Weight-Loss Surgery Procedures

Bariatric Surgery

The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center offers both surgical and non-surgical options to help patients lose weight. 

Surgical Options

Gastric Sleeve

The Gastric Sleeve, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastroectomy, is the latest weight loss procedure. This innovative procedure is frequently chosen by potential bariatric patients because it has fewer long-term risks and doesn't require any foreign objects to be placed inside the body. Out-of-town patients also favor this procedure because of the minimal follow-up care required. Many insurance plans cover this procedure for their members.

Patients undergoing the sleeve procedure can typically expect an overnight stay in the hospital and the ability to return to work or other commitments within one week of surgery. Sleeve patients who practice the principles of behavior change can expect, on average, 60-70 percent excess weight loss within two years of having surgery. Additionally, patients tend to have fewer long-term risks such as ulcers, hernias and nutritional deficiencies.

Gastric Banding

Gastric banding surgery is performed laparoscopically by placing an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach. The new, small upper stomach pouch and a narrowed outlet limit the stomach capacity and increase the feeling of fullness. A reduction in food intake results in weight loss.

Roux-en-Y Procedure (Gastric Bypass)

In the Roux-en-Y procedure, surgeons place a staple line across the top portion of the stomach to create a very small stomach pouch. Surgeons then connect the new stomach pouch to the small intestine. This reduces the amount of food eaten and decreases absorption of the food that is consumed.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery uses several very small incisions in the abdomen instead of a single, large incision. Surgeons operate through these incisions using a laparoscope”a fiber optic tube and a small video camera that shows the abdominal organs on a TV monitor. Patients usually feel less pain and have a shorter recovery period with laparoscopic surgery.

Options for Those Who Regain Weight

There are other surgical options, such as revisional surgery, if you've regained weight after gastric bypass surgery, due to a stretched stomach pouch or an enlarged stomach outlet.

Non-Surgical Options

ORBERA Non-Surgical Weight-Loss Balloon 

The ORBERA™ Instragastric Balloon System is a non-surgical, temporary weight-loss device designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 who have struggled to lose weight through diet and exercise, and don't want or can't have weight-loss surgery. The system includes a lightweight, durable weight-loss balloon that takes up space inside the stomach to make you feel full, encourage portion control and help you lose weight.

Watch How the ORBERA™ Weight-Loss Balloon Works


To receive the OBERA™ balloon, you must participate in a 12-month program that includes:

  • The placement of the ORBERA™ balloon in your stomach for six months. Under mild sedation, a physician inserts a deflated balloon through the mouth and into the stomach. When the balloon is in place, it is filled with a safe saline solution so that it takes up space inside your stomach and makes your feel full. The procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes and patients  typically go home the same day. While the balloon is in place, you and your physician work with a weight -loss team to develop a specially-designed diet and exercise program. After six months, the balloon is deflated and removed while you will continue to work with your weight-loss team to maintain your diet and exercise program and develop healthier lifestyle habits.
  • A healthy diet and exercise plan for the six months the ORBERA™ balloon is in place, and for six months after it is removed.

If you do not follow the diet and exercise plan, you may not experience significant weight loss, or may not lose any weight at all. To help you lose weight, you will be supervised throughout the process by a team of physicians, physiologists and nutritionists who will help you make necessary changes in your eating and exercise habits.

For additional information about weight-loss surgery, contact The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Desert Springs Hospital by using the chat feature, sending an email or calling 702-369-7618. 

If you need a referral to a weight-loss surgeon or other physician at Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, call our free Direct Doctors Plus referral service at 1-702-388-4888.