Surgical Weight Loss Options

Skilled Bariatric Surgeons in Central Minnesota

Weight loss surgery is not a decision you should make lightly. This should only be considered as a last resort when non-surgical weight loss methods have proved ineffective. Contrary to popular belief, weight loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery) is not a cosmetic procedure. These procedures are only recommended for patients who are facing serious health complications due to obesity.

Weight loss surgeries change the way your stomach functions. It could impact how you absorb food or the size of your stomach. As such, you will have to commit to significant lifestyle changes after the procedure in order for the results to stick. At CentraCare, our team will be here to guide you through the procedure and make sure you were prepared for life after bariatric surgery.

You may be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • A BMI between 35.0-39.9 and a serious obesity-related health problem
  • An ability to make a variety of lifestyle changes required for weight maintenance after surgery

Pre-Operative Requirements

Pre-Op Weight Loss

At your initial appointment, your weight and height will be measured to determine your BMI. From this day forward, you will focus on weight loss and nutrition and lifestyle changes to prepare for a successful surgery.

Nutrition Evaluation

You will meet with one of our program dietitians prior to surgery. She will assist you in understanding the diet and lifestyle changes recommended after surgery. Most insurance companies require three to six documented monthly dietitian visits prior to authorizing weight loss surgery.

Psychology Evaluation

You will meet with a psychologist who specializes in weight loss surgery evaluations. The evaluation will include an interview, psychological testing and a review of your test results.

Cardiology/Pulmonology/Other Consultations*

*We do not require a cardiology or pulmonary consultation for all patients.

If these consults are necessary, our office will assist you with scheduling.

Learn more

At CentraCare, we offer a wide range of minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. These surgeries are not as risky as open surgery and allow patients to recover from the operation faster.

To learn more about the CentraCare surgical weight management options, program pricing, insurance and next steps, view our online seminar “Surgical Weight Management.”

You also may review our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information.

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