Treatment at Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Arizona

Mayo Clinic in Arizona has performed bariatric surgery procedures since 2001. Medically supervised interventions comprise: nutrition therapy, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy and weight-loss surgery, including laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, Roux-en-y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Minimally invasive surgery is the preferred approach. For out-of-state patients, we offer efficient, condensed scheduling. We will work with providers in your area to meet your needs.

Bariatric Program informational seminars

Mayo Clinic conducts regular informational seminars for people interested in learning more about the medical and surgical options available through the Mayo Clinic Bariatric Program. The interactive seminars, conducted by doctors and other members of the bariatric treatment team, include:

  • A description of Mayo Clinic's multidisciplinary program
  • Answers to questions about care and precertification
  • Details about the registration process

Seminars are free of charge and open to anyone considering bariatric surgery. Feel free to bring family and friends.

The Bariatric Program informational seminars are held on select Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Mayo Clinic Hospital, room 1-115 (across from the Gift Shop on the first floor). To register, or for questions, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free).

If you have questions about the bariatric program, call 480-342-2869 to speak with our bariatric representative. Or send an email to: mcaweightlosssurgery@mayo.edu.

Treatment team

A team of specialists works together to develop bariatric treatment plans tailored to your needs. Your team can include experts in Endocrinology, General Surgery, Community Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology, Dietetics and other specialists, as needed.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Florida

Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida has a dedicated Bariatric Center to help people struggling with obesity gain control of their weight. The Mayo Clinic team has a combined experience of more than 75 years caring for bariatric surgery patients.

Treatment team

A team of specialists work together to develop bariatric treatment plans tailored to each person's needs. Your team can include bariatric specialists from Endocrinology, General Surgery, Psychiatry and Psychology, Community Internal Medicine, Dietetics and other specialties, as needed.

Evaluation

The evaluation process usually takes about three to eight months. It may be longer than eight months before the surgery due to insurance processing and scheduling. The preliminary evaluation for bariatric surgery in Florida can be completed in one day.

Physician referrals are not required but are encouraged to help ensure the best continuity of care possible for patients. To begin the appointment process, call the Bariatric Center program coordinator at 904-953-0708.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

A Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month.

Appointments

Physician referrals are not required but are encouraged to help ensure the best continuity of care possible for patients.

To begin the appointment process, call the Bariatric Center program coordinator at 904-953-0708.

Minnesota

Mayo Clinic surgeons in Minnesota perform over 300 bariatric surgeries each year. Several surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota have particular expertise in repairing previously unsuccessful bariatric surgeries, as well as treating severely obese people. Bariatric surgery is available for adults and adolescents who meet certain criteria.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., continues to be recognized as an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Accredited Bariatric Center, the highest level of accreditation in bariatric surgery. Because of this accreditation, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has also met Medicare's facility standards for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery accreditation promotes standard benchmarks and supports continuous quality improvement.

Treatment team

The Mayo Clinic bariatric care team in Minnesota consists of experts from Endocrinology,  Dietetics, Psychiatry and Psychology, Gastroenterologic and General Surgery, and other specialists, as needed.

Information sessions

Mayo Clinic in Rochester holds a monthly bariatric surgery information session. The sessions are conducted by an endocrinologist, dietitian, psychologist, surgeon, and a bariatric surgery coordinator. There is no charge for the sessions and they are open to anyone who has questions about bariatric surgery. Information session schedule (PDF).

Evaluation

To begin the bariatric surgery process at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, use one of the following contact options:

  • Bariatric Surgery Coordinator: Phone: 507-538-1565, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or email: bariatricsurgery@mayo.edu
  • Endocrinology: 507-284-1600, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday

The length of time from your initial appointment to the date of surgery is usually about six to nine months. Your preliminary evaluation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester may last two to three days. If you are some distance from Mayo Clinic, you may be referred to a care provider in your local area to complete a portion of the evaluation. Near the end of the evaluation, you will meet with a surgeon to decide how to proceed.

Cost estimates

For questions about the cost of bariatric surgery, call Mayo Clinic Estimating Service at 507-284-4024.

Apr. 07, 2014