Skip to main content

United Hospital

Bariatric Center

Bariatric Center of United Hospital patient success story, Alison

For for more information on bariatric surgery sign up for a class or call Allina Health class registration at

MyChart icon

MyChart is the secure way to manage your health care online. View your hospital discharge instructions, access patient education and more.
Log in or sign up.

The Bariatric Center of United Hospital

Nationally recognized as a "Bariatric Center of Excellence" by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, United Hospital's Bariatric Surgery Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve significant weight loss, which can lead to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Patient criteria and insurance coverage

Bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss and weight control method for clinically severe (morbid) obesity. Bariatric surgery is one part of a lifestyle plan — including eating right and exercising regularly — to maintain a healthy weight.

Learn more about patient criteria and insurance coverage.

Introduction to Weight Loss Surgery

Interested in weight loss surgery? At the free seminar, you can get answers to your questions without any cost or obligation. For meeting dates and times,

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

We offer our patients opportunities to discuss their experience with others who have had weight loss surgery during regular meetings.

National recognition

United Hospital 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.

Meet our surgeon

photo William M Rupp, MD

William M Rupp, MD
United Hospital Bariatric Center

These stories paint a picture of the expert medical care and excellent experience we provide to our patients and their families.

Weight-loss surgery: A new path to better health

Tim Smith with Jodi Nicholson

Tim Smith says he would absolutely do the surgery again.

Nine months after surgery at United Hospital, he's about 140 pounds lighter and no longer needs insulin for his diabetes or any of his 10 medicines.

Alison's journey


Alison was unhappy with her weight since childhood.

As a young girl, Alison felt awkward and self-conscious about her size. "I tried dieting for years and I often lost weight, but I always gained it back, said Alison. "I was extremely discouraged and frustrated."

Alison knew she desired a more fulfilling life. Obesity led to low self-esteem and difficulty sleeping and put her at risk for heart disease. Unable to enjoy life's most simple pleasures, Alison placed her trust in United Hospital surgeons. "After my bariatric surgery, my energy levels increased, my overall health improved and I have the ability to truly enjoy my life."