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

  • April 17, 2022 03:07 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Emotional Eating

    Often times, no matter what stage of the weight loss journey you are in, you will be faced with emotional eating.  Having weight loss surgery unfortunately does not change the brain and emotional struggles patients faced before surgery.   Please know that emotional struggles are completely normal and will stabilize over time.  However, for those who find themselves battling feelings of hopelessness and frustration, additional professional help is both necessary and available. We want you to call our office as soon as possible so we can help you.

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  • April 12, 2022 03:03 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Measure Success without the Scale

    After weight loss surgery, you may find yourself frustrated with the scale.  You’re doing “everything right” yet the scale will not budge.  There are many reasons why that could be happening; it’s either a result of not truly implementing a healthy lifestyle or it happens after subsequent weeks of dramatic weight loss (See our article, Plateaus Happen). Toss the scale to the side and start measuring your success without a weight attached. 

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  • March 29, 2022 04:56 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Happy Trails to You

    With the warmer weather, many are looking to hit the trails for a workout! We have listed a few resources to help you locate wonderful trails right here in Kansas.

    Travel Kansas is a great resource when searching for parks and trails to explore. Here are a few helpful links picked out from their website: 

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  • March 22, 2022 08:29 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Spring Has Sprung

    One thing many of us enjoy in the warm months is gardening.  Now that we hopefully have had our last winter storm, we can look forward to springtime and all the opportunities of being outside and in our gardens.  While it may still be a tad too early to actually start planting, there are many things you can do in and around your garden now to get ready for planting.  Anything from weeding, hoeing, raking, bending, walking, shoveling, pruning or other yardwork is a great form of exercise.  Even if you don’t have a large garden and have room for only a small pot or t

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  • March 15, 2022 05:46 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: High Protein Breakfast Ideas

    As a weight loss surgery patient, eating a healthy, high protein breakfast is sure to help set the tone of your day.  Remember from a previous article we shared that it is good to set a goal of consuming 60-80 grams of protein every day after a RNY or sleeve procedure and 100 grams of protein every day after a BPD/DS procedure. 

    Here are some ideas we thought you would like to try:

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  • March 08, 2022 09:56 AM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Water Workouts

    There are many benefits of working out in the water – either by swimming or doing water aerobics.  Summer will be here before we know it so there will be plenty of opportunities to hop in the water outdoors!  While it is still cold outside, try to find an indoor pool. Listed below are just a few of the benefits of water workouts:     

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  • March 01, 2022 05:48 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Shopping for Clothes

    It’s exciting yet frustrating to open your closet and realize all of the clothes you have are now too big and no longer fit you well.  So how can you dress while still shedding weight after bariatric surgery and manage to not break the bank?  Below you will find some helpful tips to get you through the different stages of weight loss. 

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  • February 22, 2022 01:38 PM

    Tibit Tuesday: Tools for Success

    Whether you are gearing up for weight loss surgery or have already had it, there are many tools to help you along the way.  Below is a list of a few items that will help to make your new life easier. 

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  • February 15, 2022 05:47 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Food Swaps

    With limited space in our new stomachs, it is important that we are eating enough protein throughout the day as well as other healthy side options.  Below you will find some different ideas for food substitutions.  By swapping out some of your ingredients, you can help cut out extra calories. 

    Greek yogurt

    You can use this anywhere you would use mayonnaise, sour cream, regular yogurt, cream cheese, whipped cream and some butter. Greek yogurt is a perfect substitute and contains a lot of protein. 

    Spiraled veggies

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  • February 08, 2022 04:22 PM

    Tidbit Tuesday: Fats

    Fats that you eat hold both good and bad attributes. It is a macronutrient like carbohydrates and protein.  Too much saturated fat in your diet can raise your cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. However, unsaturated fat is good for lowering your cholesterol and helping your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. 

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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

● MBSAQIP Accredited – Comprehensive Center since 2007


Our Patients Share Their Non-Scale Victories!