GI Systems & Disorders

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.


Weight Management Programs

Medically Monitored. A Serious Solution

Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A., understands the impact and challenges that excess weight can have on your health.  For that reason, we have created three personalized weight management programs to fit the needs of all situations.  Whether you have 20 or 100 pounds to lose, one of our programs will fit your needs.  We have experienced positive outcomes with patients that have Fatty Liver Disease, Hepatitis C and GERD.  Weight loss has also been beneficial for patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. 

Once you've selected the best program for your situation, you may also want to consider the weight management financing option that is available.

A Program for You

Our programs offer you a variety of options to achieve your weight loss goals.  To get an idea of your body mass index refer to our BMI Chart.

Orbera® Gastric Balloon

The Orbera® Gastric Balloon program consists of:

  • 12 months
  • Medically monitored
  • BMI of 30 to 40
  • Two-part program
  • includes an online after care program
  • Age 18+

Optifast® Plan

The Optifast® Plan consists of:

  • 18 Weeks
  • Medically monitored
  • 40 or more pounds to lose and BMI >30
  • Highly structured
  • Stimuli narrowing
  • Age 18+

Healthwise® Plan

The Healthwise® Plan consists of:

  • 18 Weeks
  • Medically monitored
  • 20 or more pounds to lose and BMI >30
  • Flexible
  • Customized meal plans
  • Age 18+

Life Coaching

The Life Coaching consists of:

  • One on one coaching with Life Coach
  • Convenient
  • Phone or in person
  • Flexible
  • Focuses on behaviors and lifestyle modification
  • For patients with a BMI >25 or with any amount of weight to lose
  • Age 18+
  • Assistance looking into external weight loss programs


Following a maintenance plan after your program is over, is the key to long term success.  Our maintenance program will provide you with the on-going support you need to stay on track.

Registered Dietitian

As the need for these highly specialized services has grown, Minnesota Gastroenterology expanded its patient offerings with a Registered Dietitian who sees patients in all of our clinic locations. The goals of our Registered Dietitian and Life Coach are not only to improve patient weight management but to help with disease management and other special dietary and nutritional needs.  Use this link to access the Dietitian Appointment-New Patient Form and Food Journal pages.

Provider and Patient Videos

An Overview of the Weight Management Program

Health Concerns of Obesity

Understanding the Gastric Balloon procedure and plan

Bill's Story

Bonnie's Story

Lisa's Story


Reclaim your Health

For a free initial consultation, or to learn more about Minnesota Gastroenterology's Weight Management Programs, please contact us at (612) 870-5556.