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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Bariatric Center

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center
Piper Building
913 East 26th Street, Suite 401
Minneapolis, MN  55407
612-863-7501

For more information about our weight loss surgery program,
call 612-863-7501.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center has been making a difference in people's lives for more than 30 years. Our dedicated, experienced surgeons and staff are committed to your personal journey of achieving significant weight loss through a surgical option that is right for you.

Surgery may be an option for you if you are:

  • roughly 100 pounds overweight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 40.
  • unable to lose weight despite repeated attempts at dieting.

Online seminar

Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery

If you have a busy schedule and cannot attend a classroom-style presentation about weight loss surgery, try our online seminar. It's easy and you can complete the seminar in the comfort of your own home.

Patient story

Holly Stein

Life is better than ever

Stein had struggled with her weight for years and made many attempts to lose weight. She even got down to 130 pounds at one point. “But that was unrealistic for me, and I couldn’t keep it off.”

National recognition

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center is nationally recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

The program accredits bariatric surgery centers that have undergone peer evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Bariatric surgery accreditation not only promotes uniform standard benchmarks, but also supports continuous quality improvement.

Preparing for weight loss surgery

Online seminar

Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery online seminar

If you have a busy schedule and cannot attend a classroom-style presentation about weight loss surgery, try our online seminar. It's easy and you can complete the seminar in the comfort of your own home.

For more information about our weight loss surgery program,
call 612-863-7501.

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Health insurance coverage

We recommend you verify coverage for weight loss surgery prior to starting the journey. Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center offers cash pay options for those whose insurance does not include coverage for weight loss surgery.

Steps to success

The staff of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center is here to help you every step of the way. There are several steps in the journey of weight loss surgery. They include:

Before surgery

  1. Informational seminar
    Complete Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery online or by attending a classroom-style presentation. Classroom presentations are held two times a month at West Health in Plymouth and two times per month at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

  2. Dietitian visits
    Before scheduling your surgery, you will need to have at least two visits (one each month) with a dietitian. Your insurance provider may require up to six visits before allowing you to schedule your surgery. Please call your insurance provider to find out how many dietitian visits you will need.

  3. Surgeon consultation
    You will meet your surgeon as soon as you complete an intake form provided during the informational seminar in a classroom-style presentation or by filling out the online seminar intake form. The surgeon will review your unique medical history, goals of weight loss surgery and discuss surgical options to help you achieve your goals. Surgical options offered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center include:
  4. You will be asked to lose a certain amount of weight prior to being scheduled for surgery. This helps reduce the risks of surgical complications. You will meet with your surgeon a second time to verify weight loss before scheduling surgery. You may find these healthy weight loss tips helpful.


  5. Medical work-up and clearance
    You will have baseline lab tests ordered when you meet with the surgeon. Depending on your medical and surgical history, you may have additional testing ordered by the surgeon to make sure you are in the best health possible for surgery.

  6. Psychological evaluation
    After meeting with your surgeon, you will need to make an appointment with a psychologist. This assessment will determine whether you are in the best possible mental health to proceed with surgery at this time. Your psychologist will also help you prepare for surgery and the changes you will face after your surgery. Options for selecting a psychologist:
    • List of psychologists that perform evaluations.
    • You may select a psychologist on your own.
    • Call your insurance company and they will help you find a psychologist in your area. When you call you will need to ask if the provider does evaluations for weight loss surgery.

  7. Preparing for surgery
    If you are a tobacco user, you must be nicotine-free eight weeks prior to surgery. You may find these programs helpful to stop smoking.You must also be alcohol free before scheduling your surgery. If you have obstructive sleep apnea and have been prescribed a CPAP machine, you must be using your CPAP for at least 30 nights before being scheduled for surgery. The surgeon may ask you to have a sleep study. You can get a referral from your primary clinic or choose one of the Allina Health Sleep Centers.

  8. Pre-op education class
    Once you have scheduled your surgery, you will need to attend a free 2.5-hour education class. This mandatory class will prepare you for what to expect when you are in the hospital. You also will receive instructions on how to take care of yourself the first few weeks after surgery.

  9. Two weeks before surgery
    You will see your family care provider for a pre-operative history and physical.

Having surgery

  1. Surgery
    Surgery is scheduled once your insurance company approves your surgery. The Bariatric Center staff will complete this process on your behalf.

    For most operations you will be in the hospital one or two days. Before you go home you will be given information on how to take care of yourself and when to call your surgeon.

After surgery

  1. Lifelong follow-up
    Lifelong follow-up with your surgeon and dietitian will help you successfully lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. We will be there to support you as you embrace a new, healthier lifestyle. Expect to have several appointments in the first year following your surgery.
    • You will see your surgeon one to two weeks after your operation.
    • After that, you'll come back to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center once per year for a follow-up appointment.

Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery

If you have questions about the online seminar, please
call 612-863-7501.

If you complete this online version of the seminar, you do not need to attend a classroom-style presentation.

If you would prefer to attend a classroom-style presentation, please find an open class date that works for you.

Post-test and intake form

  1. Read or print out the post-test before watching the seminar videos.

  2. Watch these videos. The seminar is broken down into two sections. The post-test includes questions from both videos. You may find this PowerPoint presentation helpful when watching these videos.
  3. Part 1:



    Part 2:




  4. Complete the post-test and intake form.

    The intake form provides the surgeon with your medical, surgical and weight history. Once the Bariatric Center staff receives your form, they will review it and call you to schedule an appointment with a surgeon.

    We will score your post-test as soon as we get it.
    • A passing score is 19 correct questions.
    • For scores less than 19, you will be asked to attend a classroom-style presentation. This is to make sure you understand the surgical options, risks and outcomes of weight loss surgery.

  5. Email or mail your post-test and intake form to:

    Email: Deborah.Vanderhall@allina.com

    OR

    Mail: Abbott Northwestern Hospital Bariatric Center
    Attention: Deborah Vanderhall
    800 East 28th Street, Mail Route 39401
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

Meet our surgeons

Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Bariatric Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve significant weight loss and a healthier, more active lifestyle. Our physicians provide guidance and support during all phases of the weight-loss journey - before, during and after surgery.

photoEdmund Chute, MD

Edmund Chute, MD

photo Daniel Leslie, MD

Daniel Leslie, MD

photo Raymond Drew, MD,

Raymond Drew, MD

photo Michael Schwartz, MD

Michael Schwartz, MD

photo Jessica Gutierrez, MD

Jessica Gutierrez, MD



Patient stories

Holly Stein

Life is better than ever

Stein had struggled with her weight for years and made many attempts to lose weight. She even got down to 130 pounds at one point. “But that was unrealistic for me, and I couldn’t keep it off.”

Penny Deam

I am living a life that I never had before

“I had been overweight all my life, and I felt like I had been on every diet out there. I was not getting any younger, and I wanted to lose weight while I could still go out and enjoy life.”


Jack Holmes

Small victories

For most people, having to wear someone else's clothes after getting caught in a rainstorm would be an annoyance. For Jack Holmes, fitting into his younger brother's clothes is a small victory.

Mary Murck and Michael Knott

After weight loss surgery, couple enjoys a new life together

Mary Murck and Michael Knott were both chubby kids whose excess weight followed them into adulthood. When they met in their 40s, both weighed more than 300 pounds.