Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

Our Mission is Your Success
Our mission is to provide support to those committed to a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life through medical and surgical treatment of obesity. When all other methods of weight loss have failed, surgery may be the best option. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, has proven effective for reducing obesity. Losing weight provides numerous benefits for physical, mental and emotional well-being (click here to view testimonials from some of our patients). A healthy weight enables a more active lifestyle, and can also be effective in treating conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cardiovascular disease and arthritis. Patients need to meet specific qualifications regarding weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), and health issues to be eligible for these procedures.

The PrimeCare Surgical Weight Loss Program
Losing weight through bariatric procedures involves more than surgery. It requires changing your life by changing your lifestyle. That's why Mid Dakota Clinic and St. Alexius Medical Center have partnered to form the PrimeCare Surgical Weight Loss Program, the most comprehensive weight loss surgery program this region has to offer. In addition to experienced, board-certified surgeons, our complete bariatric services include experts ranging from licensed registered dietitians to psychologists and financial advisors, along with online education and supportive post-operative programs designed with you AND your family in mind. We also have a coordinator who works with you and your primary care doctor through the entire process to ensure that your care is tailored to your individual needs to help you achieve optimum results.

A message from Dr. Brandon Helbling, Weight Loss Surgeon 
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The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) designated St. Alexius Medical Center as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. Dr. Brandon Helbling and Dr. Gaylord Kavlie of Mid Dakota Clinic perform surgical weight loss procedures at this ASMBS-accredited center. Started in 2004, the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program recognizes facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. Earning the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation signifies St. Alexius Medical Center's ability to meet the standards of care for bariatric surgery patients.


St. Alexius Medical Center has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery® by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means this facility's overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.


Your initial consultation is free. For more information, contact the Bariatric Clinical Coordinator at 530-6330, toll-free 800-472-2113 ext. 6330 or send us an e-mail. We're here to help.

Considering bariatric surgery? Catch a glimpse of our Information Session. Had bariatric surgery? Attend our support group session.



Bariatric Surgery

Patient Testimonials
Frequently Asked Questions
Information Sessions
Bariatric Nutrition Program
Obesity & Body Mass Index
Eligibility & Insurance
Our Team
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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Sleeve Gastrectomy
Support Group