Bariatric Procedures at NWSH

Our Bariatric Program

We understand that no one consciously chooses to be obese, suffer illness, have limited physical capabilities, be discriminated against, or die prematurely. Obesity is a complex and tenacious disease that is influenced by a person’s genetic makeup and driven by our behaviors. At Northwest Bariatrics, we believe that all people are capable of change resulting in renewal of spirit, body, and mind. We believe that our team can provide you with the skills needed to achieve your goals. We believe that you deserve help in your struggle to lead a healthy, fulfilling, and long life. Begin your weight loss journey with the most experienced bariatric surgeon and staff in Idaho.

Northwest Specialty Hospital, located in Idaho, takes a holistic approach to patient care before, during and after your weight loss surgery. Our patients are individually prepared for surgery by a team of healthcare specialists from the disciplines of bariatric medicine, mental health, physical therapy, and dietary science. Weight loss surgery is performed by a board certified general surgeon who has advanced specialized training in laparoscopic surgical techniques and is a bariatric medical specialist. Professionally directed after-care support groups help our patients stay on track and achieve optimal weight loss results. Our goal is to help you live healthier, lighter and longer!

Our Weight Loss Surgery Mission

At Northwest Specialty Hospital we have developed a comprehensive program for treatment of morbid obesity which:

  • Recognizes that this is a disease with genetic basis and behavioral influences.
  • Engages the disciplines of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, dietetics, and exercise physiology.
  • Adheres to the published guidelines of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the National Institutes of Health in regards to treatment of the disease. Our surgeons maintain membership in good standing with these organizations.
  • Provides long-term patient follow-up.
  • Maintains a relationship with other nationally recognized programs and is able to achieve equivalent outcome data with respect to efficacy, morbidity, and mortality.

Bariatric Procedures

Gastric Sleeve

The Sleeve gastrectomy is the most recent addition to the menu of surgical options offered by Northwest Specialty Hospital. In this procedure, more than 90% of the lateral portion of the stomach is removed. This creates a long cylindrical pouch which restricts food volume.

Weight loss with this operation tends to be superior to gastric banding and similar to that seen with gastric bypass. Weight loss is attributed to a reduction in eating capacity and appetite suppression which is associated with this procedure. The reduction in stomach size leads to a significant reduction in hunger hormone production (Ghrelin and others) and produces long term appetite suppression.

This operation is slightly more challenging to perform than banding procedures but less demanding than a gastric bypass. As a consequence, this procedure is associated with low complication rates. We believe it to be an improvement over banding because it offers greater control of appetite and does not require any adjustments. Additionally, there is no foreign material left in the body which can sometimes lead to late complications such as band erosion or slippage. With this operation, there is less post-operative dietary inhibition (no dumping syndrome). Therefore, higher levels of carbohydrate and fat are tolerated when compared to patients with gastric bypass. This makes sleeve gastrectomy slightly less effective than gastric bypass for both weight loss and treatment of diabetes.


The Roux-en-Y (roo-en-y) gastric bypass surgery is currently the most common surgical procedure used to treat obesity. This type of gastric bypass surgery reduces the stomach size to less than two ounces (roughly the size of a golf ball) and bypasses the lower stomach and approximately 20% of the upper portion of the small intestine. The combined effects are decreased hunger, smaller food volumes, and reduced ability to absorb calories. On average, our patients lose 75% of their excess body weight within the first year.

Our patients also benefit from the laparoscopic technique used in our Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Laparoscopy uses very small incisions and special instruments to perform an operation that would traditionally require a much larger incision. These techniques greatly reduce pain and suffering as well as risks of certain complications such as lung problems, wound infections, and hernias. This results in shorter hospital stays, more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Typically, patients undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery leave the hospital in one day, resume normal activities in seven to ten days, and are back to work within two weeks.

Bariatric Procedures Pricing

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