Weight loss center in Las Vegas
Losing weight can increase a patient’s chances at a longer, healthier life, improve mobility and give them more energy to carry out daily activities. With advancements in bariatric surgery, patients can enjoy a better quality of life and eliminate many health conditions associated with obesity.
Sunrise Hospital's surgical weight loss management program combines evidence-based medicine with an individualized plan of care. Our center offers several bariatric surgeries to treat obesity. Our bariatric team focuses on providing a safe, personal, and exceptional surgical experience with state-of-the-art surgical technology.
For a free physician referral or more information, call us at (833) 264-6827.
Sunrise Hospital is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, which sets national standards for bariatric surgery centers to create safe and high-quality care for weight loss patients.
Blue Cross Blue Shield recognizes Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care in their Bariatric Surgical Program.
Benefits of bariatric surgery
Successful surgical weight loss can improve the quality of a patient’s life. It can lead to long-term weight control and reduce the risks of morbid obesity. It can also reduce the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, sleep apnea and many other medical conditions.
Many patients feel more energetic after surgery and their initial weight loss, which gives them a more active lifestyle. Patients also report an improved self-image and greater confidence after reaching their desired weight.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgery is ideal for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 to 40 for patients with obesity-related medical conditions.
Candidates for bariatric surgery should have previously tried to lose weight through non-surgical methods. They should also be committed to follow-up care. This includes understanding the dietary, exercise and medical guidelines needed following surgery and throughout their lives.
The most critical step in deciding on weight loss surgery is understanding the options available, along with the potential benefits and risks.
Surgical weight loss procedures
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery divides weight loss procedures into three basic categories:
- Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit food intake and produce a sense of fullness after small meals.
- Malabsorptive procedures alter the digestive system to reduce the size of the stomach and bypass part of the intestine, so food passes more quickly, and the body absorbs fewer calories.
- Combined procedures use both restrictive and malabsorptive techniques.
We offer three procedures through Sunrise's surgical weight loss program. Each procedure has a specially developed set of nutritional guidelines patients must follow after surgery to lose weight and keep it off.
A sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure in which bariatric surgeons remove two-thirds of the stomach. This creates a quicker sense of fullness and decreased appetite.
The remaining stomach looks like a long tube, which restricts food intake by allowing only a small amount of food to be consumed at one time. Patients lose weight because of the smaller stomach's capacity and the production of the hormone ghrelin, which is associated with hunger and appetite.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
A gastric band is an adjustable silicone band that doctors place (like a belt) around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a new, smaller upper stomach pouch and leaves the larger part of the stomach below.
This new upper pouch can only hold a small amount of food, so patients will feel full sooner and are not hungry between meals.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Surgeons create a small stomach pouch that restricts food intake, resulting in feelings of fullness following even small meals. As gastric bypass implies, food goes past most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Thus, Roux-en-Y achieves weight loss through both gastric restriction and malabsorption.