The Bariatric Center of Kansas City, located in Lenexa, Kansas, is the leading center for weight loss surgery in the Midwest, and proudly one of the highest volume weight loss centers in the country with over 7,000 operations since we began in 2002. We were first in the region to receive designation as a Center of Excellence in 2006 by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and have been awarded recertification each year since. We’ve also been chosen as the preferred Bariatric Center for all the major insurance companies in the region because of our ongoing commitment to excellence. The Bariatric Center of Kansas City is also a national leader in revisional bariatric surgery, turning old operations into new, effective ones.
We have three highly trained Bariatric Surgeons who are available at all times, Dr. Stanely Hoehn, Dr. Brice Hamilton, and Dr. Robert Aragon. The surgeons at The Bariatric Center of Kansas City trained with Dr. Alan Wittgrove and Dr. Wesley Clark at the Alvarado Clinic in San Diego, surgeons who were innovators in the field of laparoscopic weight loss surgery.
Our surgeons perform surgical procedures in facilities at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, a nationally-accredited medical center. We also operate at Shawnee Mission Outpatient Pavilion at Prairie Star. We provide a comprehensive team approach, and have assembled dedicated experts at every position.
Gastric bypass (also known as “Roux-en-Y” or “the bypass”) is considered by many as the ‘gold standard’ of weight loss surgery. It can provide approximately 70-80% of excess weight lost within the first year after surgery. It is also a highly effective treatment for diabetes in obese individuals.
Laparoscopy allows this procedure to be performed with only a few small incisions in the abdomen, and has less of a chance of complications during and after surgery, also requiring shorter hospital stays and recovery periods than open procedures. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass causes weight loss by significantly restricting the amount of food you can eat, allowing less absorption of calories, and suppressing hunger and promoting the feeling of fullness.
The surgeons at The Bariatric Center of Kansas City have performed the most laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeries in the Midwest.
Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy (also known as “gastric sleeve” or “the sleeve”) is a procedure which removes approximately 75% of the stomach by dividing the stomach using special surgical staplers. The remaining part of the stomach is a tubular (‘sleeve-shaped”) stomach and is resistant to stretching. This drastically reduces the amount of food you are able to eat. Patients feel fuller with much less food, thereby consuming less calories. This procedure does not reroute or “bypass” any intestine.
Short term studies show that the sleeve is nearly as effective as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in terms of weight loss and improvement or remission of diabetes. Patients of the Bariatric Center of Kansas City typically lose about 60-70% of their excess weight and medical conditions associated with obesity such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are commonly resolved with significant weight loss.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (also known as “LapBand” or “the band”) is the least invasive method of weight loss surgery. It is an outpatient procedure which involves an inflatable band that is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch above the band. LapBand® surgery involves no cutting or stapling of the stomach. LapBand® surgery patients usually lose 50% of their excess weight in the first year after the surgery.
Office based adjustments are made to the tightness of the band depending on the degree of restriction a person feels and how well they are losing weight. The Bariatric Center of Kansas City uses office-based fluoroscopy to assist patients in maximizing the filling results of their gastric band adjustments.
If you are have struggled with obesity and its associated medical problems and are seeking the most effective way to lose weight long-term, then a bariatric surgery such as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or Lap-Band may be for you. If you have undergone a previous weight-loss surgery and have developed complications or weight regain, then revisional surgery may be for you.
The surgeons at KC Bariatric are highly experienced with primary and revisional bariatric surgery. We perform the highest volume of bariatric surgeries in the entire Midwest, and among the highest in the country.
If you would like to find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery please contact us to reserve your spot at one of our free informational seminars where you will personally meet Dr. Hoehn, Dr. Hamilton, and Dr. Aragon.