Obesity is one of the biggest health issues in the United States, including here in Kansas. Specialists at our St. Francis Campus are here for you in your journey toward a healthier life. We offer several approaches to weight loss help and management, including both surgical and non-surgical solutions. Our goal is to give you the tools and help you need to achieve health and wellness.
We offer bariatric surgery for some patients with severe obesity and who may struggle with weight loss. Additionally, our St. Francis Campus also features a medical weight loss program. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive nonsurgical and holistic approach to weight loss by utilizing a five-pillar program of nutrition, movement, self-awareness, medication and education. Our weight loss program also includes recreation therapy services to help you achieve your goals through the use of individualized assessments, planned activities and evaluations – all designed to treat the entire person – mind, body, and soul.
Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option to help people win the battle against obesity where diet, exercise, and other therapies have failed. If you have struggled to lose your weight and keep it off, we understand and are ready to introduce you to new options. Bariatric surgery is usually recommended for adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, though other health conditions are considered when deciding if weight loss surgery is right for you.
The first step to weight loss surgery is education. To decide whether weight loss surgery is right for you, you need to learn everything you can about each procedure that is available. We invite you to attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars at our St. Francis campus to learn about bariatric surgery in a safe, compassionate environment. Or, for added convenience we’ve created an online seminar to provide you with the information and education you need in the comfort of your own home.
Our goal is to make sure that you are completely equipped with the knowledge you need to understand the road ahead. We will help you choose the right procedure, navigate your insurance policy, prepare you for surgery, and support you through recovery.
Bariatric surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon alters the amount of food your stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of calories and nutrients, which results in dramatic weight loss. The most common types of bariatric surgery are gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS).
All bariatric procedures at our St. Francis campus are minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgeries.
Obesity is measured by calculating a person’s BMI. If a person’s BMI is greater than or equal to 35, or the person is at least 100 pounds overweight, he or she is considered obese. To qualify for bariatric surgery, a person must have a BMI of 40 or greater, or have a BMI of 35 with other serious health conditions developed as a result of obesity. Some of those conditions are type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiomyopathy, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
As part of our Medical Weight Loss program, you will receive tools and resources to achieve health and wellness. We know that there is more to losing weight than dieting alone. We provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to weight loss by utilizing a five-pillar program of nutrition, movement, self-awareness, medication and education. Our weight loss program also includes recreation therapy services to help you achieve your goals through the use of individualized assessments, planned activities and evaluations.
As a patient of our medical weight loss program, you’ll benefit from a team approach to wellness. Your team is made up of experienced providers, including dieticians and psychologists, all with the same goals: to make you the healthiest version of yourself, and to be with you every step of the way.