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Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric procedures, but all focus on making modifications to the digestive system with the goal of significant weight loss.

Weight loss surgery in Wichita, Kansas

The Bariatric Surgery Center of Wesley Woodlawn has helped numerous patients in Wichita lose weight and reduce the symptoms of obesity.

If you have been unsuccessful losing weight through traditional methods, our compassionate weight loss specialists can help you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Considering weight loss surgery?

If you think you might be a good candidate for bariatric surgery, our online assessment tool can help you find out if you qualify.

If you think you might be a good candidate for bariatric surgery, our online assessment tool can help you find out if you qualify.

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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.

Gastric bypass

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.

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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.

Learn more about gastric sleeve surgery 

Intragastric balloon

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.

Learn more about the intragastric balloon procedure 

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.

Pam's Weight Loss Journey - Intro

Pam has struggled with weight her entire life, but no found herself at a crossroads. Facing life-threatening medical issues, Pam chose bariatric surgery at Wesley Woodlawn.

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