We believe that obesity is a disease, not a character flaw. It’s a medical condition involving both genetic and environmental factors, making some people more susceptible to it than others. Being overweight can negatively impact your energy and activity levels, and without management, it can lead to more serious health problems.
At Park Nicollet’s Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center, we know that every person’s journey is different, so we’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to manage your weight long term. We offer a range of weight loss options – both surgical and non-surgical – as well as follow-up care to help you keep the weight off and feel better.
Our medical weight management program helps you lose weight without surgery. Our bariatricians use information about your current health, your relationship with food, previous weight loss methods you’ve tried, and your health goals to develop a treatment plan. We’ll help you identify and change your daily habits so you can lose weight and maintain healthy lifestyle habits to keep it off.
Medications can also be used to help manage weight by controlling hunger, curbing cravings and giving you a feeling of fullness that makes transitioning to your new healthy habits easier.
We can also use medications to help the body adjust its metabolism. Sometimes the brain gets accustomed to the body’s current weight and wants to resist change. Medications help combat that response by using hormonal modifications to offset this resistance to change.
Medications work best when combined with healthy lifestyle habits, so you can keep weight off long term.
Sometimes our medical team will recommend bariatric surgery as the best treatment option for weight loss, especially for those who have a high BMI and are not seeing adequate weight loss with medical interventions. We work closely with our surgical team to coordinate this care and to provide extensive follow-up support after surgery.
Our surgeries are done laparoscopically, or through minimally-invasive incisions, which reduces pain, complications and recovery time. If you and your doctor determine that surgery is the best option, you’re in good hands. The Bariatric Surgery and Weight Center is a leader in weight loss surgery and is nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
We were also one of the first practices in the region to combine our surgical and medical programs, which means we provide you the comprehensive care you need before, during and after surgery.
Some of the surgical services we provide include:
Gastric bypass surgery (also called Roux-en-Y) creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to the pouch. This change in your anatomy causes an adjustment in your body’s hormone signaling, which allows weight loss to continue beyond the expectations of lifestyle changes alone. The weight loss after gastric bypass surgery is often enough to reduce or end health problems from obesity, helping patients to experience quality of life improvements within the first year.
Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, this procedure removes more than half of the stomach, creating a small tube or “sleeve”. By doing this, we change the hormone signaling between your gut and brain, which improves weight loss outcomes.
Benefits of this option include a reduced risk of complications, less abdominal pain and typically a minimal change in your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients.
As our understanding of obesity has evolved, we’ve learned that some of the treatment procedures used in the past weren’t always adequate for long-term weight loss. One common example would be the lap band. For people who have had one of these surgeries and are not seeing the results they need, we offer revision procedures.
A revision means that our surgeon is revising a prior gastric procedure to improve your health or weight loss results. These can be challenging operations, so it’s recommended to seek care from an experienced surgical center. As an accredited comprehensive center, our bariatric surgery team is fully equipped to manage both simple and complex revisions, giving you the results – and the peace of mind – you need.
Our comprehensive approach means that we’re dedicated to caring for you throughout the entire weight loss process. When you come to us, you can expect:
- An intake visit with a bariatrician or physician assistant to get to know you and your health history.
- An appointment with a dietitian to learn more about your eating habits and patterns.
- A personalized treatment plan for medical weight loss or weight loss surgery, catered to your individual needs.
- Extensive follow-up care and support, whether you’re on the surgical or non-surgical weight loss path.
- Additional support options, such as physical therapy, psychological support or group sessions. (Weight management/lifestyle change group sessions are available both online and in-person.)
- A specialized care team consisting of bariatricians (doctors who specialize in treating obesity), physician assistants, certified bariatric nurses, registered dietitians, psychologists and physical therapists.
To learn more and make an appointment, attend a short information session in-person or online. 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.
Our team of weight loss experts will prepare you for surgery and give you detailed information on how to eat afterward without feeling uncomfortable.
After surgery, it’s best to stay hydrated between meals, eat small amounts slowly, and aim for protein-rich foods. Eating foods that are high in fat or sugar may cause uncomfortable reactions.
Most types of insurance cover bariatric surgery, but some policies have exclusions. Our dedicated bariatric surgery insurance experts will help you complete the necessary steps to obtain prior authorization. As a center of excellence, we’re recognized by these insurance providers.
- BlueCross BlueShield Bariatric Center of Distinction
- HealthPartners preferred provider network
- Medica preferred provider network
- PreferredOne Bariatric Center of Excellence
- United Resource Network Bariatric Centers of Excellence
Additional insurance plans are accepted. Please call us at 952-993-3180 for more information.
If you have gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery, expect to be in the hospital for one to two nights. You should be able to return to your usual activities or work two to four weeks after surgery, depending on the physical demands of your job.
While this may have been true many years ago, having bariatric surgery now is safer than having your gallbladder removed. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the mortality rate for bariatric surgery is 0.25% compared to 0.7% for gallbladder removal surgery.
Bariatric surgery doesn’t only change the size of your stomach, but the hormone signaling sequence to your brain. When your hormone signaling changes, your hunger is well controlled, making it much easier to stick to the lifestyle changes we recommend to reduce your weight.
Obesity is a disease involving both genetic and environmental factors, making some people more susceptible to it than others. Bariatric surgery is a proven treatment for this condition, and seeking the care you need to improve your health is a strength, not a weakness. Read our patient stories to hear from real people who took control of their health through weight loss.