Advanced weight loss surgery options from board-certified bariatric experts right in your community.
Obesity is one of our most pressing health issues, impacting more than 72 million Americans. Those who struggle with obesity understand it’s much more than a simple weight issue. Obesity leads to serious chronic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and liver disease, among other conditions, and has tremendous impact on quality of life.
HCA Midwest Health offers a team of weight loss doctors – board-certified, fellowship-trained and experienced surgeons – committed to helping those impacted by obesity lose the weight they need and get on a path to better health.
Specially trained and highly skilled in the latest bariatric surgery options, our physicians believe in a comprehensive approach to weight loss. They understand that surgery is just one step in the journey and work with other professionals in HCA Midwest Health’s weight loss programs to offer the resources, tools and support to help patients who undergo bariatric procedures sustain their weight loss.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
If you meet certain requirements and have had trouble losing weight, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery or a non-surgical weight loss procedure. Find out now by taking our free online bariatric surgery assessment.
Bariatric centers in Kansas City
HCA Midwest Health bariatric doctors work with patients in practices located across the metro area. They perform advanced surgeries at three of our Kansas City area hospital locations:
- The Center for Weight Loss & Bariatrics at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo.
- Menorah Medical Center’s Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program in Leawood, Kan.
- Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s Bariatric Program in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Within each of these centers, our surgeons work closely with teams of weight loss experts – physicians, therapists, nutritionists and others, providing a comprehensive treatment approach.
Weight loss surgical expertise in Kansas City
Our bariatric doctors leverage the latest in surgical techniques including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures which use smaller incisions and generally offer faster recovery times.
- Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch – Most commonly used for people with BMI of 50 or higher who have been unable to lose weight any other way, the procedure alters normal digestion by making the stomach much smaller, and allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine. After the surgery, a person absorbs fewer calories, carbohydrates and fats, thus losing weight.
- Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding – During the procedure, a small band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pouch that holds food. This limits how much you can eat, while making you feel full.
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass –The procedure uses a small part of the stomach to create a new stomach pouch which bypasses part of the small intestine. This will cause you to feel fuller more quickly and avoid eating a large amount of food at a single time.
- Revision Surgical procedures – Patients who have undergone an unsuccessful bariatric surgery in the past may be candidates for a bariatric revision such as gastric sleeve revision or gastric bypass revision.
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – A laparoscopic procedure in which a large portion of the stomach is removed. The smaller stomach limits how much food you can eat at once and makes you feel fuller after small meals.
- Non-Surgical Weight Gastric Balloon– With this temporary two-part weight loss system, the surgeon places a soft gastric balloon in the stomach to limit the mount of food you can comfortably eat at one time. An accompanying one-year coaching program helps participants maintain a healthier lifestyle.
- Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty – a new non-surgical weight loss procedure in which an endoscope is guided through the mouth, down the throat and into your stomach. The surgeon places approximately 12 stitches from the top of your stomach to the bottom, creating a tube shape, while leaving the stomach intact. This procedure can reduce the stomach’s capacity by up to 80%.
What is a bariatric surgeon?
A bariatric surgeon is a general surgeon who has specialized training in weight loss surgical procedures such as gastric bypass, gastric band or others.