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Why Methodist?

Once you enroll in the Methodist bariatric program, you’re a patient for life. We understand the physical and emotional challenges of living with obesity, and we’re committed to being by your side during every phase of your weight loss journey. Our services include medical weight management and surgical options. Our experienced team of bariatric surgeons will assess your individual situation and tailor a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. Our team offers outreach services in Columbus, Nebraska.

Your Journey

We’re dedicated to helping you throughout your weight loss journey. Soon after contacting us, you may have questions about insurance and financial options, program eligibility requirements, and each step of our program.

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Treatment Options

Bariatric surgery can be life-changing for people who have battled obesity and chronic conditions. But it isn’t the best solution for everyone. We offer a number of proven options – surgical and nonsurgical – to help you achieve your weight loss goals and improve your health. We believe that each patient is unique, and we’re ready to help you choose the treatment plan that best suits you.

Moving forward with a weight loss surgery or procedure is an important decision. Each procedure carries its own risks that our team will discuss with you. Ultimately, a successful procedure is just one part of a comprehensive weight loss plan.

Endoscopic Intragastric Balloon

In this procedure, a deflated balloon is inserted into the stomach through the esophagus. A doctor then injects the balloon with a saline solution. The expanded balloon makes you feel full while reducing the amount of food you can eat. The balloon is removed after six months.

Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

In this procedure, commonly called a “lap band,” a band is surgically placed around your stomach. The band can be tightened to restrict the amount of food you eat with a small port implanted underneath your skin. This procedure involves no surgical modification to your anatomy and is reversible.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This popular procedure involves creating a small stomach pouch that is then connected to the small intestine. In addition to restricting the amount of food you eat, the resulting arrangement bypasses the first section of the small intestine, leading to the absorption of fewer calories.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

In this procedure, about 75-80% of the stomach is removed, reducing the amount of food you eat. You’ll also feel less hungry because your smaller stomach temporarily produces less of the hormone ghrelin, which gives you the desire to eat.

Methodist Weight Management Program

This program helps you embrace the lifestyle changes necessary for healthy weight loss. It begins with an evaluation of eating habits and physical activity. Extended appointment times are available, as well as health coach calls for support and to discuss progress, challenges, and setbacks. Some participants who considered weight loss surgery decide against it after success in the program. Others enter the program to lower the risk of complications in unrelated surgeries.

Bariatric Surgery Services Are Available at These Locations:

Meet Our Bariatric Specialists

Dr. Brad Winterstein performs a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedure at Methodist Hospital
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Awards and Accreditations

Methodist is dedicated to creating better care, outcomes and experiences for you and those you love. We are honored to be recognized for excellence in care.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Blue Distinction Center+ logo
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery
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