Weight loss surgery in Idaho Falls, Idaho

The weight loss clinic at Eastern Idaho Regional offers safe and effective bariatric surgery options for patients in Idaho Falls. Our weight loss doctors and surgeons have helped numerous patients successfully lose weight with LAP-BAND® and gastric sleeve surgeries.

If weight loss surgery is right for you, our team will be with you every step of the way. To learn more about bariatric surgery, please call (208) 529-7373.

Sleeve gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, leaves your stomach much smaller, but close to the normal stomach in terms of its function.

During the procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve of the stomach is created using a stapling device, and the rest of the stomach is removed. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure, meaning it limits the amount of food you can eat and helps you feel full sooner. It allows for normal digestion and absorption.

Sleeve gastrectomy patients do not suffer adverse effects from eating sugars (dumping syndrome), but this does require more discipline in food choices. Foods like soda, ice cream, cake and cookies slide through the new “sleeve” easily, but these food choices will not lead to the desired goal of significant weight loss.

Studies suggest that a sleeve gastrectomy may also change hormone levels in the body to help with weight loss. Researchers continue to study these hormone level changes.

Advantages of sleeve gastrectomy

  • Minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery that results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars and less pain than open surgical procedures
  • Co-morbid obesity conditions often resolve 12 to 24 months after the procedure
  • Resolution rates for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea are similar to resolution rates for other restrictive procedures, such as lap banding (gastric banding)
  • Studies have demonstrated superiority of sleeve gastrectomy over adjustable lap banding in terms of weight loss, co-morbidity reduction and diabetes remission

Risks of sleeve gastrectomy

  • Surgery is not reversible
  • Staple line on the stomach increases the risk for gastric contents to leak out of the stomach into the abdominal area, which can be fatal if not treated immediately
  • Some studies have demonstrated superiority of gastric bypass over the sleeve gastrectomy with regards to weight loss, co-morbidity reduction or diabetes remission
  • Minor wound or skin infection/scarring, deformity and loose skin
  • Vomiting or nausea, inability to eat certain foods and improper eating
  • Inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis)
  • Worsening of acid reflux that may improve as weight loss progresses
  • Problems with the outlet of the stomach (narrowing or stretching)
  • Anemia, metabolic deficiency
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Development of gallstones or gallbladder disease
  • Stomach or outlet ulcers (peptic ulcers)
  • Weight gain or failure to lose satisfactory weight

Lap banding

Lap banding, also known as gastric banding, is another effective weight loss surgery we perform in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The LAP-BAND® system is a saline-filled, adjustable band placed around the upper part of the stomach. The band divides the stomach into two portions, one smaller and one larger portion. Because food is regulated, most patients feel full faster when they eat. Food digestion occurs through the normal digestive process.

Since the gastric band is put in place using a laparoscopic procedure, potential for complications is greatly reduced. The procedure is minimally invasive with no stapling or dividing of native tissue. Lap banding surgery can usually be performed in less than an hour. Many of our patients are discharged the same day as their procedure, or after a single night's stay in the hospital.

Your lap band surgery at Eastern Idaho Regional includes 12 months of follow-up with the New U team. Each follow-up visit includes individual time spent with a registered dietician and an exercise physiologist, as well as a band adjustment when needed.

There is no limit to the number of follow-up visits in the first 12 months, and we encourage you to come in every three to four weeks. Studies prove that patients who make and keep frequent appointments and attend support groups have the greatest weight loss success.

Advantages of lap banding

  • Surgery can be reversed
  • Restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at a meal
  • Food consumed passes through the digestive tract in the usual order allowing it to be fully absorbed into the body
  • Band can be adjusted to increase or decrease restriction

Risks of lap banding

  • Gastric perforation or tearing in the stomach wall may require additional operation
  • Access port leakage or twisting may require additional operation
  • May not provide the necessary feeling of satisfaction that one has had enough to eat
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Outlet obstruction
  • Pouch dilatation
  • Band migration/slippage