Bariatric Surgery Program

Weight loss surgery may be an option for individuals who have explored all other possibilities.

Bariatric Program

Weight loss surgery is usually for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above, or those who have a BMI of 35 or above with other conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea.

Why we are the best at what we do:

  • CHI Health's Bariatric Surgery Program consists of board-certified surgeons
  • Our program at CHI Health Immanuel is a fully Accredited MBSAQIP Bariatric Surgery Program  
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Medically monitored to ensure safe and effective weight loss
  • One point of contact from insurance approvals to pre- and post-surgery appointments to long-term maintenance support
  • All surgeries are minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures
  • Collaborations with other specialties
  • We offer bi-monthly educational seminars for program candidates, monthly post-operative patient support groups, and long-term patient follow-up, with educational and nutritional support

Are you a candidate?

Those who are candidates for bariatric surgery typically fall into the below categories:

  • Adults who have a BMI over 40
  • Adults with a BMI between 35 and 40, who have obesity-related medical complications, such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.
  • Those who have failed to lose weight by non-surgical means (weight loss programs, diets, etc). Some insurance companies may require documentation of participation in at least one weight loss program.
  • Those willing to commit to a lifelong change of proper diet, exercise, and medical follow up.

If you want view our bariatric surgery webinars and be contacted by our staff, sign up here. 

Things to Consider

Can you comply with the follow up that is required after surgery?

You have to follow the directions of your surgeon and bariatric team, especially diet, exercise, labs and office follow up. Surgery alone will not take care of your weight or health issues. We have an extensive follow-up routine for all our bariatric surgery patients in order to successfully maintain

Does your insurance cover the surgery?

Check with your insurance company and see if bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is a covered benefit under your policy. If your insurance policy includes a specific exclusion for the surgical treatment of obesity you will not be covered for surgery, no matter your current health issues.

Are you looking to surgery for the right reasons?

Bariatric surgery is NOT done for cosmetic reasons. It is done to improve failing health, and is for those 100 pounds or more overweight. If you meet the medical criteria, you are doing it for health reasons.

Do you have the emotional support you need?

It is crucial that you have a strong support network of family and friends that will be there to help you through the decision making process, and especially as you recover after surgery. We suggest that not only the patient, but also their close friends and family become educated about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

Support Groups

Our monthly support groups provide a secure, warm setting for patients undergoing the process of lifetime diet and lifestyle changes that can improve surgery outcomes and are necessary to achieve enduring weight loss.

Support sessions have been shown to directly increase the chances of short- and long-term patient success following bariatric surgery. Regardless of where a person is in relation to the bariatric surgery process, he or she is welcome to attend the sessions.

Bariatric Surgery Support Groups are available at Immanuel Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital – Council Bluffs. The support group meets monthly with a new topic for education. For more details, please see our schedule.