Bariatric and General Surgery
520 S. Eagle Road
Meridian, Idaho 83642
Fax (208) 706-6213
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Welcome to St. Luke's Clinic
– Bariatric and General Surgery. We are committed to providing
state-of-the-art surgical care to the people of our region. Our staff and surgeon, Jim Valentine, MD, look forward to caring for you and helping you on your way to better health.
Bariatric and General Surgery
Dr. Valentine specializes in bariatric surgery, is part of St. Luke's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program, and performs these various weight loss surgical procedures:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
He is also general surgeon who performs laparoscopic procedures including:
New Patients / Appointments
We are accepting new patients.
Click here to find out if you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, and to register for an informational seminar.
After-hours and Weekends
A physician is always available on call. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department. For phone questions, call the clinic at (208) 706-6212 and you will be connected to the on-call physician.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Bariatric surgery results in weight loss for patients who are considered "morbidly obese," easing the burden on the body's muscles, bones, and joints. But even more important, it can improve and even resolve serious metabolic diseases and conditions such as type II diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and obstructive sleep apnea.
St. Luke's Clinics
St. Luke's Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled health care professionals in locations throughout our region.
Jim Valentine, MD is an experienced bariatric surgeon and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He began performing bariatric surgical procedures in 2001 and has since completed more than 500 weight loss surgeries. Dr. Valentine performs laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy.
Dr. Valentine also is a general surgeon in practice in the Treasure Valley since 1993. He has been active as chairman of Surgical Services, 1990-2000 and 2005.
We try to stay on time, as a courtesy to you and others. Since paperwork may take a few minutes, please arrive early. As emergencies do occur, there may be occasions when your appointment time will be delayed. We will always try to keep you informed in the event of a delay, and will be happy to reschedule your appointment, if you prefer. We ask that you respect the appointment time we have reserved for you, and call 24 hours ahead to cancel or change appointments so that others may be helped during that time.
Communication with your provider is extremely important. It may be helpful for you to write down questions for your doctor or nurse practitioner prior to your visit. Bring a list of medications and the dosages, or bring the bottles with you.
Make sure you understand any instructions you are given. If clarification is needed, review your instructions with the provider or medical assistant before you leave. If you aren’t doing well after your visit, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to improve your health.
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. For refills, contact your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. For patient safety, narcotics cannot be refilled outside of office hours. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.