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Mercy Bariatric Surgery

Diets, pills and exercise are not effective for 98% of those patients classified as morbidly obese, which is defined as being 100 pounds over one’s ideal weight and causing such health problems as heart disease, diabetes and depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery is the only long-term effective treatment for morbid obesity.

Mercy Bariatric Surgery

Mercy Bariatric Surgery has a team approach to weight loss. Patients meet with physicians, dietitians and behaviorists, among other health care specialists, who help evaluate co-morbidities (illnesses or conditions associated with obesity) such as hypertension, heart disease, pulmonary disease, sleep apnea and diabetes. Our bariatric surgery procedures are performed at Mercy Medical Center–West Lakes located in West Des Moines.

Mercy offers three bariatric surgical procedures: gastric bypass, gastric banding (Mercy offers both the LAP-BAND® and Realize® Band devices for gastric banding surgery) and gastric sleeve. Mercy Surgical Affiliates surgeon, Dr. Mark Smolik is a highly experienced and advanced minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) surgeon. He performs over 99 percent of the bariatric surgeries using this minimally-invasive technique, which patients benefit from:

- less scarring;
- shorter hospital stays;
- less blood loss;
- less risk of infection.

Do I qualify for bariatric surgery?

Candidates for bariatric surgery include individuals:

- With a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or those with BMIs of 35-39 with co-morbid disease. Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. This easy to use chart will help you find your BMI. Contact Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center if you have any questions.

That are at least 100 pounds above ideal weight with a history of obesity and documented weight loss efforts provided by health care professionals.

Consult our easy to use BMI table to see where you fall.

Ready to start your journey?

Contact Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center by calling (515) 358-9400, or email

Check out the schedule of upcoming community lectures, the first step to bariatric surgery. Please consult Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center for more information.

Click to see Sandi's weight loss success story.


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