Wesley Healthcare December 14, 2015

WICHITA – For those struggling with excessive weight, many everyday activities – from playing with grandchildren to recreational activities – are out of reach. But that population now has new hope with the opening of the Wesley Woodlawn Bariatric Surgery Center at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER. The new service is the latest offering at Wesley Woodlawn, which has established itself as a leading destination for surgical services.


“We have a world-class surgical weight-loss program that includes experienced bariatric surgeons, a program coordinator, a dietician and a dedicated nursing staff all in a convenient, private and state-of-the-art facility,” said Amanda Page, bariatric surgery center program coordinator.


Studies show bariatric surgery significantly improves the quality of life for many patients through the resolution or improvement of health issues related to excess weight such as diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain, endocrine problems and fatigue.


The new program is overseen by medical director and bariatric surgeon Dr. Nick Brown, MD. Dr. Brown currently performs surgeries at Wesley Woodlawn as a member of Wichita Surgical Specialists. He is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. Surgeries will also be performed by Wichita Surgical Specialists surgeons Drs. Jeremy Howes and Brent Lancaster. All are board-certified surgeons by the American College of Surgeons.


“My dedication to bariatric surgery is based on my knowledge that morbid obesity is a life-altering and often devastating health condition that so many in our community face,” he said. “It’s important for me to contribute to improving the health and well-being of individuals right here in my home state of Kansas.”


Prospective patients can learn more about the program by attending a free seminar, either in person at the hospital or online at www.wesleybariatric.com.


Wesley Woodlawn’s bariatric surgery program offers three minimally invasive options for surgical weight loss – gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding.


The Wesley Woodlawn facility is ideal for bariatric surgery, offering door-side parking with all facility amenities located on one floor, said Steve Edgar, the hospital’s CEO. “Our genuine care and compassion for patients is reflected in our commitment to improving the health and quality of life for patients through this program,” he said.


The surgical suites at Wesley Woodlawn feature the latest state-of-the-art technology and equipment, including operating rooms set up for the unique needs of minimally invasive procedures. All post-operative rooms are fitted with specialized equipment for the needs of bariatric patients.


Page will help patients navigate their surgical weight loss journey from their initial consults through follow-up care and ongoing support groups. That includes facilitating patient education, leading program activities, overseeing daily operations and managing patient interactions and coordination between surgeons and staff.


“I passionately believe that education and support throughout the process are the keys to success on the weight-loss journey,” Page said. “That’s why I use a hands-on approach, and I’m involved in every step of preoperative education, the hospital stay, discharge phone calls and connecting patients to support groups. I never want a patient to feel alone in this process.”


Surgical weight loss is the latest new service to be offered at Wesley Woodlawn, formerly known as Galichia Heart Hospital. The facility has recently expanded its cardiac and emergency services to include imaging, robotic surgery and geriatric services, among others. Learn more at www.wesleymc.com.


Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912.  As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region.  Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER.  Wesley owns and operates Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.