Bariatric & Metabolic Weight Loss

North Memorial Health Specialty Clinic - Robbinsdale Robbinsdale Medical Building
3366 Oakdale Ave. N
Suite 200
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
763-581-3762
763-581-3762

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

With bariatric weight loss surgery, it’s not just what you lose, but what you gain. For those who qualify for bariatric surgery, weight loss isn’t just about the numbers on the scale or the size on your clothes tags. It can help reduce the risk of other conditions or help you manage ones you may already have, such as Type 2 diabetes. Lose weight quickly and safely, create sustainable change in your life, and celebrate a healthier you.

To speak with a member of our clinical team and learn more about our program, call 763-581-3762.

Start Your Journey

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The North Memorial Health Advantage

  • We are an accredited Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) because we meet the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.
  • We work as a comprehensive care team to make sure you receive care for your whole self, with the support you need and deserve before, during, and after surgery.
  • Our bariatrics patients have lost an average of 72 pounds.
  • More than 90 percent of our patients with diabetes are able to reduce their medications, and of those, greater than 87 percent are in total remission after one year.
  • We offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. These options may help reduce discomfort after surgery and recovery time.
  • We help you determine not only what “healthy” specifically looks like to you, but also to create sustainable change, improving your overall quality of life.
  • We offer options for patients without insurance or those with limited insurance benefits.
  • We offer a monthly support group meeting to those in our program at all stages in their journey.
  • The Women’s Choice Award ranked North Memorial Health in the top nine percent of hospitals in Bariatrics in 2023. This recognition is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Guide

This guide aims to answer many of your questions around surgery as you look to begin your weight loss journey.

Topics in the guide include:

  • Getting started in our program
  • Understanding your insurance coverage
  • A checklist to surgery
  • Understanding obesity
  • Considerations and requirements for surgery
  • Goals and benefits of surgery
  • Types of surgeries performed in our program
  • Pre-surgery goals
  • Pre- and post-surgery exercise guidance

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Start Your Journey

Interested in beginning your weight loss journey? Start here.

 

Begin your weight loss surgery journey by watching this 30-minute video. The video will give you a clear understanding of the Bariatric and Metabolic weight loss surgery program offered at North Memorial Health, including the types of procedures available, the process leading up to the surgery and the lifestyle changes after the surgery.

 

To move to the next step in your weight loss surgery journey, you must view this video in its entirety. Once the video is complete, you will be asked to fill out a brief form notifying our care team to contact you to discuss next steps.

 

Roadmap to Surgery

Steps throughout preoperative bariatric surgery program

Patient Journey to Bariatric Surgery1.  Online Video

View online informational video and complete brief form to notify care team to contact you to discuss next steps.

2.  Insurance Verification

Insurance information will be obtained and verification of benefits completed.

3. Initial Consult

Initial consult with surgery team to determine plan of care throughout preoperative program. Insurance guidelines, required appointments, and habits/lifestyle changes reviewed.

4. Preoperative Preparation

Preparing for surgery with completion of required appointments and developing habits/lifestyle changes. Clearance to proceed with surgery from all providers obtained throughout required appointments.

5. Surgeon Visit

Meet with surgeon for final visit prior to surgery.

6. Insurance Prior Authorization Approval

Submission of documents throughout preoperative preparation program to insurance to obtain prior authorization. Once prior authorization is obtained surgery date is scheduled.

7. Surgery

Surgery at North Memorial Health – Robbinsdale Hospital.

 

Conditions & Care Options

Learn more about your condition and how it may be treated at North Memorial Health.

List of Conditions

List of Services

Behavioral Health

Fitness Classes

Health & Wellness Education

Home Visit Follow-up

Nutrition Counseling

Monthly Support Group Meetings

List of Surgeries

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Considerations and Requirements

Committing to a lifelong lifestyle change

Bariatric surgery is just one step on the journey to your health-related goals. It will help you feel full quicker, making it easier to eat less and allow you to rapidly lose weight in most cases.

You will need to be committed to a lifelong change in your lifestyle including eating a healthy diet, daily exercise, and daily vitamin supplementation.

Learn more about getting started with bariatric surgery.

Other special considerations and requirements:

  • Establish care with a primary care provider and be considered healthy enough for surgery.
  • Participate in long-term follow up care.
  • Good support system in family or friends.
  • No nicotine use or any inhalants for at least 8 weeks prior to surgery (prefer 6 months) and a commitment to lifelong abstinence.
  • No active chemical or alcohol dependency issues.
  • No planned pregnancy for two years, appropriate contraception to be used in the meantime, two methods being preferred.
  • If you have a history of cancer, this must be in remission and be cleared by your treating oncologist.
  • Prequalified by your insurance company.
  • Not currently experiencing organ failure or on an organ transplant waiting list.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be older than 18 and in good enough health for surgery. You must also be willing to make long-term lifestyle changes.

