Bariatric Surgery

Gastric sleeve and other weight-loss surgeries — known collectively as bariatric surgery — involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Bariatric surgery is performed when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have serious weight-related health problems.

While bariatric surgery can offer many benefits, all forms of weight-loss surgery are major procedures that can pose serious risks and side effects. Also, you must make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of bariatric surgery.

Getting Started

A letter from your primary care physician is required stating that they feel you are a good candidate for weight-loss surgery. It is recommended that your primary care physician send this letter to your surgeon early on in the surgery preparation process. If your physician has questions regarding this letter they may call our office at 319-362-5118.

Following your initial consultation, you will be set up for some testing and specialty appointments. These tests and appointments include participation in a medical weight loss program, sleep apnea evaluation, mental health assessment, and lab work. Included in the lab work is a nicotine test, as you will need to be nicotine-free in order to qualify for weight-loss surgery.

If you have questions about bariatric surgery or want to know if you might be a candidate, please call 319-362-5118.

Bariatric Surgery Treatment & Services

Now the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in the US, gastric sleeve surgery removes 75 to 80% of the stomach. The surgery is completed laparoscopically, which means small incisions are made in the midsection for tiny instruments that perform the surgery. Afterward, the stomach is about the size and shape of a banana.