Weight Loss Surgery

Saint Luke’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss

Obesity puts you at risk for more than 40 diseases and medical conditions, like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, orthopedic issues, and certain cancers. If diets and previous weight-loss efforts have failed you, you may be a candidate for the most effective treatment for obesity: weight-loss surgery.

Saint Luke’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss can help you lose your excess weight and keep it off for life. Our centers at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and Saint Luke's South Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, are accredited by the MBSAQIP. This distinction is earned by programs that provide superior surgical care and achieve top levels of performance.

We offer four types of laparoscopic weight-loss surgery: gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch. All four procedures are considered minimally invasive. Our surgeons perform the surgeries through small incisions in your abdomen by using laparoscopes. This speeds your recovery time and minimizes the risk of complications. Both before and after surgery, you’ll find Saint Luke’s uniquely equipped to offer a full range of support services, including diet, exercise, and emotional counseling.

The physicians and staff of Saint Luke’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss know you may be exploring many options before making this life-changing decision. We invite you to attend a free, no-obligation educational seminar. You’ll meet a bariatric surgeon, learn more about the four types of weight-loss surgery, and have a chance to ask questions before deciding whether surgery is the right answer. Seminars are offered at four of Saint Luke’s metro hospitals every month.


If you choose Saint Luke’s for your weight-loss surgery, expect an extensive treatment plan in advance of the procedure and a comprehensive support network following your surgery.

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Saint Luke’s Centers for Surgical Weight Loss in Kansas City and Overland Park bring together a variety of support services for people undergoing weight-loss surgery. The goal is to improve patient health, outcomes, and quality of life. The support continues long after surgery, helping patients keep their weight off for life. Our support services include:

Education

Patients are required to attend a free seminar before scheduling their in-office consult. The seminars allow patients to meet a bariatric surgeon, learn more about the four types of weight-loss surgery, and ask questions before deciding whether surgery is the right answer. Seminars are offered at four of Saint Luke’s metro hospitals every month and online. Reserve a spot by calling Saint Luke’s Concierge at 816-932-5100.

Attend a free seminar online or in-person.

Diet

You'll meet with a registered dietitian who specializes in the nutritional needs of bariatric patients. The dietitian, who is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, conducts pre- and post-operative nutritional evaluations and provides counseling designed specifically for bariatric patients.

Patients are coached on two key diet changes:

  • Hydration: Patients must drink a minimum of 64 ounces of non-carbonated, non-caffeinated drinks daily. Water is preferred.
  • Protein: Foods rich in protein are more satisfying and filling than carbs, and protein helps patients lose weight more rapidly and safely. Patients are reminded to focus on eating proteins before other types of food.

Exercise

An exercise physiologist customizes a program to meet the workout needs of each bariatric patient. You will have the opportunity to meet with the exercise physiologist multiple times before and after surgery.

Pre-operative exercise

This session includes an aerobic assessment to determine your current fitness level. Fitness level is highly correlated to morbidity and mortality and a low fitness level increases your risk of developing a myriad of diseases. Many patients choose to schedule monthly appointments to reassess their progress, which can be highly motivating.

Post-operative exercise

Six weeks to three months after surgery, you'll meet with the exercise physiologist to reassess your fitness level and your exercise training. These sessions will be directed toward teaching the fundamentals of resistance training, which is essential for maintaining muscle mass, strength, and bone density during and after major weight loss. You'll have the opportunity to schedule multiple sessions within the first year after surgery. These are not personal training sessions, rather, these sessions will teach you new life skills that can be used at home or at the gym.

Psychological support

A licensed psychologist conducts pre-operative screenings and post-operative consultations with each patient.

Peer support

A bariatric patient support group meets monthly, featuring speakers and topics of interest to weight-loss surgery patients. The group is led by a licensed medical professional. Search for an upcoming support group.

Insurance

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Patient policies

Paying for surgical weight loss

More insurance companies are covering bariatric weight loss procedures, but you should ask your insurance provider whether surgery for morbid obesity is covered. If your out-of-pocket costs are $5,000 or more, you’ll be required to pay 50 percent of the estimated out-of-pocket total before the procedure can be scheduled. Download our insurance worksheet (PDF), which will walk you through five easy questions to ask your insurance provider. Patients without insurance coverage are required to pay 100 percent of the cost of surgery upfront.

