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Weight-Loss Surgery

What Makes Us Different
Weight Loss Management and Surgery at University of Minnesota Medical Center, offers new hope for weight loss. As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and a state-wide leader in bariatric surgery outcomes, our medical weight management and surgery teams work together to offer you a comprehensive solution to weight-loss. And our patient support groups provide a safe environment for encouragement and support throughout your journey.

Furthermore, our surgeons specialize in academic medicine and innovative research-based care in addition to offering clinical trial opportunities that feature new approaches to weight loss. Simply put, we are nationally recognized specialists who are pioneering the way people look at weight-loss surgery.  Find out why - watch our online seminar and request an appointment.

Awards and Distinctions
The University of Minnesota Medical Center Weight Loss Clinic has received several awards for our surgical excellence. We work closely with other specialists within the University of Minnesota Health system to coordinate your care and are proud to be awarded the following:

Blue Distinction Center+ • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program with Adolescent Qualifications
This accreditation means our bariatric surgery program is a comprehensive center that has passed a rigorous external national review by fellow surgeons. In addition, we are one of a very select few programs that have also achieved Adolescent Qualifications by the American College of Surgeons.

Learn more about our Weight Loss Surgery for Teens and Young Adults.

Blue Distinction Center+ • Blue Distinction Center + for Bariatric Surgery
This quality designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield signifies our center delivers high quality bariatric and patient care. The Blue Distinction + program evaluates our expertise as a physician team, the number surgery’s our clinic has performed, and our track record of results. We have proven to have a track record for delivering better results, with fewer complications time and time again. The Blue Distinction + plus indicates our program also met cost measures that address consumers need for affordable care.  
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Do You Qualify For Weight-Loss Surgery?
We follow the National Institute of Health guidelines for obesity surgery. To qualify, you must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 in addition to any of the diseases associated with obesity. Those diseases include:
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - heartburn symptoms
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma  
  • Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease

Calculate your BMI and find out if you are at risk:
  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5-24.9 
  • Overweight = 25-29.9 
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

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Online Weight-Loss Surgery Seminar
Before meeting with our experts, we require that you view our online weight-loss surgery seminar. This seminar will give you an introductory overview of the weight-loss surgery process and explain the different types of weight-loss surgeries performed:
  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch