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Surgical Options for Weight Loss

"The surgery does not make you skinny. Surgery is a part of it, but really it's the whole program — the process — that makes the biggest difference.
- Mark

Dean Comprehensive Weight Management offers two surgical options for weight loss. More than 170,000 bariatric, or weight loss, surgeries are performed annually in the United States. The surgery can improve health by providing consistent, long-term weight loss for people who aren't able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone.

Our professional team works closely with you to determine the option that works best for you.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Traditional and Minimally Invasive Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery involves changes to the stomach and the small intestine. Using a method called Roux-en-Y, the stomach is surgically stapled to create a small pouch, shrinking the volume of the stomach from a gallon to about two ounces. A shorter section of the small intestine is attached to the new pouch so less food is digested and absorbed by the body.

The usual outcome of this surgery results in an approximate weight loss of 100 pounds in the first nine months. There are two ways gastric bypass surgery can be performed:

  • Traditional Surgery — Traditional surgery can be performed, making a 10- to 12-inch incision to access the stomach.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery — This is an alternative to traditional surgery. This procedure uses laparoscopic surgical equipment and results in less pain, a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and a lower risk of infection.

Your surgeon will determine which technique should be used for your surgery. Gastric bypass surgeries are performed at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

To learn more about what's involved, please read our Weight Loss Surgery Pre-surgical To Do List (PDF file). We also offer an interactive animation on the process - please see our Emmi information below.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites include:

  • A pre-surgical evaluation including an initial weight management evaluation, labs, nutrition consultation, pulmonary consultation and psychiatric evaluation.
  • A BMI of 40+, or a BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities. Please use our BMI calculator to check your BMI.
  • Attending a free information session. Please see our Classes section for details.

Cost

The cost is approximately $55,000 to $65,000 for pre-evaluation and day of surgery only. Please note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed. For more details, visit our Financial Information page.

Follow-up

To help you on the road to success, visits with your surgeon, nurse practitioner, primary care and nutritionist are held regularly following surgery.

Supporting Your Weight Loss Efforts — Weight Loss Support Group

A free, monthly support group is offered for patients following surgery. All patients wanting surgery must attend a session prior to being approved for surgery. The support groups offer an information session followed by time for discussion. Please see our Classes section for details.

LAP-BAND® Surgery

Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery (LAP-BAND® Surgery)

LAP-BAND® Surgery involves the placement of a silicone ring around the upper part of the stomach to create a smaller stomach. The band is inserted laparoscopically. The surgeon makes a few small incisions into the abdominal wall and inserts hollow tubes.

The band, the surgical instruments, as well as a tiny camera, go through the tubes, allowing the surgeon to tighten the ring around the stomach. This new stomach pouch can only hold a small amount of food. The silicone ring can be adjusted throughout a person's lifetime.

The weight loss is approximately two pounds a week with an eventual goal of 100 pounds lost in the first two years after surgery.

In most cases, gastric banding is an outpatient procedure performed at the Dean and St. Mary's Outpatient Surgery Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

To learn more about what's involved, please read our Weight Loss Surgery Pre-surgical To Do List (PDF file). We also offer an interactive animation on the process - please see our Emmi information below.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites include:

  • A pre-surgical evaluation including an initial weight management evaluation, labs, nutrition consultation, pulmonary consultation and psychiatric evaluation.
  • A BMI of 40+, or a BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities. Please use our BMI calculator to check your BMI.
  • Attending a free information session. Please see our Classes section for details.

Cost

The cost is approximately $14,500-$19,500 for pre-evaluation and day of surgery only. Please note that insurance coverage is individual and is not guaranteed. For more details, visit our Financial Information page.

Follow-up

To help you on the road to success, visits with your surgeon, nurse practitioner, primary care and nutritionist are held regularly following surgery.

Supporting Your Weight Loss Efforts — Weight Loss Support Group

A free, monthly support group is offered for patients following surgery. All patients wanting surgery must attend a session prior to being approved for surgery. The support groups offer an information session followed by time for discussion. Please see our Classes section for details.

Want to Learn More?

If you are considering bariatric surgery, your first step is to attend one of our free Weight Loss Surgery Educational Sessions. During the session, you will: 

  • Meet our bariatric surgical team. 
  • Find out if you're a candidate for weight loss surgery.
  • Learn more about the surgical procedure and lifelong health benefits.
  • Find out what you can expect following surgery.

You can also attend one of our free Weight Loss Weekly Informational Sessions, which also cover surgical options.

Highlighted Educational Programs - Weight Management

The following interactive programs are approved by Dean Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital, and available in our Weight Management animations.

• Bariatric Surgery
• Duodenal Switch
• Gastric Bypass
• Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
• Lap-Band - 6 Months Post-op
• Lap-Band - Adjustments
• Lap-Band - First 4 to 6 Weeks Post-op
• Lap-Band Surgery
• Sleeve Gastrectomy

See our full library of interactive programs, which features more than 80 programs approved by Dean physicians so you can make smarter decisions about your health.

Free Weight Management Webinar

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To learn more about Dean's Comprehensive Weight Management program, watch our free weight management webinar.

You have everything to gain by losing!

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