Weight loss surgery options in Wichita, Kansas
The Bariatric Surgery Center of Wesley Woodlawn has helped numerous patients in Wichita lose weight and reduce the symptoms of obesity.
For more information about weight loss surgery, please call (316) 858-8921.
Our weight loss surgery program in Wichita, Kansas, is for patients who are morbidly obese—100 pounds or more overweight. Obesity often leads to health complications, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or joint pain. However, surgical weight loss has been shown to significantly improve, control or even alleviate these conditions.
Bariatric surgical options
Our bariatric surgeons and medical weight loss team are with you throughout your journey to better health. Many of our bariatric surgeries are minimally invasive, meaning you experience less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.
Your bariatric surgeon will help you determine which surgery option may be right for you.
During gastric bypass surgery, a portion of the intestine is rerouted to create a small stomach pouch that empties directly into the lower portion of the intestine. This approach essentially bypasses calorie absorption.
Both the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health consider gastric bypass the “gold standard” of weight loss surgery. Studies show that many patients lose 85 to 100 percent of excess weight and keep it off after gastric bypass surgery.
Adjustable gastric band
The gastric band is an adjustable band placed around the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. Your doctor can adjust the band, and the smaller stomach area slows digestion, which allows you to feel full with less food. The surgery is performed through a small incision, and the band is removable.
Endoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
During a sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, a surgeon creates a small, sleeve-shaped stomach to reduce the size of the stomach by about 85 percent. The sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food you can eat, so you feel full faster, and it allows for normal food absorption and digestion. This endoscopic procedure is performed through a small incision.
In this weight loss surgery, a deflated balloon is inserted into the stomach through the mouth. It is then filled with saline, which enlarges the balloon, so it takes up stomach space. The balloon is removed after six months, and patients undergo another six months of medical monitoring and nutritional therapy. Both the insertion and removal of the balloon take place in an outpatient setting.
Candidates for bariatric surgery
Because patients must commit to lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery, not every patient qualifies for the program.
Find out if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.