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Weight loss and bariatric surgery experts in the Twin Cities

The path to weight loss is different for everyone, but you don’t need to face it alone. If you’re struggling with your weight, we’re here to help.

We understand that the struggle to lose weight is more complicated than a simple formula of eat less and move more. Our specialists work with you to create a personalized treatment plan and help you understand the options available to you, including medical weight management or weight loss surgery.

At Park Nicollet’s Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center, we’ve been helping patients achieve their weight loss goals for more than 40 years, and we’re nationally recognized for our care.

We use a proven team approach to support you holistically in weight management. Our team of experts includes board-certified bariatric surgeons, board-certified bariatricians, certified bariatric nurses, physician assistants, psychologists, dietitians, physical therapists and other medical specialists.

Our comprehensive approach is designed to improve both your physical and mental well-being through personalized care, education and support every step of the way.

Get started by attending a short information session

To learn more and make an appointment, attend a short on-line information session. You’ll find answers to your questions, details about our services and learn about the next steps for getting started on a weight loss program.

A nationally recognized bariatric center

We’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to quality care and patient results.

The Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center 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 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 weight loss

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 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.

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