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The journey to a new you

Weight-loss surgery is personal, so is the way we care for you. At Ascension in Wisconsin, our weight loss doctors, care teams and bariatric surgeons will guide and support you through every step of your journey. We deliver nonsurgical and surgical treatments such as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and gastric band. For weight loss program and surgery patients, success means more than numbers on the scale. We help you with your lifestyle change. The road to a healthier, happier you begins with attending a weight loss seminar.

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Know when it's time to take the first step

Some people may know they’re ready for a weight management program, but others may not. Take our health risk assessment to learn more about your weight and find out if you are putting your health at risk.

Watch our online seminar, hosted by one of our experienced doctors or care team members. During the seminar, we’ll explain each step of the weight loss process, what to expect, and share success stories from people who have been through our weight loss programs. 

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee Bariatric Center

Mom of five regains health with bariatric surgery
Ann's weight was close to 300 lbs after having five children. Since her bariatric surgery, she has lost weight and gained relief from joint pain.

Weight loss surgery helps husband feel like new
William's wife Colleen feels like she has a new husband now that he has lost over 200 lbs. since his surgery.

Son's fear spurs mom to lose weight
Mary Jo has become a bigger inspiration to her son after losing weight from bariatric surgery.

Patient has newfound confidence after weight loss program
Dawn feels proud of her achievement and has gained confidence through the weight loss program at Ascension. 

Success stories: Life after bariatric surgery

At Ascension, we take the time to get to know you during your weight loss journey. That’s why your success is so important to us. We take great pride in seeing our patients go on to live happier, healthier lives.

Moms life takes off after bariatric surgery
After receiving excellent care at Ascension, Heather now participates in a healthier, active lifestyle.

Dad can coach daughters again after weight loss 
Losing weight has allowed Gary to enjoy being more active in his family member's lives.

Patient loses 125 lbs and finds new life 
Leanne lost 125 lbs after making the life-altering decision to have bariatric surgery at Ascension.

Bariatric health risk assessment
TAKE A HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements for bariatric surgery? 
There are specific insurance requirements for weight loss surgery. The National Institutes of Health set criteria to determine who will qualify for weight loss surgery. Patients with a BMI greater than 40 qualify for surgery, and patients with a BMI from 35-39.9 with weight related health conditions may also qualify for surgery. Patients also have had to try losing weight by other methods before pursuing surgery.

Will insurance cover my bariatric surgery? 
Many insurance companies cover weight loss surgery, but each insurance has their own pre-operative requirements. If you are considering surgery with us, first contact your insurance carrier to learn more about your specific benefits and coverage options. If you need help determining your eligibility for coverage, we can help. For those without insurance or individuals with plans that do not cover bariatric surgery, a self-pay option is also available.

How soon can I return to work after bariatric surgery? 
Each patient is different. We typically  advise patients to take 21 days off from work. If your job is not physically demanding, you may be able to return to work in 10 - 14 days after a gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or revision surgery.

Where can I learn more about the weight loss programs offered at Ascension? 
We encourage our patients to participate in a seminar or learn more about our program by
clicking here.  

CONTACT WAUKESHA LOCATION

Ascension Wisconsin Weight Loss program locations

Ascension Medical Group Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin and Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Bariatric Center are Accredited Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Programs and will motivate you every step of the way.

Accredited Center

Whether you want to lose weight with a lifestyle change or you are considering weight loss surgery, the first step of your weight loss journey starts with attending a weight loss seminar at no cost to you. Because we know that busy schedules can make it difficult to attend a seminar, we offer online options. After the seminar, you can schedule a meeting with our care team to talk about the next steps on your weight loss journey. 

Attend a weight loss seminar 

CONTACT MILWAUKEE LOCATION

At Ascension Medical Group Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin, we offer in-person seminars. When you attend an in-person seminar, you not only have the opportunity to meet our bariatric care team, but you can also talk with others who face the same weight loss challenges. Knowing there are others on the same journey as you can give you comfort and support. During the seminar, we will explain the entire weight loss process step-by-step, and answer any questions you may have in a supportive, judgment-free environment. After the seminar, our weight loss doctors and care team will be available to answer your questions one-on-one. 

Ascension Medical Group Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin

START AN ONLINE CARE VISIT

Out of concern for health and safety, classes and events will be rescheduled. Learn about our COVID-19 response at ascension.org. Talk to a doctor 24/7 with Ascension Online Care. Use code HOME for a discounted $20 visit. 

Individual results may vary.

WAUKESHA IN-PERSON SEMINARMILWAUKEE ONLINE SEMINAR

Ascension Medical Group - 1501 Madison Street - Bariatric Program
1501 Madison Street
Appleton, WI  54915

920-730-4435

CALL APPLETON LOCATION — 920-730-4435

Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.

Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension Wisconsin, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

Ascension Medical Group - Bariatrics Institute of Wisconsin

Attend one of our virtual interactive seminars on the third Wednesday and fourth Thursday of every month. During the seminar, our experienced doctors or care team members will explain each step of the weight loss process, what to expect, and share success stories from people who have been through our weight loss programs. 

CALL 262-785-7770