Mayo Clinic's approach

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 480-342-1026 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 every other month starting in January from 9 to 11:00 am at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix (Room 1-212, near the hospital entrance).

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, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition, and other specialties, as needed.

Evaluation and appointments

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. However, patients should have a primary care physician that the bariatric team can communicate with to help ensure the best continuity care possible for patients. To begin the appointment process, call the Central Appointment Office at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, 904-953-0853.

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.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Healthier and Happier After Bariatric Surgery

    For Candace Clark, bariatric surgery meant the difference between struggling with weight issues, including medical problems triggered by obesity, and enjoying renewed health and energy. "I felt like I was slowly dying," says Candace Clark, a 54-year-old Barron, Wisconsin, resident who had dealt with weight issues for years. "I was tired of feeling the way [...]

  2. A Healthier Heart and Renewed Zest for Life After Bariatric Surgery

    A host of serious medical concerns were making daily life a challenge for Robert Watts. Comprehensive care at Mayo Clinic helped him tackle each of them and successfully restored his health. At 525 pounds, Robert Watts was morbidly obese. He had diabetes and high blood pressure. Then in 2013, Robert was diagnosed with congestive heart [...]

  3. Bariatric Surgery Generates Far-Reaching Benefits for Scott Decker

    Extra weight was ruining Scott Decker's health and draining his bank account. Bariatric surgery helped Scott lose the weight and set the course to a healthier, happier life. ? Carrying extra pounds was taking a big financial toll on Scott Decker, of Bloomer, Wisconsin, and the excess weight was on track to cost him a [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Surgeons at all three Mayo Clinic locations perform more than 500 weight-loss surgeries each year.
  • Positive results. In a study of patients who had weight loss surgery at Mayo Clinic, 72 percent of people who were followed maintained long-term weight loss of 50 percent or more of excess body weight after three years. Only 10 percent of patients had complications following surgery.
  • Complex cases. Mayo Clinic specializes in repairing problems resulting from previous bariatric surgery, and performing bariatric surgery in patients with complicated medical histories who may not qualify for surgery at other institutions.
  • Minimally invasive approach. Mayo Clinic uses minimally invasive techniques for bariatric surgery whenever possible. This approach offers smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.
  • Team approach. A team of medical experts, including endocrinologists, surgeons, dietitians and psychologists, helps identify candidates who could most benefit from surgery and works intensively with you before and after surgery to help achieve a long-lasting result. After the first year, follow-up care can be conducted by your hometown doctor, working closely with the Mayo team.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Clinical trials

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