The surgical weight loss (bariatrics) program at Dixie Regional Medical Center helps overweight people successfully obtain a healthy body weight as well as improve quality of life through a variety of surgical procedures. We've been offering this service in St. George since January of 2004. We treat patients throughout southern Utah, northern Arizona, and southern Nevada.
Who is a good candidate for surgical weight loss?
If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 40 and other medically managed weight loss programs have failed to help you reach a healthy weight, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery. If your BMI is over 35 and you have significant comorbidities — serious diseases related to obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease — surgery may be a good option.
The bowel is cut and rerouted to create a small pouch that releases food slowly, creating a full sensation after eating very little food.
About 85 percent of the stomach is removed laparoscopically and the stomach is sealed into a narrow tube or “sleeve.” The quantity of food the patient can consume is greatly reduced.
Gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy require an average of 1-2 days in the hospital and from one to six weeks of recovery afterwards, depending on the method of operation and your health. Lap Band surgery often doesn’t require a hospital stay and the recovery time can be as little as one week.
Cost and insurance
Many insurance companies will cover part or all of the costs for weight loss surgery. If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover the procedure, we offer substantial discounts for cash payments.
Surgery is only the beginning of the journey towards a healthy you. Permanent changes in your lifestyle and eating habits must be made for sustained weight loss. Our support group is held every third Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Kolob conference room on the 4th floor of building #3 at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Our free support group is a great place to get professional advice and get support from your peers.