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Location:Mercy 8th & 8th Medical ParkLevel 3 / Suite 300788 8th Ave. SECedar Rapids, IA 52401
Park in the lot on the corner of 8th Avenue and 7th Street SE.
Phone Number:For questions or scheduling, call: (319) 398-6747
Hours:8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Monday through Friday
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Register now for a FREE informational seminar with Bariatric Surgeon Sajida Ahad, MD, FACS.
Mercy’s Bariatric Surgery Clinic provides surgical weight loss options to help you with lifelong success with weight control and healthy living.
Our comprehensive program is under the direction of Sajida Ahad MD, FACS – one of the few surgeons in the United States who is trained in obesity medicine and bariatric surgery.
To be considered for bariatric surgery, you are required to meet a number of criteria. In most cases, you should:
Do you have questions on whether you qualify for bariatric surgery? Attend one of our free educational seminars.
If you don't meet these requirements, consider the Mercy Weight Loss program, which utilizes science-based strategies and is facilitated by Mercy’s Registered Dietitians to promote healthy eating, increase physical activity and identify behaviors that keep you from achieving your goals.
The first step when considering weight-loss surgery is to attend an informational seminar. It is free and mandatory. You will get to know the bariatric surgery team and the types of weight-loss surgery Mercy Medical Center offers. This is a great way to explore options and make the very best decision for your health! Register for a seminar now. If you are unable to register online, please contact Barb Cooper, RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about preparing for bariatric surgery.
Mercy Medical Center accepts most private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. Every insurance company and individual plans are different. To meet requirements for most insurance companies, you must have documented weight-loss attempts. The bariatric surgery team will help you navigate insurance requirements for approval.
Mercy performs four types of bariatric surgery:
Learn more about these surgeries and see informational graphics about how they work.
Weight loss through bariatric surgery is much more than a simple procedure — it is a journey. Bariatric patients undergo profound physical and emotional changes, and our compassionate team is here to support every aspect of your weight-loss goals. Our comprehensive program includes a team of board-certified experts, including your surgeon, physician assistant, nurse, program coordinator, dietitian and psychologist, who assist you through surgery and partner as your coaches to help successfully guide you through the changes your bariatric surgery journey will bring. Learn more about your team.
Every patient’s journey and weight loss will depend on his or her level of compliance and commitment to healthy dietary changes and exercise throughout his or her lifetime. Learn more about what to expect after bariatric surgery.
Our Bariatric Surgery Support Group is for patients, friends and family who are considering bariatric surgery or have had bariatric surgery. The group is led by a member of the bariatric surgery team, with guest speakers such as dietitians, plastic surgeons, physical and exercise therapists, and many more. Different topics are discussed every month and attendees are encouraged to participate in activities such as the clothing exchange. Attendance is required after your first appointment and is a prerequisite before surgery can be performed. Registration is not required. Learn more.
To refer a patient, please email Barb Cooper, RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator, at email@example.com, or within EPIC under Ambulatory Bariatric Surgery.
Mercy and MercyCare providers, please submit your referral through EPIC to Bariatric Surgery.
If you are a non-Mercy Provider, please email email Barb Cooper, RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the patient's name, DOB, contact information, and the referring provider's name and phone number.
Mercy’s Bariatric Surgery Clinic is a collaborative initiative between Mercy Medical Center and UI Health Care. A small number of patients may have referrals extended to UIHC’s Bariatric Surgery Clinic based on certain patient health factors.