Mayo Clinic's approach


Medically supervised interventions available at Mayo Clinic in Arizona comprise nutrition therapy, behavior modification, pharmacotherapy, and weight-loss surgery and procedures. For out-of-state patients, we offer efficient, condensed scheduling, and 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.

Treatment team

A team of specialists works together to develop weight-loss treatment plans tailored to your needs. Your team can include experts in endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, community internal medicine, psychiatry and psychology, dietetics, and other specialists, as needed.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida has a dedicated Bariatric Center to help people struggling with obesity gain control of their weight.

Treatment team

A team of specialists works together to develop weight-loss treatment plans tailored to each person's needs. Your team can include specialists from endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, psychiatry and psychology, community internal medicine, dietetics, and other specialties, as needed.


Mayo Clinic surgeons in Rochester, Minnesota, perform over 300 weight-loss surgeries each year. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is accredited as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has also met Medicare's facility standards for bariatric surgery.

Treatment team

The Mayo Clinic bariatric care team in Rochester, Minnesota, consists of experts from endocrinology, gastroenterology, dietetics, psychiatry and psychology, gastroenterologic and general surgery, and other specialists, as needed.

Information sessions

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, holds a monthly weight-loss 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.

Cost estimates

For questions about the cost of an intragastric balloon, call Mayo Clinic's 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. Comprehensive Care Offers Virginia Man a Path to Transplant

    When congestive heart failure led to the need for a heart transplant, Vincent Arnold turned to Mayo Clinic. The care he received took all his medical concerns into account, providing him a way to return to better health. It's been almost four years since Vincent Arnold began feeling winded and feeling like his heart was [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform about 500 weight-loss surgeries each year.
  • Innovative procedures. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologists and surgeons are involved in developing the latest in weight-loss surgeries and procedures, such as intragastric balloons and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. Mayo Clinic is going to be one of the first centers in the United States offering intragastric balloons, and will serve as a training center for the procedure.
  • A comprehensive team approach. A team of medical experts, including endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, dietitians and psychologists, helps identify candidates who could most benefit from weight-loss surgeries or procedures. The team works intensively with you before and after your procedure or surgery to help you achieve a long-lasting result.

    In fact, although you'll only have an intragastric balloon for six months, the care you receive at Mayo will continue for at least six months after the balloon is removed to help you maintain your weight loss and health benefits.

Intragastric Balloon: Multidisciplinary Approach and Support

Intragastric Balloon: Typical Process and Schedule

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.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

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.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

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Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

Jan. 13, 2018
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  2. Abu Dayyeh BK, et al. Status evaluation report — Endoscopic bariatric therapies. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2015;81:5.
  3. Ponce J, et al. The REDUCE pivotal trial: A prospective, randomized controlled pivotal trial of a dual intragastric balloon for the treatment of obesity. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases. In press. 2015. Accessed July 3, 2015.
  4. Bariatric surgery for severe obesity. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Accessed July 5, 2015.
  5. Riggins EA. AllScripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aug. 5, 2015.
  6. American College of Surgeons. Accessed July 5, 2015.
  7. Medicare-approved facilities/trials/registries — Bariatric surgery. Accessed July 5, 2015.
  8. Abu Dayyeh BK (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aug. 6, 2015.
  9. Abu Dayyeh BK, et al. Abstract 444. Abstract presented at: Digestive Disease Week; May 16-19, 2015; Washington, D.C. Accessed Aug. 6, 2015.