The costs for self-pay patients include gastric bypass, $25,000; gastric banding, $18,000; sleeve gastrectomy, $16,000. At this time, Saint Luke's does not offer a self-pay option for duodenal switch—this procedure requires insurance approval. Fees cover all pre-op lab work, surgery, anesthesia, hospital stay, post-op care for a certain period, and a re-insurance policy that covers potential complications.

Gastric Banding

The surgeon places an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, which holds less food and gives the feeling of fullness much sooner and for a longer period of time. This procedure requires no cutting, stapling, or stomach re-routing, and it's fully reversible.

Weight loss

The average gastric banding patient will lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week and may lose up to 50 percent of their excess weight.

Notes

Gastric banding is the only adjustable surgical treatment for morbid obesity in the United States. During surgery, doctors place an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach. To modify the size of the band, surgeons inject a fine needle through a port in the skin and add or remove saline solution. If you have the band removed, your stomach will generally return to its original form. Surgeons at Saint Luke’s use both the LAP-BAND® and Realize® band.

Risks

This surgery does have risks: 1 percent of bands slip; less than 1 percent cause erosion at the site; and 5 to 10 percent have problems with the port that allows the surgeon to adjust the size of the band.

Saint Luke’s surgeons perform almost all of their procedures laparoscopically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method requiring much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. This leads to less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications. 

Medical illustration of gastric banding

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller banana-shaped stomach with much smaller capacity. This procedure is irreversible.

Weight loss

Sleeve gastrectomy patients lose about 2 to 3 pounds per week and up to 55 percent of their excess weight.

Notes

Sleeve gastrectomy is an irreversible procedure where the surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach, leaving a smaller stomach with much smaller capacity. Weight loss is generally faster and more pronounced than gastric banding. Overeating can increase the size of the stomach over time.

Risks

The stomach can leak, narrow to further restrict its size, and cause hernias.

Saint Luke’s surgeons perform almost all of their procedures laparoscopically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method requiring much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. This leads to less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications.

Medical illustration of sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric Bypass

Using the Roux-en-Y technique, the surgeon re-routes and shortens the digestive system. Patients generally lose the most weight. This procedure is reversible.

Weight loss

Gastric bypass patients lose about 3 to 4 pounds per week, losing up to 70 percent of their excess weight. This rapid weight loss will taper off over time as you reach your optimal weight.

Notes

Often called the gold standard of weight-loss surgery, gastric bypass helps patients lose more weight than other procedures—and generally at a faster pace. Gastric bypass patients also generally keep their weight off longer. It is the most common weight-loss surgery, performed an estimated 140,000 times per year in the United States. During the procedure, surgeons reduce the size of the stomach—about the size of a football—to the size of an egg. The stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower "remnant" pouch. The upper pouch is then connected directly to the small intestine. The shorter route makes patients feel full faster and reduces the calories absorbed.

Risks

Patients can have respiratory problems, leaking, hernias, bowel obstructions, ulcers, intolerance to certain foods, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients must take special vitamins for the rest of their lives.

Saint Luke’s surgeons perform almost all of their procedures laparoscopically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method requiring much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. This leads to less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications.

Medical illustration of gastric bypass

Duodenal Switch

The surgeon removes a large portion of the stomach, leaving a smaller banana-shaped stomach with much smaller capacity. The small intestine is then divided, separating the digestive juices from food until late in the small intestine. This procedure is irreversible.

Weight loss

Duodenal switch patients will experience the fastest and most dramatic weight loss: up to 5 pounds per week and up to 85 percent of their excess weight. This rapid weight loss will taper off over time as you reach your optimal weight.

Notes

Duodenal switch is also known as DS, The Switch, or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. DS combines a sleeve gastrectomy with gastric bypass. It has the best weight loss and diabetes management success rates. Overeating can increase the size of the stomach over time.

Risks

Risks are similar to those of gastric bypass, including slightly increased malnutrition risk. The stomach can leak, narrow to further restrict its size, and cause hernias. Your surgeon will review all potential risks and complications.

Saint Luke’s surgeons perform almost all of their procedures laparoscopically. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method requiring much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. This leads to less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications.

Medical illustration of duodenal switch

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Michael R Arroyo, MD

Surgery (General), Bariatric Surgery

John M Price, MD

Bariatric Surgery, Surgery (General)

Geoffrey C Slayden, MD

Bariatric Surgery, Surgery (General)

G Brent Sorensen, MD

Surgery (General), Bariatric Surgery

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12330 Metcalf Ave Ste 500B
Overland Park, KS 66213 

Phone: 816-932-7900
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