The whole process to enroll in our program and have surgery generally takes three to six months, and may depend on your insurance coverage or what is needed to prepare you for surgery.

For insurance to cover your surgery, your BMI generally has to be greater than 40, or 35 with medically related conditions.

We ask that you call your health insurance company to find out if weight loss surgery is covered and any requirements you will need to complete prior to your procedure.

Call the telephone number on your membership card and use the following as a guide to help you get a clear idea of your coverage. Take note of the date and time of your call, representative spoken to, and reference number of representative. Here is a list of questions to ask your insurance provider before surgery:


  • Is bariatric (weight loss) surgery covered under my insurance plan if I meet all the criteria needed to have surgery?

  • Is North Memorial Health – Robbinsdale Hospital in network and covered under my insurance plan?

  • Is laparoscopic __________(insert name of surgery) covered? Choose from: Roux-en-y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy

  • Is nutrition counseling a covered service?

  • What is my maximum out-of-pocket?

  • What is my deductible?


The person you speak with may need the following information:

Diagnosis code: E66.01

CPT codes:
-  Roux-en-y gastric bypass: 43644
-  Sleeve gastrectomy: 43775

Nutrition Counseling
-  97802
-  97803

This varies by insurance, and depends on your deductible.

In some cases, we offer financing for bariatric surgery. Call 763-581-4364 for more information.

The average patient may lose about 60 percent of their excess body weight with sleeve gastrectomy surgery and about 65 percent with gastric bypass. Your surgery is considered a success if you lose more than 50 percent of your excess body weight and keep it off.

Risk of death from bariatric surgery is less than 1 percent, and lower than that of other common surgeries, such as hip replacement. It's about the same as gallbladder surgery. Successful bariatric surgery can reduce your long-term risk of death, including being 90 percent less likely to die from diabetes, about 60 percent less likely to die of cancer-related death, and 50 percent less likely to die of heart disease. Your life expectancy may actually increase by about 7 to 10 years.

Any weight loss is difficult, whether it is diet and exercise alone, or undergoing bariatric surgery to help you lose weight. Obesity is a disease that makes losing weight difficult and can make weight-related conditions worse. Obesity is a chronic, progressive disease with genetic and environmental components. Surgery is the most durable and proven way to lose significant amounts of weight and keep it off.

It's much more complex than a drug or alcohol addiction. Unlike drugs or alcohol, food is a necessity. Obesity also causes changes that increase the risk of further weight gain.

Many times, weight loss surgery can put your Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea into remission—but it is complicated.

Results can vary from person to person. Consult with your surgeon regarding your weight-related medical conditions and how weight loss surgery can help you.

Most people are successful, as they lose more than 50 percent of their excess body weight and keep it off. Key in your success is dedication to a new lifestyle and follow-up with the bariatric program.

Yes. North Memorial Health offers a comprehensive weight management program including both medical (nonsurgical) and surgical options. To learn more about our medical weight loss program, talk with your provider or visit our Weight & Lifestyle Management Clinic.

Laboratory tests and imaging studies will depend on the patient. All patients need some blood tests. Some may need more tests. For example, people who take blood thinners may need additional lab testing. All women of child-bearing age will have a pregnancy test. Some people may have imaging tests such a gallbladder ultrasound, EGD (upper endoscopy), and colonoscopy. People who snore a lot and are drowsy during the day may need a sleep study to check for sleep apnea.

Laparoscopic or robotic: Once you are able to take one ounce every 15 minutes for a few hours and up ambulating independently, you will be evaluated for discharge.

Each person’s recovery is different, and the length of stay may vary depending on his or her needs.

Care Team

Our highly trained experts empower you with the knowledge and the support you need to get the healthcare you want.

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Munyaradzi Chimukangara, MD, FACS

General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
I care for my patients and their medical concerns with compassion and integrity.
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Lucian Panait

Lucian Panait, MD

General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
The most powerful thing patients tell me is: I only wish I did this sooner.
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Elizabeth Becker, APRN/AGNP-C

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
I aim to help patients maintain or regain their health.
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Jonathan Gipson, MD, FACS

Trauma, Acute Care, General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
I aim to step in and intervene in my patients' moments of greatest need to restore their health.
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Ryan Lehmann

Ryan Lehmann, RDN, LD

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Everything in balance.
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Sarah Lippert, MD, FACS

General Surgery, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery, Trauma
I enjoy being able to help people every day.
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Rachel D. Miller, PA-C

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
My goal is to provide a quality experience that meets all of the patient's surgical needs.
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Vishal Kudav

Vishal Kudav, MD

General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
My patients are like family; their health and well-being are of utmost importance to me.
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Kelly Leier

Kelly Leier, RN, BSN

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
My passion is to help our patients achieve their best health through education and support.
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