Bariatric Surgery

These are only general guidelines and not meant to replace instructions from a physician. Please talk with your physician about your specific condition.

About Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve (Gastrectomy)Our surgeons perform two types of bariatric surgery:

  • Gastric Sleeve (Gastrectomy). In this procedure, a portion of your stomach is removed, creating a smaller, narrower stomach called a “sleeve.” After surgery, the stomach resembles a banana, restricting how much food may be eaten. Food will still be absorbed normally in your intestines. This surgery typically results in decreased hunger sensations due to hormonal changes. Weight loss occurs fairly rapidly.
  • Roux en Y Gastric Bypass. During thisRoux en Y Gastric Bypass surgery, the most common gastric bypass procedure, your stomach is divided to create a small pouch about the size of your thumb. This causes you to feel full after only a few bites of food. Your intestine is divided and reattached to your stomach so that the outlet from the pouch empties into the small  intestine, causing food to bypass approximately 150 cm of your intestine. This procedure restricts the amount of food that may be eaten, as well as reduces the amount of nutrients and calories that are absorbed, resulting in rapid weight loss.

In most cases, bariatric surgery is performed laparoscopically, but our surgeons can perform both open surgery and minimally invasive procedures.

Bariatric Health History Form



  • North Memorial Medical Center

North Memorial Medical Center offers an integrated metabolic and bariatric surgery program to provide comprehensive care, management and planning for surgical weight loss for qualified patients. The program is a partnership with Specialists in General Surgery and headed by Jonathan C. Gipson, M.D., FACS. Visit North Memorial Bariatric and Metabolic Surgical Weight Loss  for more information.

Free Resources


Patients younger than 64 who are interested in bariatric surgery can register for these classes by calling 763.780.6699 or e-mailing us at To see the list of class dates and times, please check the class calendar under Patient Resources.


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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy information

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Laparoscopic Roux En Y Gastric Bypass information

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Overview of Bariatric Surgery by a Patient & Dr. Gipson

Surgeons Who Perform Bariatric Surgery


  • Advanced laparoscopy
  • Robotic assisted surgery
  • Reflux disease
  • Paraesophageal/hiatal hernia
  • Achalasia
  • Weight loss (bariatric) surgery
  • GI surgery
  • Complex abdominal wall hernias
  • Groin hernias
  • Upper endoscopy
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Jonathan C. Gipson, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Pancreas and foregut (esophagus and stomach) cancer surgery
  • Complex laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and hiatal hernia
  • Emergency surgical procedures
  • Surgical management of trauma
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Sarah J. Lippert, MD

Special Medical Interests:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Advanced esophageal procedures
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