Lose Weight and Keep It Off
If attempts to lose weight and keep it off have not worked, then weight-loss surgery at Southwest Healthcare may be the answer. Bariatric surgery can not only help you lose weight, but it can also reduce the risk of obesity-related complications such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
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If you need a referral to a physician at Southwest Healthcare, call our free physician referral service at 800-879-1020 or search for a doctor online.
Awards and Accreditations
- Southwest Healthcare Inland Valley Hospital and Palmdale Regional Medical Center have been designated Bariatric Surgery Comprehensive Centers by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
- Inland Valley Hospital has been recognized by Blue Shield® of California with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
- Palmdale Regional has been recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
- Palmdale Regional has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.
Weight-Loss Surgery Options
Southwest Healthcare offers several weight-loss options. All patients are first assessed to determine the best option for them. Achieving long-term success with any procedure is dependent on the patient adapting a healthier lifestyle. You should always talk to your physician to find out if you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery.
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery (LAP-BAND®) helps patients lose weight by limiting the amount of food their stomachs can hold using an adjustable band.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a minimally invasive procedure in which a one-ounce stomach pouch is created and attached to the small intestine. This restricts patients to eating smaller portions of food, increasing satiety and reducing absorption.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed. This reduces hunger and increases satiety with smaller portions of food. This procedure is an alternative to gastric bypass surgery.
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
In the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, surgeons create a small pouch at the top of your stomach using staples. This section of the stomach is then connected directly to the small intestine so that the rest of the stomach is bypassed. This reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold and decreases the amount of food that can be absorbed by the body.
There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.