Weight-Loss Surgery

For some people, surgery is the best option to avoid serious complications of excess weight. While there are no magic answers, specialists at the Weight Loss Clinic at Fairview Southdale Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center, will work with you and your primary care physician to determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight-loss surgery. 

Do You Qualify For Weight-Loss Surgery?

As  Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence, 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, Information Sessions and Support Groups

Before meeting with our experts, we recommend viewing our online weight-loss surgery seminar for Fairview Southdale Hospital or University of Minnesota Medical Center. These seminars will give you an introductory overview of the weight-loss surgery process at each location 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 (performed only at University of Minnesota Medical Center) 
Each of our sites also host information sessions several times a month so you can meet our team and ask questions in person. We also offer monthly support groups. Everyone is welcome - from those considering surgery, to those who've had surgery and their loved ones. Please choose one of the locations above to view information on dates and locations for information sessions and support groups. 
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