Nationally Accredited Weight Loss Center

At Saline Health System, we are committed to outstanding quality in all areas of service – including weight loss. This accreditation has been years in the making and is an honor for our bariatric team. But we’re also excited for our patients. As an accredited facility, insurance companies will cover more procedures and more surgeries at Saline Health System. So proven solutions are even easier on you.


Losing weight can change your life dramatically. It can improve your outlook on life and reduce your need for many medications, as well as offer lasting health benefits such as a decreased risk of cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s and more.

At Saline Memorial Hospital, our specialized team is committed to your success. We offer a variety of weight-loss programs and surgical weight loss options to make potential weight loss more accessible and more comfortable for more patients.

Call (501) 574-7171 today and schedule your personalized consultation.


ORBERATM Balloon – No surgery! A balloon is inserted into the stomach and filled with saline solution, so you feel full with less food. LAP-BAND® System – A gastric band restricts your food intake, controlling hunger and changing the way you eat.

Sleeve Gastrectomy – This procedure gives you a smaller stomach so you feel fuller, sooner.

Gastric Bypass – The stomach is bypassed altogether in this procedure. Food is restricted and rerouted.

Gastric Band (Lap Band)-This procedure places an implant around the top part of the stomach. This controls how much food can enter the stomach. 


We host free weight-loss seminars throughout the year. This is a great time to learn more about our programs and procedures, ask questions and hear from others. To learn more, please call 574-7171.

If you can’t make it in person, we invite you to watch our online seminar. 

We also offer support groups throughout the month. Click here for more information.


Dr. Rex Luttrell

Dr. Luttrell hails from El Dorado, Arkansas, and graduated from UALR. He attended medical school in Bay Shore, New York, and Kent, England, before completing his internal medicine and general surgery residencies at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson, Tennessee. Since entering practice in 1993, Dr. Luttrell has performed thousands of surgical procedures, including nearly 1,000 gastric bypasses.

Dr. Kristin Patton

With advanced training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, Dr. Kristin Patton specializes in bariatric surgery with smaller incisions, shorter hospitalization and faster recovery. She completed her general surgery internship and residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, followed by an advanced GI surgery fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also served as a visiting assistant professor.

Dr. Lewis Porter

Dr. Porter received his doctorate of medicine from Howard University in Washington, DC, and his general surgery training from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a board certified general surgeon with extensive bariatric experience, including a preceptorship in laparoscopic bariatric surgery. He has performed hundreds of laparoscopic RNY gastric bypasses. He also has a wealth of experience in advanced surgery of the pancreas and liver. He has served as chief of surgery and is currently Co-Director of Trauma Services at Saline Memorial Hospital.

Judi Garrett, Bariatric Coordinator

Judi Garrett, registered nurse, has an extensive background in medical surgical nursing with emphasis on bariatric surgery. Judi’s nursing career includes oncology, home health and hospice, medial surgical, and has managerial experience in Home Health and Hospice and Home IV therapy. She coordinates Saline Memorial’s weight loss seminars and weight loss support groups weekly and monthly.

Judi has been a speaker at various functions including gastroenterologist annual meetings, bariatric seminars, as well as teaching in the community bariatric sensitivity.

Lindsay Queen, Bariatric Dietitian

Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition. Lindsay has been with Saline Memorial since March 2016 and joined the Bariatric Department in June 2016.

*Individual results vary from person to person. Your food intake, metabolism and level of physical activity, as well as genetics, play a role in your rate of weight loss, therefore weight-loss results vary from person to person. No individual results should be seen as typical or guaranteed. 

As with any surgical procedure, there are benefits and risks of weight-loss surgery. Individuals who undergo weight-loss surgery can lose 60 percent to 70 percent of their excess weight within the first 12 to 24 months. Surgical weight loss isn't for everyone. The risks of gastric bypass or any weight-loss surgery increase among men who are extremely obese and for patients older than age 55. Weight-loss surgery can include side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, or potentially life-threatening complications like gallstones and bleeding stomach ulcers. Talk to your doctor about the options available to you for weight loss.



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