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Bariatric Surgery & Weight Center

Weight loss treatment and bariatric surgery in Minnesota

Losing weight is hard for a lot of people and maintaining weight loss can be even harder. So if you’re struggling with your weight, you’re not alone – and help is available.

With convenient weight loss clinics near Minneapolis, the team at Park Nicollet’s Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center understands that losing weight is more complicated than a simple formula of eat less and move more. That’s why we work with you to create a customized weight loss treatment plan – whether you choose a nonsurgical program or weight loss surgery.

Our weight loss specialists have been using a proven team approach to help people achieve their goals for over 40 years, and we’re nationally recognized for our care. Our programs are designed to help improve your physical and mental well-being through personalized care, education and support every step of the way.

Schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist

If you’re ready to get the weight loss treatment and support you need, the first step is scheduling a consultation. During your appointment, our team of experts will work with you to understand your medical history and weight loss goals, answer your questions, and begin to create your tailored weight loss and management plan.

A nationally recognized bariatric treatment center

Our comprehensive team includes board-certified bariatric surgeons, board-certified bariatricians, certified bariatric nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, dietitians, physical therapists and other medical specialists. And we’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to quality bariatric care and patient results.

The Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center in Minnesota is nationally recognized as a comprehensive center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). The program recognizes organizations that practice top-quality bariatric care and ensure the most successful outcome possible for each patient. Evidence shows that these bariatric surgery programs have the lowest complication rates and the best patient results.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield has given us a Blue Distinction Plus (+) designation for bariatric surgery, recognizing us for our expertise, efficiency and quality of care. We’ve also been named a Center of Excellence by insurance providers PreferredOne and United Resource Network, and a preferred provider by Medica and HealthPartners.

Benefits of losing weight

Losing weight can have remarkable benefits for both your physical and mental health. Weight loss can reduce cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure – as well as your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Often, weight loss improves health conditions you may have, like sleep apnea and arthritis, and it can also prevent future illnesses, like type 2 diabetes.

Many patients find that their new lifestyle brings renewed energy and activity levels, higher self-esteem and a greater sense of overall health and well-being.

To hear from real people who have trusted us with their weight loss journey, visit our collection of patient stories.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Body Mass Index (BMI) uses your height and weight to assess your health. If a BMI score is 40 or more, that’s considered to be morbidly obese, which may make you a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have a BMI of 30 to 39 accompanied by serious, obesity-related health problems, you also may be a candidate for surgery or to manage your weight through medication.

Medications are used in some cases to help control hunger, provide a feeling of fullness or reduce cravings for certain foods. These medications may help address some of the underlying problems that can lead to obesity. For some patients, medications are not appropriate. Our doctors will work with you to understand if medications are right for you.

For patients starting a medical weight management treatment plan, you should begin losing weight soon after you implement your new lifestyle changes and/or medication.

For patients having surgery, weight loss should begin immediately after surgery. Don’t be surprised, however, if you actually weigh a few pounds more when you go home than you did when you entered the hospital. This can be a result of the fluids you were given in the hospital, and you’ll lose the weight quickly.

This varies by individual. We do not set expectations for weight loss because our focus is on improving your health. Weight loss is one way to improve health, but there are many more ways that are independent of the number on the scale. We work to set goals that are customized to you.

This is different for everyone. For some people, the skin will tone up and look fine. In other cases, the skin has stretched too much and may not return to normal. You may be left with sagging skin around your middle or other parts of your body. Some people choose to live with the excess skin, others choose to have it removed. The procedures are usually considered cosmetic and may not be covered by insurance. If excess skin is causing medical problems (such as rashes or sores), your insurance plan may cover the surgery.

Oftentimes, many insurance companies offer coverage for medical weight loss and bariatric surgery. However, coverage varies for each plan. So before making your first consultation appointment, we recommend that you get in touch with your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage.