet your own needs. Just as you listen to your body, it's important for you to listen to your LAP-BAND® and work with your doctor to find the right fit, or degree of tightness, that allows you to feel full and comfortable. This will ensure you lose weight at a healthy, gradual pace.
- Bariatric Advantage® products
Bariatric Advantage® products are a comprehensive line of bariatric vitamins/nutrition products designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals who have undergone weight loss surgical procedures.
- Support groups
Join our weight loss support group. Call 505.727.2300 for more information.
There is a $450 program fee for Lovelace Westside Bariatrics, which includes dietary and exercise counseling, psychosocial evaluation, exercise therapy, and one bag of Bariatric Advantage Meal replacement.
Medical Weight Loss Program
For individuals seeking a non-surgical approach to achieving and maintaining significant weight loss, Lovelace Westside Hospital provides an outstanding medically-supervised treatment program. Participants receive a specific treatment plan to meet their individual needs and preferences. This plan is supported by nutrition education, healthy lifestyle coaching, and strategies to improve obesity-related conditions. Our medical weight loss program clients also enjoy connections to individual exercise options that meet their changing fitness levels. Psychological counseling and support groups are available to each patient to help deal with the emotions surrounding weight and weight loss.
This medical weight loss program has proven to be effective for individuals who prefer a non-surgical treatment plan. We encourage anyone considering this treatment option to remember that it requires time and patience to see results. It’s also important to know that, at Lovelace Westside Hospital, you won’t be alone on this journey. We’re committed to providing you with the tools and support necessary to guide you safely through each step to success and a lifetime of healthy living.
- Individuals who are overweight (excess weight 50 lbs or less)
- Do not desire surgical intervention
- Physician supervised weight loss treatment plan
- Nutritional supplements and counseling
- Follow specific plan to achieve weight loss goals
- Co-morbidity improvement with treatment
- Lifetime benefits for healthy living