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Weight Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery)

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WVMC Weight Loss Surgery is a certified Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®)




Bariatric Surgery Coordinator: Kristi Amerson, RN
Direct Line
Email: kristi.amerson@capellahealth.com

Office Address:
254 NE Norton Lane
McMinnville, Oregon 97128

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch

Office Phone: 503-434-6060
Office Fax: 503-435-6463

Weight management is a very personal issue, requiring a customized solution. Dr. Guillermo Higa takes a one-on-one approach with each patient seeking a weight loss solution, ensuring every question is answered. He provides guidance, recommendations and surgical options based on your needs and lifestyle to determine the best minimally invasive weight-loss surgery option.

Dr. Higa  performs:

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery

When you visit our bariatric surgery office located in McMinnville Oregon, our friendly staff will be there to welcome you and make your visit as comfortable as possible. We always take the time to fully explain our treatment options, as well as what you can expect after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Higa is committed to raising health awareness in the greater Yamhill County area and educating patients about the weight loss surgery process, from start to finish.

If you are considering weight loss surgery, please take some time to read about our clinic at WVMC Weight Loss

Why I Chose the Orbera Balloon for MY Weight Loss Journey

Patient Testimonial by Heidi Henry

For the past two years I have been watching the Orbera Balloon FDA trial outcomes in the US. For years, I have tried exercise and special diets to lose weight, but its always been an up and down battle. Recently, I took a position as Executive Director for a NW Nonprofit; keeping me in more meetings and not moving as much. The weight continued to creep on until I hit my max and had the harsh reality of needing to lose 50 pounds. Not only for myself, but for my health and to feel better.

After the initial consultation with Dr. Higa and his very competent staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center Weight Loss and McMinnville Surgical Associates, I talked to my family. It was a unanimous  decision; I decided to take the leap.

Why the Orbera Balloon you might ask? Why not traditional weight loss surgery? A good portion of my interest in the balloon was that it was NON-SURGICAL and taken out in six months. Although I swim four days a week and lift weights twice a week, I just couldn’t get my metabolism going – well, that’s what happens at about 60 years of age. Or does it? Part of the program with the Orbera Balloon is that I have my very own dietitian that has taught me how and what to eat not just to lose weight but to keep my metabolism burning calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. THAT’S A WIN!

I don’t want to sugar coat anything , the first four days of the balloon were hard – some vomiting and nausea. However, in a few days I did learn to eat and stop before I felt full, and four small meals a day seemed to work.

Today, 8 weeks later, I have lost about 30 pounds. I know the next three months will be telling as to if I have been able to change my eating habits enough to keep food portions reasonable. My plan is to lose another 30 or so by the time the balloon comes out in November. Having the supportive team of Dr. Higa’s beside me through this journey has been invaluable. With their help, I know I’ll be successful!