Metabolic (Bariatric) Surgery
Roy's Story After Two Years
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Roy 2 years, 1 year, 6 months & 6 weeks after gastric bypass surgery.
Patients undergoing an elective procedure will need to have a COVID-19 test done 4-6 business days before their procedure. For your convenience, we opened a curbside COVID-19 Pre-Procedural Testing Center where you can have the test performed from your car The Center is located at N. Broadway and 8th Ave. N outside near SameDay Care. Your care team will schedule a time for you to have your test done at the Center. Testing samples are sent to Mayo Clinic for analysis and take about four to six business days for results. Patients will need to self-quarantine for the period of time between the test sample being collected and the date of their procedure. Thank you for taking this important step to protect yourself, our care team, and other patients.
This Center is specifically for patients scheduled for a procedure who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Symptomatic patients can call Healthline at (406) 255-8400 or 1-800-252-1246.
Have you spent years of your life on diets? Do you find it impossible to keep the weight off after you have lost it?
Most patients have plenty of willpower to lose weight temporarily. But the truth is, we do not have complete control in this area – our bodies have powerful mechanisms that may limit the loss, or even cause us to gain weight despite our efforts.
Billings Clinic Metabolism Center can help with effective, long-lasting treatments that will help put you on the path to better health.
Why should I consider bariatric surgery?
Improved appearance and quality of life are valid reasons many desire to lose weight, but there are other reasons important to many. Losing weight could include easier day-to-day mobility, more energy, better sleep and the ability to enjoy more active family activities, travel, shopping and more.
What complications can arise from obesity?
Obesity is a leading cause of several serious illnesses and advanced symptoms of serious illnesses to come. From high blood pressure to headaches, obesity can be the crux of many issues, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Great risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers
- Back pain and mobility limits
- Increased risk of foot, ankle, knee and hip problems
- Leg edema
There are also potentially life-threatening conditions that can result from obesity, including:
- Sleep apnea
- Reflux (GERD)
- Heart disease
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- Venous stasis disease (lower leg swilling and skin ulcerations)
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Cancer mortality
- Pseudotumor cerebri (high fluid pressure surrounding the brain)
What surgical options are best for me?
Although Billings Clinic Metabolism Center offers the following metabolic surgery approaches, our skilled team takes you through their comprehensive medical consultation and education to determine the best treatment options for you:
Preparing for your surgery
To help you feel prepared before and after your metabolic surgery, Billings Clinic offers a Metabolic Surgery Steps guide. This includes any program fees, contact numbers and other information that may be helpful as you prepare for surgery and your healing.
Join our information sessions
Our Metabolic Center hosts information sessions quarterly and we invite you to join us with a support person of your choice. Sessions are held in the Mary Alice Fortin Conference Center at Billings Clinic Hospital. Visit our Classes page for information and registration.
Metabolic Surgery Information (total run time: 46:34)
Metabolic Surgery & Diabetes Forum - Billings Clinic Lunch & Learn
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Get to know our surgical options
Choosing a surgical procedure is a big decision. If you're looking for more information about sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and more, feel free to browse our educational videos.