Bariatric Surgery Procedures

Weight loss surgery can be an important part of changes that can improve your lifelong health. When you have your bariatric surgery procedure at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, you'll find a care team that is familiar with every aspect of your treatment.

Our expert surgeons offer several types of weight loss surgery. For each patient, we select procedures that are shown to be safe and effective. We provide minimally invasive and robotic surgery options, and we offer gastric bypass revision surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Procedures at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell

Weight loss surgery may be an option when diet, medications and medical weight loss have failed. Bariatric surgery makes your stomach smaller by reshaping it.

Learn more about your procedure and what to expect, including:

  • Procedures we offer: Because of our experience with all bariatric surgery options, our experts can recommend the best surgical treatment for you.
  • Our comprehensive team: Our bariatric center of excellence staff works with other experts, including family practice, internal medicine, cardiology and pulmonology experts. Nutrition, therapy and mental health experts support you. And our social workers and care coordinators pull everything together.
  • Doctors and nurses who know you: Our whole surgical team learns about your surgery and goals. Our surgeons share information and ideas to make your procedure as successful as possible.
  • Long-term support: We keep our monthly bariatric surgery patient support group available when you need it.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

For most surgeries, we use minimally invasive procedures to give patients faster recovery, less pain and less scarring. We offer the following surgeries and care:

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

This weight loss surgery makes your stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part of your stomach and small intestine.

Your surgeon divides the stomach into two parts: an upper pouch and a lower, unused portion. Your doctor connects the upper pouch to the small intestine.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is usually a laparoscopic surgery. This type of surgery is minimally invasive, using small incisions and instruments. After surgery, the pouch will hold about one ounce of food, or about 1/8 of a cup.

Sleeve gastrectomy

This procedure uses a different method to make your stomach smaller. Doctors remove part of the stomach, converting it into a long narrow tube.

This surgery does not affect your intestines. Surgeons can perform sleeve gastrectomy robotically or laparoscopically (using small incisions and tiny instruments and cameras).

Gastric bypass revision

If you had a previous weight loss surgery and are having complications or problems, we can help. Our hospital has unique expertise as the only hospital in the state to perform revisions.

Medical weight loss

Surgery may not be the best treatment for your weight loss journey. We'll review all the options with you, including our comprehensive medical weight loss program. Our care team oversees your progress through the program, which includes:

  • Nutrition management: Our nutritionist works with you to develop a long-term eating plan.  
  • Exercise program: You'll develop an exercise program with support from our care team.
  • Disease management: Our doctors and nurse practitioner monitor health conditions that impact your weight and support you with strategies to improve these conditions.
  • Weight loss medications: Pharmacotherapy, or medications to help with weight loss, may help you lose more weight.

What to Expect After Surgery: The Gastric Sleeve Diet

After your surgery, you will make a slow transition to your lifelong food plan, following the gastric sleeve diet. We'll help you prepare before your surgery.

You'll be on a clear liquid diet for about a week. You can expect to have a protein shake each day along with broth, Jell-O and similar foods. You'll drink water and decaffeinated coffee or tea.

In the following weeks, you'll introduce other foods, including thin soups, nonfat yogurt and thin cereals. Our nutritionist guides you as you slowly add more variety to your diet. About a month after surgery, you'll start adding solid foods.

Supporting Your Long-Term Success

We want you to be successful after your surgery. You'll follow up with your surgeon and our nurse practitioner once a month for the first three months.

You'll continue with appointments every three months and then every six months. In the long term, our doctors will meet with you once a year, or when you need them.

We understand how hard lifestyle changes can be and how important having the right support is to your success. Our care team will help you set up for success and get into a routine.

Our bariatric surgery patient support group meets at the hospital once a month on a Saturday. The support group is always available to you, even years after your surgery.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey Now

Take the first step. Fill out our contact form or schedule an appointment or consultation by calling (641) 236-4323.

You can learn more about our bariatric surgery support group by viewing the class details or calling (641) 236-2598.