The Presbyterian Bariatric Center offers treatment of severe obesity and obesity-related health conditions through surgical intervention. Our multi-disciplinary team works together with your primary care physician and other specialists to create a plan of care that will help you maintain healthy weight loss and improve your quality of life. Our comprehensive program will provide you with nutritional and psychological support before, during, and after surgery to help you achieve the success needed for a healthier life.
Presbyterian Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
What is Bariatric Surgery and how does it work?
Bariatric surgery, also called metabolic or weight loss surgery, modifies the stomach and in some cases the stomach’s connections. While bariatric surgery provides a physical tool to assist with weight loss, the entire process takes a life-long commitment to making mental, emotional and lifestyle changes for the long term.
Our program offers different surgical options to patients. The most commonly performed weight loss surgeries in our program are the Gastric Sleeve and the Gastric Bypass. Our program also does revision operations for patients who have had prior weight loss surgery but are now experiencing difficulties or problems. All of these procedures are performed laparoscopically, reducing recovery time and risk of complications.
What are the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery assists with weight loss, which helps improve obesity-related health conditions such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Gastric Reflux
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Arthritis or joint pain
If you have any of the following conditions, you may not qualify for this service. Please consult with your healthcare provider to determine if you can qualify.
- Currently smoking
- Recent substance or alcohol abuse
- Current malignancy
- Active eating disorder
- Active psychiatric condition or recent suicide attempt
- Organ failure or organ transplant
How Do I Get Started?
If you suffer from severe obesity and an obesity-related health condition you may benefit from bariatric surgery.
The first step is to contact your current health insurance provider to verify your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery. Coverage and pre-qualifying criteria may vary based on your specific health plan.
Once you have determined that your current insurance covers bariatric services, contact our office at 505-253-6050, for a pre-screening evaluation with the bariatric program coordinator. This evaluation will help determine eligibility for the bariatric program, based on your health plan coverage criteria.
If it is determined you meet the criteria of your health plan then you will be invited to attend a seminar, where you will learn more about bariatric surgery and our program pathway.
Program Information & Resources
Pre-surgical Nutrition Assessment and Education
Pre-surgical Psychological Evaluation
Support Group Schedule
Who Will be on My Care Team?
William Rice, MD, Medical Director/Surgeon
Ashley Hansen, MSPAS, PA-C, Certified Physician Assistant
Cynthia Chall-Silva, MS, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian
Kamila Cass, PhD, ACT, Clinical Psychologist
Kristina Rynes PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Your care team will also include registered nurses, medical assistants, and other support staff, all working together with your primary care provider to guide you through this life-changing process.
Holly Garcia, RN, CCRN, Bariatric Program Coordinator
Jody Moranda, RN, Clinical Nurse Care Manager
Denise Hipolito-Beltran, Medical Assistant
Amariz Martinez, Surgery Coordinator
Trish Woolley, Financial Advocate
Marliss Moquino, Quality Surgical Clinical Reviewer
- The Bariatric Center at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Physician Office Building (Rio Rancho)
- 2400 Unser Blvd. SE, Lower Level
- Rio Rancho, NM 87124
- Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Office Phone: 505-253-6050
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A department of Presbyterian Hospital.