Dr. Brown performs 2 bariatric operations through the minimally invasive approach:
- laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass
50-60% percent of patients undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy also have a hiatal hernia repair performed to treat or prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn).
Utilizing evidence based on the most current scientific research, our program teaches a vital life-long nutrition plan based on
- eating the right foods to reverse the fundamental causes of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal cholesterol;
- eating at the right time of day, thereby optimizing the body’s ability to renew itself and avoid injury to one’s metabolism; and
- eating in the right way, incorporating key cognitive tools that change the relationship with food
The importance of sleep in reversing metabolic disease and slowing the aging process cannot be overstated. We counsel patients on improving the amount and quality of sleep as an important part of the formula for success.
We offer guidance in understanding the role of exercise in a healthy life. While diet and nutrition are by far the most important factors in weight loss and weight maintenance (a person can still lose weight even if they cannot exercise), exercise plays a role in improving metabolism and increasing lifespan.
Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. We routinely test our patients for heart disease risk markers and provide coaching on improving risks over time. Blood tests include those associated with diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, fatty liver, and inflammation.
Stress Management & The Growth Mindset
Recognizing the incredibly important connection between mind and body, we provide guidance on meditation and mindfulness-based interventions that play an important part in updating a person’s self-image. Taking advantage of the increased neuroplasticity that occurs after bariatric surgery, we employ cognitive tools to make the effects of surgery more pronounced and permanent.
We recognize that almost everybody who has struggled with weight and its associated problems has also struggled with shame, fear, anxiety, or embarrassment. The culture in our program is one of empathy and understanding. We believe that curing obesity requires us to separate its true cause from shame and guilt. Patients never burn bridges with us, and we never give up on our patients.
Ongoing group meetings facilitate a feeling of comradery and support among those preparing for or recovering from bariatric surgery. Lifelong friendships often form as people share experiences and insights in authentic and meaningful ways. Our support group meetings also provide a forum for ongoing education on a variety of health and longevity-based topics.
Where to find us
Phone: 208-378-4264 (IBMI)
Our Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed most major holidays
We accept all insurances
We accept all insurances including Medicare and Medicaid. Review the list of insurance plans we accept. Please contact us with any questions.