Bariartic Surgery Program Overview

Thank you for choosing UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center for your healthcare needs! The Bariatric Program consists of the following:

  • Initial Consultation with Bariatric Surgeon
    • This appointment will cover the various surgeries that are available, what is entailed in the program, and a question and answer time.
  • Psychosocial Evaluation
    • At your initial consultation, you will be given Psychosocial Evaluation Scales.  This appointment will review the results of those scales.  It is important to return the scales to the Bariatric Program as soon as completed so we can set up your evaluation appointment.
  • Nutritional Visits
    • There will be a minimum of three nutritional visits with our Dietician.  The first visit will be a one-on-one visit.  The following additional visits will be in a group setting.
  • Pre-Operative EGD
    • This study is done to check for masses.  During this procedure a biopsy will be taken to check for H. pylori, which is a bacteria that is found with stomach ulcers.  If you are found to have H. pylori you will be treated prior to surgery.  If you have a hernia, it will most-likely be repaired during surgery.
  • 10% weight loss
    • We ask that you work with your Primary Care Physician to lose 10% of your initial weight.  You need to follow-up with your Primary Care Physician monthly to monitor your progress.  These Primary Care visits must be a minimum of 6 consecutive months.   The Bariatric Clinic will need copies of your office visit notes or your physician can utilize the forms we provide you with in your initial packet.
  • Sleep Study
    • You may be asked to do a sleep study prior to surgery.  Keep in mind that this needs to be done prior to being able to schedule surgery.
  • Clearance
    • Your Primary Care Physician will need to send a letter regarding your clearance for surgery prior to scheduling a surgery date.
  • Mid-Program Review
    • This is a review of your progress through the program.  This visit will be done about 3-months into the program.
  • Multidisciplinary Team Review
    • This review is done with Team members to ensure that you are a good candidate for surgery.  Things that will be taken into consideration are your current BMI, co-morbidities, and appointments.
  • Pre-Operative Appointments
    • You will meet with both the Surgeon and Dietician prior to surgery.  At these appointments, the Surgeon and Dietician will review how to prepare for surgery.