Medical Pavilion 1
202 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids
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Gastric bypass 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.
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.
Dr. Bradley Gordan, who joined PCI in 2019, is trained in advanced laparoscopic techniques for Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Revision Surgery, as well as treatment for long-term nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery.
"I chose to pursue a Bariatric Surgery fellowship as obesity has become an epidemic in this country. Surgical options for weight loss has been proven the most effective means of long term weight loss with patient being able to achieve and maintain 70-80% of excess weight loss at 5 years. As I believe obesity is a life long problem for many patients, my weight loss program will encompass all aspects of weight loss treatment including medical weight loss programs, dietitian evaluations and teaching, and exercise programs in order to prepare patients to be effective with weight loss before surgery to help patients develop the tools to maintain the weight loss years out from surgery."