Bariatric Services

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Bariatric Services

Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Tue - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

More energy. Better health. Greater well-being.

There’s so much to gain from losing weight. More energy. Better health. Greater well-being. We can help you achieve it. Providence St. Patrick Hospital offers comprehensive surgical and non-surgical weight-loss programs that are tailored to your personal health goals and preferences.

Considering weight-loss surgery? Attend a free seminar.

Seminars are the first step in evaluating whether weight-loss surgery is right for you. Our experienced medical staff will cover the basics of weight-loss surgery and help you understand your options.

Register for Free Virtual Seminar

When it comes to weight-loss surgery, you have choices. We can help you find the right procedure for you at one of our free educational seminars. These information sessions cover the benefits of each surgical option and provide plenty of opportunities for you to ask questions directly to our surgeons and staff. Once you’ve attended a seminar, our staff will work with you to evaluate whether surgery is right for you.

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2021 seminars will be held on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

March 17
April 21
May 19
June 16
July 21
Aug. 18
Sept. 15
Oct. 20
Nov. 17
Dec. 15

Losing weight is much more than making a commitment to drop pounds. It can be both physically and mentally exhausting.

If you have been trying to lose weight on your own or with the expertise of a health professional and have not achieved sustainable results, a surgical option may be right for you. Our team offers a variety of options to help you reach your weight-loss goals.

Our surgical weight-loss procedures include:

  • Gastric bypass surgery - The Roux en Y Gastric Bypass is the gold standard and most common weight-loss surgery. It promotes weight loss by restricting food intake and causing a minimal amount of malabsorption (disruption in the body’s ability to absorb fat and other food elements).
  • Gastric sleeve surgery - During gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach so it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. The new, tube-shaped stomach is closed with staples.

Weight-loss surgery isn’t an easy fix. The long-term success of your surgery requires a lifetime commitment to better health. That’s why we also provide education, support and care before and after your procedure to support you on a path to success.

There are certain factors that can help identify whether weight-loss surgery is right for you. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Age 18-64
  • Females with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 35 or greater, with a weight-related health condition (or) with a BMI of 40-60
  • Males with a BMI of 35 or greater, with a weight-related health condition (or) with a BMI of 40-55

If you exceed the maximum BMI requirement, we have options to help you achieve a healthier weight for surgery in the future.

While many of these topics are covered in our free educational seminar, it can be valuable to call our staff ahead of time to ensure you are a good fit for surgery.

Finally, insurance coverage varies widely between carriers. Our staff can work with you to evaluate your insurance coverage once you attend the free educational seminar and complete the weight-loss surgery application form.

Know Your BMI

This tool is for adults and is not intended to replace evaluation by a healthcare professional.

Seminars are the first step in evaluating whether weight-loss surgery is right for you. The next step is completing the weight-loss surgery application form.

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Download, print, complete and return the form to:
Providence Bariatric Services
500 W. Broadway, 5th Floor Broadway Bldg.
Missoula, Montana 59802

Once our team receives your application form, we will work with you to verify insurance coverage and create a personalized treatment plan.

Unhealthy weight is one of the major causes of chronic and life-threatening diseases in America. Dr. Brad Pickhardt, bariatric surgeon, explains.

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Success Stories

Learn how patients are starting a new healthy chapter with bariatric surgery.

Rebecca had gastric bypass surgery and has never looked back. She is down to 137 pounds, with a BMI of 24.6 and wears a size 6. She is starting a new chapter. “I can exercise more – without hurting. Read more

Jenny loves being more active ... She finally took a trip to Disneyland, triumphant at being able to stand in lines, go on the rides, and sit in an airplane seat comfortably while traveling. Read more

Annette lost more than 100 pounds. She fits into the clothes she loves to wear and is more active than she’d been in years – using the elliptical trainer, practicing yoga and hula-hooping in her living room. Read more