Bariatric Surgery

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center Bariatrics

UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center is proud to offer comprehensive, high-quality care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. Through a variety of surgical techniques and a lifetime of follow-up care, our team is committed to helping you achieve sustainable weight loss and reduce the comorbidities associated with obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, reflux and sleep apnea.

The Bariatric Surgery Program at UNM SRMC also partners with ABQ Health Partners Bariatrics, serving as the surgical site of choice for their bariatric surgeons. To read more about our exciting partnership with ABQ HP Bariatrics, please click here.

Center of Excellence

UNM SRMC Bariatric Surgery Program is fully accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as "comprehensive" center for weight loss surgery. In addition to this achievement – which makes us the first hospital in the state of New Mexico to receive such accreditation status from MBSAQIP - our facility is specifically designed to accommodate overweight patients. With beds, stretchers, operating room tables, commodes, furniture and imaging equipment designed to support larger-than-average individuals, UNM SRMC offers bariatric surgery patients a pleasant and comfortable experience in a healthcare environment where providers and staff are sensitive to and considerate of the needs of obese individuals.

We Are Here For You

Together, UNM SRMC and ABQ HP Bariatrics offer three methods of bariatric surgery to serve your individual needs. Our facility supports minimally-invasive surgical approaches for the following procedures:

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – This laparoscopic procedure involves making the stomach smaller and altering the digestion process. The stomach is “stapled” to make a small pouch that can only hold small portions of food, allowing patients to feel satisfied and full with less food. The stomach is then reconnected farther down the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the remaining stomach and a small portion of the small intestine. This “bypass” leads to reduced absorption of calories and nutrients in the body.
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – A restrictive weight loss procedure where a large portion of the stomach is removed laparoscopically, allowing patients to feel satisfied and full with less food.
  • Adjustable Gastric Banding – A laparoscopic procedure where an adjustable prosthetic band (Lap-Band®) is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that can only hold a limited amount of food. The adjustable band can be tightened by injecting saline into a small port under the skin of the abdominal wall, which fills the band and makes it tighter, and it can be loosened by removing the saline.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these procedures, please visit the ABQ Health Partners Bariatrics webpage.

For a program overview that is specific to UNM SRMC, please click here.

Contact Us

 We would love to answer any questions you may have about services we offer!

  • Bariatric Program Coordinator at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center: (505) 994-7405
  • ABQ HP Bariatrics: or (505) 262-7281

Understanding Obesity

The terms “overweight” and “obese” are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Obesity is measured by Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation of height to weight comparison (kg/m2) that is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems. The following are how BMI levels are categorized:

To calculate your own BMI, please use the BMI Calculator.

For more information about obesity and bariatric surgery, please visit the Obesity Action Coalition.