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Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss or bariatric surgery helps you lose weight and lowers your risk of medical problems associated with obesity.


Fitness & Weight Management
Mankato, MN

This water-based exercise class is designed to promote healthy living, weight loss, pain management and strength and conditioning, in a setting that reduces stress on a person’s joints and body. Led by a member of the Physical Therapy team, this six-week long program provides expertise to kick-start a fun, new way to exercise with a goal of helping people become comfortable with an independent program.

Classes cancelled until further notice. 

This cancellation is in line with precautions advised by the Centers for Disease Control to limit possible transmission of COVID 19, and to keep our campuses safe for our patients and staff. 

Fitness & Weight Management
Mankato, MN
  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?

Registration is required, call 507-594-7177 or click on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

Fitness & Weight Management
Fairmont, MN

Learn how our comprehensive program of surgery, dietary counseling, behavior modification, exercise and support can lead to a healthier life.

  • What weight loss options are available?
  • What are the benefits and risks of surgery?
  • What can I expect if I decide to have weight loss surgery?
  • How do I get started?
Registration is required, call 507-594-7177 or click on the registration button above. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.


Support Groups
Mankato, MN

Support and encouragement for long-term success.

Each meeting provides the support you need to help achieve and maintain your weight-loss goals. The group also provides an opportunity to share experiences and receive the encouragement and reinforcement needed to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This group is open to anyone in Southern Minnesota that has had, or is preparing to have bariatric surgery.

For more information, contact the Bariatric Surgery Program at 507-594-7020.

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