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Weight loss and bariatric surgery

Weight loss surgery is one treatment option offered to patients that meet specific weight classifications. It is intended to provide weight loss sufficient to reduce mortality risk and improve medical conditions when the non-surgical methods of weight loss have failed.

The literature suggests that:

  • Weight loss surgery is best suited for patients who are well-informed and highly motivated to adhere to a healthy lifestyle.
  • An integrated program must be in place to provide guidance on diet, physical activity, and behavioral and social support both prior to and after the surgery.
  • Lifelong medical surveillance and a weight maintenance program after surgery are necessary.

Based upon best practice recommendations, HealthPartners has developed a pre- and post- weight loss surgery curriculum designed to prepare individuals for the lifestyle changes that weight loss surgery requires.

A Call to Change... Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Weight® Weight Loss Surgery Edition provides an evidence-informed, phone-based weight management program facilitated by a registered dietitian and health educator with experience in behavior change and bariatric surgery. This required course is intended to supplement not replace any educational visits with individual surgeon groups. We believe that this curriculum along with our long standing designated network of experienced surgeons will ensure the best possible outcomes for our members.

Either with your assistance or on their own, patients and their families can use the tools and information found at Decision Support to make a confident, comfortable choice that is based on their personal values and preferences.