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Getting Started

If you are considering weight loss surgery, you've probably already tried losing weight by other methods. At University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, we offer a comprehensive approach that includes education, a team of exemplary board-certified surgeons, nutrition and dietary experts, insurance coordinators and ongoing support before and after surgery. 

We want to see you accomplish your weight loss goals and know it's important to give you the tools to succeed. We also know the process can sometimes be overwhelming so we offer an online seminar and monthly support groups to help you. Begin to plan your weight loss surgery so you know what you can expect before surgery.

You've taken the first step to changing your life. Let us help you on your journey.

Patient Support Group - New U Support Group for Weight Loss

Every month former weight-loss surgery patients, as well as patients who are considering weight-loss surgery, along with their friends and families, are invited to join us. Hear personal success stories and get support as you embark on your own personal journey. No registration is necessary. Free parking.

First Wednesday of Every Month, 6:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
East Building - Brennan Center
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Call 612-625-8413 or email oienx003@umn.edu for directions and information.

Consumer Education

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, offers an online seminar to help you learn more about weight loss surgery. We include information on who qualifies for surgery, the different types of surgical procedures, risks, outcomes and program components, including nutrition and psychology. This is a requirement prior to surgery.

We offer four weight loss surgeries. Learn about them and see illustrations in the links below:
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Sleeve gastrectomy
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch

Insurance Information

We are a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence. Patients often find that the greatest obstacle to weight loss surgery is insurance approval. The first step is to call your insurance company to see if it covers bariatric surgery. If it does, then you will need to complete the necessary steps to get bariatric surgery. We have insurance specialists who will help guide you through this process.