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Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric options at GRMC are surgical procedures to reduce the intake/absorption of food by the body in order to lose weight.

Gastric Bypass

Two types of operations, restrictive and mal-absorptive, can help people whose weight loss efforts have failed. Mal-absorptive operations reroute food and bypass a portion of the stomach and small intestine, limiting both food intake and absorption of fats and sugar.

Lap Band

The lap band is a procedure in which the surgeon places a hollow loop around the stomach. The loop squeezes the upper part of the stomach and effectively makes the stomach about a third its usual size.

Gastric Sleeve

This new option removes the outer curve of the stomach, removing the storage portion along with the appetite center. It limits the capacity of the stomach and is often the best option for patients with high risk factors.

Medical Weight-loss options

For some patients, surgery is not the right path. An intensive medical weight-loss program may be the solution for:

Surgical Associates and GRMC work with medical weight-loss patients so they can succeed and have the intensive support necessary to continue to succeed.


GRMC is one of a select few hospitals in Iowa that have been approved to perform morbid-obesity surgery on Medicare patients.

Facts about Obesity and Its Treatments

News articles

GRMC Bariatric Center of Excellence Earns Reaccreditation from American College of Surgeons

Healthletter article - Feb 2010

Surgical Associates