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Bariatric Services

Bariatric Services

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  • Overview
  • Eligibility and Getting Started
  • Procedures
  • Support
  • Regain Your Health, Reclaim Your Life

    If your weight is starting to affect your health and your way of life, bariatric (weight loss) surgery at St. Francis could be the answer when traditional weight loss methods have been unsuccessful.

    Regional Medical Center, our bariatric surgical department is an accredited Low Acuity Center according to national quality standards established by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). This accreditation means St. Francis staff satisfy all essential criteria for staffing, training and care protocols for supporting patients with severe obesity.

    Our specially trained bariatric care staff will walk you through the options, providing a personalized plan to help you reach your weight loss goal. You'll learn how to make personalized lifestyle changes that support long-term success. Contact us to determine whether you're a candidate for bariatric surgery and how to get on a path to significant, long term health and success.

    Your care at St. Francis will include:

    • One-on-one individualized care from providers trained in bariatric care

    • Experienced, board-certified bariatric surgeons

    • A dedicated team of psychologists, dietitians and trainers

    • Lifelong support to help reach and maintain your goals

    • A quality program recognized for both extraordinary surgical quality and outstanding patient satisfaction

    Contact Us

    Call 952.428.LIFE to schedule a private weight loss surgery consultation or to register for our free "new life" class.

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  • Bariatric services eligibility

    To ensure your safety and well-being, we follow strict medical guidelines by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to determine eligibility for bariatric surgery. These guidelines consider body mass index (BMI) and the presence of weight-related health conditions.

    Read ASMBS qualifications for surgery.

    If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, you may qualify for surgery. You may also qualify if you have a BMI of 35 or higher and a chronic health condition like sleep apnea, osteoarthritis or GERD, among others.

    Getting Started

    Talk with your primary care physician to determine if weight-loss surgery is an option for you. If you decide to move ahead, sign up for our free information session. You'll learn more about surgery and get answers to your questions without cost or obligation.

    You will learn about our 12-step process at one of our free information sessions. These steps guide you on your weight-loss journey, from making your first appointment to enrolling in our Follow-up Program.

    If you want to talk privately with our bariatrics program coordinator, simply call 952.428.LIFE.

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  • Weight-Loss Surgery Procedures Offered by St. Francis

    • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
      Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery changes the size of your stomach as well as your ability to absorb calories to help you succeed at long-term weight loss.

    • Sleeve Gastrectomy A sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight-loss surgery in which surgeons reduce the size of the stomach. Your stomach will be stapled and divided. About 80 percent of your stomach will be removed.

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  • Weight-loss surgery is just one tool in your effort to lose weight. Equally important is the support you receive while improving your eating, exercise and lifestyle choices.

    After your surgery, you'll work with a team specifically designed to provide support and expertise to help you reach your goals. Trained professionals consisting of psychologists, dietitians and personal trainers will be with you every step of the way.

    Our Follow-up Program and support groups help you stay on track to achieve both short-term and long-term goals. Support groups are open to patients and their family members. It helps to know you're not alone. We encourage you and your family to gain support not only from our bariatric experts, but also from others going through similar experiences.

    To find a support group in your area, go to Events and Classes and search under the topic “weight loss surgery.” Using your ZIP code will give you the support groups and classes closest to your home.