Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin  - 1501 Madison Street

Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin - 1501 Madison Street

  • Primary Care/Clinic
  • Specialty Care


1501 South Madison St
Appleton,  WI  54915





Weight Management - Bariatrics

At the Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin - 1501 Madison Street, we can help you with your weight-loss journey.


Our bariatric surgeon and weight management care teams know how difficult it can be to lose weight. At Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin - 1501 Madison Street in Appleton, Wisconsin, we take the time to get to know you. We listen to understand your health concerns. Then, we create a personalized weight-loss plan that’s right for you. From diet and exercise to surgery and recovery, we’re here with you every step of the way.

Your weight-loss journey starts with viewing a weight-loss seminar video. Our seminars help you learn about your weight-loss options, what to expect, how to modify your lifestyle and more. Weight-loss seminars are available at no charge to you.

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Weight-loss programs and procedures

At Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin- 1501 Madison Street in Appleton, Wisconsin, we offer many weight-loss services, including:

  • Medically supervised weight management
  • Medical nutrition therapy, counseling and support
  • Gastric bypass
  • Gastric band adjustments, conversions and care
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Complex revisional bariatric surgery
  • Bariatric surgery support and education

When you choose Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin  - 1501 Madison Street for your weight-loss program, you are choosing to get personalized care in a supportive environment. Your surgery will be done at Ascension NE Wisconsin - St. Elizabeth Campus. Our team of weight-loss doctors, bariatric surgeons, dieticians and weight-loss specialists work together with one goal in mind - to help you live a healthier and happier life.

Excellence in Quality

MBSAQIP Seal.Our bariatric program in Appleton has received the Comprehensive Center with Obesity Medicine Qualifications accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The American College of Surgeons (ACS).

With this designation, we’ve been recognized for demonstrating an uncompromising commitment to quality that has earned the confidence, respect, and trust of patients making a lifetime commitment to healthier living.

Weight-loss before and after surgery

You will have a network of support before, during and after your weight-loss surgery. During your journey, you’ll have follow-up visits with your doctor and care team at a location near you. At Ascension in Wisconsin, we also offer bariatric support groups, exercise and fitness programs that fit your capabilities and weight-loss counseling. Your success is important to us.

Meet our bariatric care team

Bariatric care teams at Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin  - 1501 Madison Street in Appleton, Wisconsin, are here to help. We listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work together to create a weight-loss plan that is right for you. Our care team include non-surgical weight-loss bariatricians, bariatric surgeons, patient navigators, dietitians, physical therapists, and behavioral health specialists. We provide you with the tools and support you need on your weight-loss journey. Let us help you get back to doing the things you love.

Our bariatric surgeon

Our non-surgical weight-loss bariatricians:

Insurance coverage

Your health insurance paves the way for your weight-loss journey. Bariatric surgery is an elective procedure, so it is important you understand what is and is not covered by your insurance plan. Our insurance coordinator can help explain your pre-approval requirements and submit you for coverage. Most insurance plans require you to participate in a weight-loss trial under a doctor’s supervision. They may also request documents that show that your weight has been a long-term health issue.

Before working with our insurance coordinator, we highly recommend contacting your insurance provider to verify your bariatric surgery coverage and any plan limitations. Here are some common questions you can ask:

  • Is bariatric surgery covered on my insurance plan or is it an exclusion?
  • What requirements do I need to meet to qualify for surgery?
  • What is my deductible? What are my out of pocket costs? Is my deductible applied to my out of pocket?
  • What CPT codes are covered by my insurance for bariatric weight-loss surgery?
  • What type of weight-loss documentation do I need to qualify for surgery?
  • Do I need a pre-surgery psychiatric evaluation? Is this covered?

Frequently asked questions

What procedures are performed at the Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin- 1501 Madison Street - Bariatric Program?

Our surgeon specializes in medically supervised weight management, medical nutrition therapy, counseling and support, gastric bypass, gastric band adjustments, conversions and care, sleeve gastrectomy, complex revisional bariatric surgery, bariatric surgery support and education.

How do I get started with a weight-loss program at the Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin - 1501 Madison Street?

You can get started by viewing our free seminar. Our seminar will give you a better understanding of your options. If you are ready to move forward with weight-loss surgery, view our free weight-loss seminar.

What is a laparoscopic procedure?

Laparoscopic surgery involves small incisions. This makes it a less invasive procedure. It limits certain complications such as wound infections and hernias. It can also shorten the hospital stay and get you back to your usual activities faster.

Who qualifies for weight-loss surgery?

The National Institutes of Health set criteria to determine who will qualify for weight-loss surgery. Patients with a BMI greater than 40 qualify for surgery, and patients with a BMI from 35-39.9 with weight-related health conditions may also qualify for surgery. Patients also have had to try losing weight by other methods before pursuing surgery.

Is bariatric surgery a covered benefit under my current health care insurance plan?

Many insurance companies cover weight-loss surgery, but insurance coverage depends on your insurance plan. We highly recommend contacting your insurance provider to verify your bariatric surgery coverage and any plan limitations.

Are there things that I will need to do before my surgery?

Yes. When you come into your consultation, you will meet with one of our surgeons, registered dietitian, and program coordinator. Your program coordinator will let you know what you need before surgery. You will have to complete a psychological evaluation and a medical clearance from your primary care doctor.

Can someone come with me to my appointments?

Absolutely. We encourage you to bring a support person with you to any and all of your appointments. Surgery is a lifestyle change so having a support person to help you through the process is very helpful.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Patients spend an average of one to two days in the hospital following bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will decide when you are ready to leave the hospital based on your progress.

How long will I be off work post-surgery?

Your recovery period post-surgery will vary on the type of surgery and type of work duties you perform. This will be determined with your care team during the pre-surgical preparation process.

Will I have a lot of pain/discomfort?

Post-surgical pain is to be expected but will be significantly less with our minimally invasive surgical techniques. Our care teams will individualize your pain management based on your post-surgical needs. You may be prescribed medication to help manage your pain.

Do I have to exercise right after surgery?

You will meet with a physical therapist before surgery to design an exercise program that is right for you. Your surgeon will determine when it is right for you to start your exercise program.

Do I have to follow a special diet after surgery? Will I be able to eat the same way I do now?

You will meet with a specially trained registered dietician during your consultation and attend an education class prior to surgery. Your registered dietician will guide you through the special diets required before and after bariatric surgery.

Will I have hunger pains?

Every person’s journey is different. We will provide you with tools, resources and education to help make sure that your journey is comfortable and successful.

Will I have to take vitamins?

All procedures require some vitamin supplementation. Our team will help customize your vitamin regimen to meet your special needs.

Will the weight-loss from my bariatric surgery last?

No matter which procedure a person chooses, each of them requires a lifestyle change in order to be successful. This includes following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, following-up regularly with a physician, and attending support group meetings. Typically, a person’s success is directly related to their commitment to the post-surgical program and recommendations. The surgical process is only part of the overall equation. It is the long-term lifestyle changes that keep patients at a healthy weight. We have a dedicated team to help you stay committed to your new lifestyle.