• Surgical Weight Loss

Weight loss surgery—also known as bariatric surgery—makes surgical changes to your stomach and/or digestive system. These changes limit how much food you can eat and how many nutrients you absorb, leading to weight loss.

By making these changes, weight loss surgery may also reset your body’s “set point,” or weight regulation system, by affecting hormonal signals, resulting in decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism, and healthier food preferences.

Learn more about your body's "set point" here.


Obesity is a treatable disease

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery defines obesity as a disease in which fat has accumulated to the extent that health is impaired.

Obesity can lead to many health-related issues. It is a major cause of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems.The good news is that obesity can be treated. If you are having a hard time losing weight and keeping it off, you may need more than diet and exercise. 

RAMC's Bariatrics team offers these 3 types of surgical weight loss. 

Read more here — Treating Obesity: What are my options?

We also offer non-surgical/medical weight loss options — Gastric balloon. More information coming soon.


The Bariatrics Team

Dr. Sarah Pergande specializes in general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, bariatrics and cosmetic body contouring.


From top left: 

Sara Formankiewicz, PA-C is the physician assistant to Dr. Pergande and will be with each patient during their surgical weight loss journey.

Leanne Lutz, RN, surgery.

Valerie Seep, RDN, registered dietitian nutritionist

Jason Noble, BS, CSCS, USAW, health and fitness coordinator.


The Surgery Weight Loss Journey at RAMC

Do your research
Learn about eligibility and approval

You will need to contact your health insurance company to determine if they cover bariatric surgery. Be sure to get that coverage in writing. 

Call RAMC's Specialty Group to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pergande. 608-768-3900

You'll discuss your weight loss options, procedures, nutrition, vitamins and supplements, and get your questions answered. 

To expedite your registration process, we ask that you review and complete the following:
We are also pleased to offer the following services:
  • Nutrition Classes
    These classes are part of a one year program. Due to limited seating, we ask one support person per patient. More details provided by the office.
  • Vitamins & Supplements
    Available to you through RAMC Community Pharmacy and RAMC Viking Pharmacy. Samples can also be provided.

Additional Forms for New Patients

Nutritional Eval

Sleep Apnea Questionnaire


Call RAMC's Specialty Group to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pergande. 608-768-3900

You'll discuss your weight loss options, procedures, nutrition, vitamins and supplements, and get your questions answered. 


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