Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery can restore your health and quality of life.  If you are in search of the best bariatric surgeons in Western Montana, Dr. Pickhardt and Dr. Swannack are experts in the most effective weight loss procedures. We have treated over 1,000 patients and offer the widest range of minimally-invasive therapies in the state.  Now is the time to turn your loss into your big win!



Bariatric surgery is a procedure that changes your digestive system in order to reduce the amount you can eat.  There are different types of bariatric surgery available today, which allows us to customize your procedure to your specific needs.  In addition to undergoing the surgery, patients must be ready to adhere to dietary and lifestyle changes after the procedure to ensure long-term success.



Dr. Pickhardt and Dr. Swannack offer two different options in bariatric surgery:


Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

This procedure reduces the size of your stomach so your food intake becomes smaller.  The procedure staples off a portion of your stomach, leaving a small pouch attached directly to the small intestine.  This technique provides the additional benefit of reducing the amount of fat and calories your body absorbs from the food you eat, promoting even faster weight loss.


Gastric bypass can be performed laparoscopically, which means smaller incisions, less pain and shorter recovery times for our patients.  After surgery, you will be given specific dietary instructions to ensure your digestive system heals fully.


Gastric Sleeve

This procedure removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving a banana-shaped area that attaches the esophagus to the small intestine.  The remaining stomach is referred to as a “sleeve” and restricts the number of calories you can consume.  This surgical technique has the advantage of not rearranging the digestive system in any way, reducing the risk of complications after surgery.


If you are considering bariatric surgery, the experienced surgeons at Missoula Surgical Associates can help.  To learn more about your options, contact our team today at 406.542.7525, or call the Bariatric department directly at 406.329.5866.

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