Introduction

Bariatric surgery is a long term solution to obesity.  If you are obese, surgery may help you lose weight and keep it off.  But, surgery by itself will not work.  You also need to change what you eat and become more active.  At Surgical Associates, we work in conjunction with the St. Vincent Healthcare Weight Management Clinic to educate and prepare qualifying patients for this life changing decision.

Our surgeons specialize in two types of bariatric surgery:

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery in which weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach by removing a portion of it.

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Gastric Bypass

And, the gastric bypass which is the resection and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

Doctors Specializing in this Area are:

Dennis W. Maier

Dennis W. Maier

M.D., FACS

Weight loss surgery in Billings is part of a multidisciplinary program centered at St. Vincent Healthcare Weight Management Clinic offering education, support groups, nutritional guidance, exercise planning, and psychologic support both before and after surgery. Weight loss can help eliminate obesity-related illnesses such as Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Reflux Disease and Hyperlipidemia.

We are committed to helping persons with longstanding obesity achieve the best results and improved health from long term weight loss.

Criteria for Bariatric Surgery

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater.
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have been overweight for 5 years or longer.
  • You do not have an underlying illness that has caused you to gain weight.
  • You do not abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • You have been unable to sustain a weight loss through diet and exercise.
  • You are committed to making changes in your diet and lifestyle.
  • You are willing to continue to work with and be monitored by your Bariatric Team.

For more information on becoming enrolled in the St. Vincent Weight Management Clinic, please visit: http://www.svh-mt.org/weight_management

To learn more about the gastric bypass procedure, please watch:
To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, please watch: