Bariatric Surgery

Many people struggle to lose weight and keep it off. If your weight is starting to affect your health and your way of life, and you've tried other weight loss methods without success, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. Weight-loss surgery has been life-changing for many people. Is it right for you?

At Gundersen Health System we offer you a choice of three weight-loss surgical options and a non-surgical, Intragastric Balloon option:

Patient outcomes

Gundersen's bariatric surgery program is one of the best in the country and we have the numbers to prove it:

  • More than 1,500 bariatric surgeries have been performed.
  • Gundersen patients lose about 72% of excess weight by the end of the first year after surgery, and maintain significant weight loss long term compared to 66% nationally.
  • Just two days is the average hospital stay compared to a national average of 3.4 days.
  • Gundersen has one of the lowest incidences of post-surgery problems including intestinal leaks at 0.2% compared to a 2% national average and stomal stenosis rate (narrowing of pouch outlet) at 1% compared to 10 percent nationally.
  • 84% were on medications for diabetes before surgery compared to 22% one year after surgery.
  • In addition to better diabetes management, patients see improvement or resolution of other health issues, such as:
    • High blood pressure
    • Joint pain
    • Urinary incontinence
    • Acid reflux
    • Sleep apnea
  • There have been no deaths from bariatric surgery at Gundersen. The national death rate due to surgical complications is one in 100-200.

Second opinion

If you're considering bariatric surgery somewhere other than Gundersen, you owe it to yourself to get a bariatric surgery second opinion from the experts at Gundersen, especially if:

  • You've not been given a choice of procedures
  • Other health problems may make your surgery riskier
  • You are particularly anxious about choosing the right treatment option

If your doctor is part of another healthcare organization, you can still select Gundersen for a second opinion and ultimately, your bariatric surgery. Check with your insurance plan to see if you are covered. If not, we can provide you with a cost estimate. We'll work with you and your care provider to get access to the necessary medical records and test results. For more on a second opinion for bariatric surgery, call (608) 775-0055.

To learn more

To learn more about weight-loss surgery offered at Gundersen, attend a free informational seminar. They are available at the Gundersen Onalaska Clinic and via teleconferencing at Gundersen clinics in Boscobel, Decorah, Prairie du Chien, Tomah and Whitehall.

Bariatric Surgery is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

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