Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is a widespread, serious and costly disease affecting over 90 million adults in the U.S. today. Caused by genetic, behavioral, societal or biological factors, obesity tends to have a negative effect on both physical and emotional health. The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus is dedicated to fighting the battle on obesity within our community. While proper diet and exercise are the best ways for losing weight, at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, we understand that this doesn’t always work for individuals with major weight problems. If you are having trouble losing weight through traditional diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be a safe option for you to successfully achieve long-term weight loss and regain your health.

Part of The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus, The University of Kansas Physicians Topeka – General, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery, is the most experienced bariatric program in the region, having performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries since 2002. We have been recognized and accredited as a Comprehensive Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) since 2007 and designated as a CIGNA Bariatric Center of Excellence. Our surgeons are all board-certified in general surgery and are fellows of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society from Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, specializing in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, robotic and nonsurgical options. In addition to having top surgeons, we provide a multidisciplinary team including a medical weight loss expert, dietitians, psychologists, nurses and other professionals with expertise in caring for patients before, during and after weight loss surgery.

Weight loss surgery is a huge commitment and we fully equip you with the knowledge you need to understand the road ahead and ensure the best outcome. We help you choose the right procedure, navigate your insurance policy, prepare you for surgery and support you through recovery. Our job doesn’t end once you’ve had weight loss surgery. We continue to provide long-term follow-up care, support groups and nutrition and exercise guidance to ensure you achieve your weight loss goals with lasting results.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery, commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, is a medical procedure designed for the treatment of obesity 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. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve or resolve many diseases and conditions associated with obesity including, but not limited to: diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis and back and joint pain.

Every individual is different and there is no “one size fits all” procedure. Our experienced specialists offer all of the most current, minimally invasive bariatric surgery options, providing guidance on the best fit for you to achieve optimal results.

  • Gastric banding
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)
  • Revisional bariatric surgery

It is important to note that, while bariatric surgery is proven to produce significant weight loss, it is only one tool and must be combined with a commitment to an overall change in lifestyle.

Is bariatric surgery right for you?

There are some minimal criteria you must meet depending upon your specific degree of obesity. These include:

  • You meet the Body Mass Index (BMI) requirements:
    • BMI of 40 or greater, or BMI of at least 35 plus a risk for serious health conditions as a result of obesity such as: type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, cardiomyopathy, polycystic ovary syndrome, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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  • You have attempted other methods of losing weight and have not been successful
  • You are committed to making the lifestyle changes necessary for long-term success
  • You must attend an informational seminar and consult with one of our bariatric surgeons

Will insurance cover your surgery?

Insurance coverage varies greatly depending by plan and employer. Please contact your insurance provider and ask about the terms of your coverage. If you have additional questions, our coordinators are happy to discuss your specific case with you at 785-232-0444.

Making the decision – first steps

Weight loss surgery is a major decision and it is important you have all the resources to determine if surgery is right for you. The first step to joining our bariatric surgery program is to attend one of our free weight loss surgery seminars at The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus to learn about bariatric surgery in a safe, compassionate environment. This seminar gives you the opportunity to:

  • Find out more about treatment options and surgical procedures
  • Ask a bariatric surgeon questions
  • Meet some of the support staff
  • Hear testimonials from previous patients

Sign up for a free seminar today!

Live Seminars

If you are unable to attend a session, we have created an online seminar to provide you with the information and education you need from the comfort of your own home.

Online Seminar

Following your attendance of one of our seminars, a member of our support staff will contact you to review insurance coverage and schedule your first consultation. At the first consultation, you will meet with your surgeon as well as meet with one of our bariatric coordinators who will assist you through the entire process.

After surgery

Surgery is just the first step in your journey and just one tool we provide to help you reach long-term weight loss success. In order to help you achieve optimal results, we also provide the following support:

  • Regular follow-up appointments to track your success and address any problems or concerns
  • Nutrition education
  • Exercise education and wellness classes
  • Support groups

Service Providers

Bernita M. Berntsen, MD

Bernita M. Berntsen, MD
Surgery, General

Carlyle M. Dunshee, MD

Carlyle M. Dunshee, MD
Surgery, Vascular, Surgery, General

James J. Hamilton, MD

James J. Hamilton, MD
Surgery, General

Sidney Y. Hu, MD

Sidney Y. Hu, MD
Surgery, General

Jennifer D. McAllaster, MD

Jennifer D. McAllaster, MD
Surgery, General

Amber Hart, APRN

Amber Hart, APRN
Bariatric Nurse Practitioner

Service Staff

Rachelle Garland, BSN, RN
Bariatric Nurse
Email
(785) 228-4761

Brenda Holliday-Stanton
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Email
(785) 228-4773

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785-232-0444


Location:
Tailgrass Medical Building
6001 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 220
Topeka, KS 66615

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


To learn more, attend one of our free seminars.

Live Seminars

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Recognitions and Accreditations

● Designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by CIGNA

● Recognized and accredited as a Comprehensive Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) since 2007


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