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Count on the experienced bariatric surgeons at Essentia Health to help you reach a healthy weight and improve your quality of life with safe and effective weight-loss surgery. This service is available in Duluth, and Park Rapids, Minnesota.
Bariatric surgery alters your digestive system to help you lose weight by:
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Essentia Health offers several types of weight-loss surgery including:
You may qualify for weight-loss surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. You may also qualify if you have a BMI of 35 to 39, and at least one condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea, that may improve with treatment for obesity. Calculate your BMI by entering your weight and height into the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s BMI calculator.
Your Essentia weight management team also will consider your physical and mental health and whether you’ve had trouble losing weight with other weight-loss plans.
Long-term weight loss through surgery, lifestyle, and eating changes can increase your self-esteem, energy and ability to move. It can also prevent or improve weight-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea.
Learn how bariatric surgery has changed the lives of some of our patients.
Count on Essentia to help you achieve the best possible outcome from your surgery. Your weight-loss team includes:
If you plan on having your surgery in Duluth, Minnesota, you can watch our bariatric surgery informational seminar online.
After viewing the seminar, complete our online weight-loss registration form. Once you submit this required form, we will call you to schedule an appointment.
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You will meet with an Essentia insurance specialist at your first appointment to see if your insurance benefits cover bariatric surgery. Your insurance company may require that you have your surgery at an approved Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) facility.
Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain your weight loss. Your care team will provide guidance on diet, activity, and healing after bariatric surgery.
Connect with other patients at an Essentia weight-loss surgery support group. Share experiences, exchange advice, and get encouragement.