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Bariatric Surgery | Rio Rancho & Albuquerque :: UNM Health System | The University of New Mexico

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Hear about the experiences of UNM Health bariatric surgery patients:

When excess weight impacts your quality of life, bariatric surgery and long-term lifestyle changes can improve your health and well-being. Look to UNM Health System in Rio Rancho for friendly support and a weight-loss surgery program that can help you live the life you want.

Bariatric Center Close to Home

You can trust UNM Health for high-quality care. We offer:

  • Experienced, highly qualified bariatric surgeons
  • A multidisciplinary team, including registered dietitians, behavioral health care providers, exercise therapists and nurses, all of whom help ensure you get well rounded care
  • Imaging and surgical tools specially designed for your needs
  • Strict measures to keep you safe

Comfortable Bariatric Facilities, Caring Staff

At UNM SRMC in Rio Rancho, you'll appreciate facilities designed for your comfort. The bariatric center features:

  • Comfortable, armless chairs in our waiting room
  • Accessible exam and operating room tables
  • Computed tomography (CT) scanner with a large opening
  • Private recovery suites with furniture and bathroom fixtures designed for bariatric surgery patients

Plus, you can count on our staff to create a welcoming environment as you work toward a healthy weight.

Doctors preparing to perform bariatric surgery at the UNM SRMC.

Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery and the long-term lifestyle changes that come with it may help you achieve significant, sustainable weight loss and improve conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

You may qualify for bariatric surgery if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • A BMI of 35 or above with at least two obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and heart disease
  • Previously made unsuccessful attempts to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise alone

Options for Weight-Loss Surgery

Partner with your bariatric surgeon to choose the right weight-loss procedure for you. Ask about:

  • Adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND®) surgery – Reduces your stomach's capacity through use of an adjustable silicone band that your doctor can easily tighten or loosen without additional surgery
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – “Staples” the stomach to create a small pouch and then connects it directly to the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the rest of the stomach
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy – Removes more than 80 percent of the stomach

Minimally Invasive Techniques for Weight Loss

You benefit from our focus on minimally invasive (laparoscopic) procedures. With this technique, your surgeon uses a tiny video camera called a laparoscope and special surgical tools to perform your bariatric surgery. That means you have less pain, smaller scars and a quicker recovery. In some cases, you may be able to return to your usual activities in as little as two weeks.

Bariatric Surgery Support & Follow-Up Care

Our caring staff at UNM SRMC will thoroughly prepare you for surgery and provide comprehensive follow-up care so you can achieve the best possible outcome. Learn more about preparation and follow-up care.

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation or learn more about bariatric surgery at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, call 505-994-7405


UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center
3001 Broadmoor Blvd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

photo: UNM SRMC building
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