“What I like most about bariatric surgery is how much healthier patients can be as a result of it.”
Surgery in general has always interested
Dr. Julio Bird IV, he said, because it allows
for medical problems to be resolved
quickly. Bariatric surgery for overweight
people goes that one better.
“They can often be taken off some of their
medications and they just feel better all
around,” he noted. “Bariatric surgery can
often extend their life span.” It isn’t for
everyone, however, because it does require
a commitment to a major change in lifestyle.
Patients must go through an approval process
that includes a psychological profile.
Dr. Bird is a native of La Crosse, where his
parents still live. He heard often about the
quality of Marshfield Clinic.
He earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. He completed a general surgery residency at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse. He most recently completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center/Minnesota Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Crosby, Minnesota.
He enjoys golf, mountain biking and spending time with his family. He and
his wife, Heidi, a registered nurse, have three children.