Live Your Dream!

Don’t let your struggle with weight rob your quality of life.

What do you dream about? Enjoying a hike? Riding a bike? Playing with your kids? Obesity not only robs you of ordinary, daily activities, but it can create a number of health problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression can all result from being overweight. These and many other health problems often improve significantly with weight loss.

It’s time to live your dream! Portneuf Weight Management Institute can help. Our personalized, holistic approach to weight loss ensures your optimum plan for success. You receive support and counseling from a multidisciplinary team of specialists — all dedicated to you and your dreams of weight loss. Your team includes a nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, physical therapist, psychiatrist, and even a surgeon if necessary. If “diets” always seem to fail, then surgery may be a very good option.

Find out what weight loss and surgical options you have by attending a free informational seminar.

What do you dream about? Let us help you live it! Portneuf Surgical Specialists offers a fellowship trained bariatric surgeon who delivers short and long-term results.

Discovery Seminars

Join us at our free monthly Discovery Seminars to learn more about weight loss surgery and if it’s right for you. Learn how weight loss affects:

  • Diabetes
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Liver health
  • Gout
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Migraines

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is surgery on the stomach and/or intestines to help a person, with extreme obesity, lose weight. It promotes weight loss by increasing the feeling of fullness and satisfaction after small meals through restriction of the stomach size and/or reducing the absorption of calories by changing the digestive system’s anatomy.

Bariatric surgery is the clinical term for several different procedures. The procedures use one or both of two approaches to help patients lose weight and improve or resolve obesity-related or “co-morbid” conditions.

These different methods work to help patients lose excess weight, lower their BMI, and transform their health by resolving or improving co-morbid conditions. Bariatric surgery has many benefits that can lead to a healthier, higher quality of life. It also has certain risks.

RESTRICTIVE PROCEDURES
During these procedures, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch that limits the amount of food patients can eat. The smaller stomach pouch fills quickly, which helps patients feel satisfied with less food.

Examples of restrictive procedures include gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy.

MALABSORPTIVE PROCEDURES
During these procedures, the surgeon reroutes the small intestine so that food skips a portion of it. The small intestine absorbs calories and nutrients from food, and avoiding part of it means that many calories and nutrients are not absorbed.

Surgeons rarely perform strictly malabsorptive procedures. Most procedures that use malabsorption also use restriction.

COMBINATION PROCEDURES
Certain procedures use both restriction and malabsorption. For example, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a small pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the stomach pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. The smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.

Examples of combination procedures include gastric bypass.

Weight Management Institute

777 Hospital Way
South Medical Office, Suite 201
Pocatello, ID 83201
208-239-2620

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