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Trinity Weight Management Specialists

Weight loss surgery can be a wonderful solution in the right situation.

Finding the right place for surgery is a pretty important matter. That's why the smart choice is the Trinity Weight Management Specialists. Trinity has been providing surgical weight loss solutions for over three decades. Our board-certified surgeons offer minimally invasive and traditional surgical approaches to weight loss.

What can you expect?

The first step toward bariatric surgery is to attend one of our free seminars. If the patient meets the preliminary qualifications and is willing to proceed, an appointment is made to come into the center to begin the process. At this appointment, staff at Trinity Weight Management Specialists will go over with the patient their insurance requirements and the journey begins.

After all the steps have been completed and surgery has been approved, Trinity Weight Management Specialists will coordinate pre-surgical testing for the patient at one convenient time. Pre-surgical testing will include an upper GI, chest x-ray, EKG and lab work. The patient will also meet with the Bariatric RN and Bariatric Dietitian to complete pre-operative teaching and instruction.

Bariatric Surgery as an Established Option

Bariatric surgery was developed in the 1950's. Technology and surgical practice have both improved and expanded upon the original procedure. Today, we're able to choose from procedure options based on patient need. Selecting the right option depends on the patient's condition, dietary habits and willingness to alter eating behavior. This decision will be made together with the bariatric surgeon of your choice.

You are reading this guide because you are considering surgical weight loss with a surgeon at Trinity Weight Management Specialists. The decision to consider weight loss surgery is an important one. It is a lifetime contract with your surgeon, bariatric staff, family, and yourself. It is a very important decision and we appreciate your interest in our program.

We are committed to lifelong treatment of morbid obesity. Our bariatric surgical team, each with  years of experience in dealing with bariatric patients, includes a dietitian, mental health professionals, nurses, nurse practitioner, insurance specialist, program administrator, surgeons and caring staff members. We feel that expert care is only available with this comprehensive team approach and we are committed to providing bariatric surgery in the safest manner possible.

A very important aspect of our program is patient education prior to surgery. Each patient will receive both group teaching and individual evaluation to ensure that each surgery is tailored to the patient's individual needs and goals. All patients in our program will receive dietary and exercise counseling specific to the issues associated with the change in their lifestyle after surgery. Patients will meet regularly with our dietitian for help adjusting to their new lifestyle of healthy eating. Individual guidance about appropriate levels of exercise and intensity will be provided. We also offer a dedicated support group that will meet monthly to discuss life as a bariatric surgery patient.

Surgical Weight Loss is a Journey

It is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to health. Dedication to proper diet, exercise, and mental health is crucial to obtaining the best results. The surgery is a tool that improves the patient's ability to lose weight while following the recommended diet and exercise program as prescribed by the Bariatric Center multidisciplinary team. The Bariatric Surgical Program at Trinity Weight Management Specialists is a comprehensive program offering several important advantages for patients, including:

  • A dedicated team of specialists who have many years of experience in dealing with bariatric patients. 
  • Nutrition counseling to discuss the nutritional changes necessary for bariatric surgery. 
  • Exercise consultation will provide individual guidance about appropriate levels of exercise and intensity. 
  • Facilitation of quality care through immediate access to all areas of specialized physicians within UnityPoint Health - Trinity. 
  • Accessible lifelong follow-up care. 
  • Follow-through with primary care physicians before and after surgery. 
  • Dedicated support group that will meet monthly to discuss life as a bariatric surgery patient.