Weight Loss Surgery

The most experienced weight loss surgery team in the region

• More than 3,000 bariatric surgeries performed since opening in 2002

• Recognized as a MBSAQIP Accredited - Comprehensive Center since 2007 

• Recognized as a CIGNA Bariatric Center of Excellence

• Our team of physicians, experts and our bariatric community support and guide you every step of the way

Information

While proper diet and exercise are the best ways for losing weight, 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 regain your health.

The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus has the most experienced bariatric program in the region, having performed more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries since 2002. Our surgeons are 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, 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 after 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 (weight loss) 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.

  • 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 on 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 view our free online weight loss surgery seminar to learn about surgery in a safe, compassionate environment. Our online seminar is presented by our bariatric surgeons and provides you with information and education about treatment options and surgical procedures from the comfort and safety of your own home. View the free seminar today!

Online Seminar

Once you have viewed the online seminar, you will be prompted to take a quiz about what you have learned. Following completion of the quiz, a member of our support staff will be in contact with 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

 

Virtual support group

Research has shown that patients who attend support groups regularly are more successful in their weight loss goals after surgery. We offer a free online bariatric support group to anyone who has had weight loss surgery or is in the process of having surgery. The group provides education and encouragement through social interaction, guided discussion and guest speakers to help individuals in their weight loss surgery journey and all from the comfort from your home. Family or support persons are welcome to attend as well.

To learn more about our virtual support groups, click here.

 

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Looking for a doctor? Our experts are here to help you find a physician. Call us toll-free at 1-833-4NEWDOC (1-833-463-9362). 

Meet Our Providers

Service Providers

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
Surgery, General

Joel C. VanderVelde, MD
Surgery, General

Amber Hart, APRN
Surgery, General

Allison Rendel, APRN
Surgery, General

Post-Surgery Resources

Blogs

  • January 19, 2022 01:07 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Plateaus Happen

    Plateaus occur when you stay at a stable weight and are not losing anything for a period of time.  As frustrating as plateaus are, they will happen at some point.  Plateaus are either a result of not implementing a healthy lifestyle or it happens after subsequent weeks of dramatic weight loss.  Wherever you are in your journey, don’t become disillusioned with your weight loss tool.  It does work.  Some things to try when you find yourself in a rut:

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  • January 11, 2022 10:57 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Long-term Follow-up

    An important aspect of bariatric surgery is continued postoperative follow-up. By staying in contact with our office, we can help keep you healthy and minimize complications.

    Bariatric patients need to be followed closely after surgery for the following reasons:

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  • January 04, 2022 02:57 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Supplements

    Weight loss surgery is about improving your health and a big part of improving your health is getting proper nutrition.  It is hard for anyone to get good nutrition with a normal digestive system and after bariatric surgery, it becomes even more difficult.  Because of the surgical changes, your body cannot extract all the nutrients it needs from your meals and therefore, you must take daily supplements for the rest of your life.  Supplements are of upmost importance because deficiencies can impact blood, bone, muscle and neurological health. 

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  • December 29, 2021 02:49 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: New Year's Weight Loss Goals

    One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight.

    If you are just beginning your journey, have had a weight loss stall or you are finding some weight creeping back on, now is a great time to set new, achievable goals for yourself.

     Some examples of very important daily goals should include, but are not limited to:    

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  • December 14, 2021 10:35 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: The Honeymoon Period

    The honeymoon period is considered the first 18 months following weight loss surgery when you will find your weight dropping off quickly and, at times, it seems to do so without much hard work.  Take advantage of this time to learn your limits and reestablish your relationship with food.  This is your time to lose as much weight as you can and to achieve your lowest weight.  Being a smaller, healthier you will not change any past struggles.  If you are an emotional eater, you will need to monitor your weight to see if you are gaining during challenging times.  Appet

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  • December 06, 2021 03:42 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Carbohydrates

    Are carbohydrates after weight loss surgery bad? NO! Not all carbohydrates are bad and they are one of the six essential nutrients that make up our diets.  Despite their bad reputation, carbs are necessary for survival and are your body’s main source of energy.  They fuel your kidneys, heart muscles, brain and central nervous system.

    Healthy carbs are things that contain protein (beans, lentils, peas, milk and yogurt) or fiber (beans, whole grains and whole fruits).   

    There are 2 types of carbohydrates: 

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  • November 29, 2021 03:58 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Exercise

    Exercise maximizes weight loss and helps maintain a healthy body.  After surgery you need not only good nutrition but also regular activity.  Plan to build exercise into your daily schedule. Here are some ways you can add in exercise:

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  • November 23, 2021 10:04 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Tips for Holiday Eating

    The holidays are fast approaching and most of us will find ourselves tempted with all the food that is involved.  Here are some tips to help keep you on track this holiday season:

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  • November 16, 2021 08:58 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Protein Intake after Bariatric Surgery

    Protein is the building block of muscles and a fundamental aspect of any healthy diet. After weight loss surgery, protein becomes even more important.  It is good to set a goal of consuming 60 to 80 grams of protein every day after a RNY or sleeve procedure and 100 grams of protein every day after a BPD/DS procedure. 

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  • November 08, 2021 10:49 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Fluid Intake After Bariatric Surgery

    Keep track of your fluid intake throughout the day.  You need to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of fluid each day.  It may be easier for you to accomplish this if you use a smaller (i.e. 4 ounce) cup. Because of your smaller stomach, you will no longer be able to guzzle. Just sip. If you are having problems taking in 64 ounces of fluid each day and/or you have persistent nausea and/or vomiting, please call our office at 785-232-0444 so we may assess your hydration status.

    Benefits of drinking water:

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Service Providers

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
Surgery, General

Joel C. VanderVelde, MD
Surgery, General

Amber Hart, APRN
Surgery, General

Allison Rendel, APRN
Surgery, General

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call:
785-232-0444

or email us at: 

bariatricstaff@kutopeka.com


Location:
Tallgrass Building
6001 SW 6th Ave., Suite 220
Topeka, KS 66615

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


To learn more, view our free online seminar.

Online Seminar


Recognitions and Accreditations

● Designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by CIGNA

● MBSAQIP Accredited – Comprehensive Center since 2007


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