Shawnee Mission Health Bariatric Surgery
Many individuals believe their chances of ever leading a healthier, more active lifestyle are gone when diet and exercise programs haven't been successful in helping them achieve weight loss. However, Shawnee Mission Health's Bariatric Surgery Program assists patients who are 100 pounds or more overweight in losing those dangerous — and sometimes life-threatening — extra pounds.
If you are interested in learning more about bariatric surgery, please register for a complimentary informational seminar.
About Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, can provide successful, permanent weight reduction. Bariatric surgery, along with doctor recommended lifestyle changes, can help patients achieve the health goals important to them. Not only does bariatric surgery help patients achieve a more active lifestyle, it oftentimes provides improvement or resolution of a variety of illnesses associated with obesity — including diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, joint discomfort and more.
There are three types of weight-loss surgery performed at Shawnee Mission Health:
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Widely viewed as the most effective means of long-term weight loss, gastric bypass surgery involves bypassing an area of the small intestine in addition to stapling a portion of the stomach. The surgery causes you to eat less and absorb fewer calories, resulting in an average loss of 70–80 percent of excess body weight in 12–18 months. Gastric bypass typically requires a 24-hour hospital stay and 2-week recovery period.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Also known as gastric sleeve surgery, sleeve gastrectomy achieves weight loss through restriction only—no intestinal bypassing is done. Instead, a staple divides the stomach, and approximately 75 percent of the stomach is then removed. Patients can expect to achieve similar results to gastric bypass patients, just over a longer period of time (18–24 months). Gastric sleeve typically requires a 24-hour hospital stay and a 1-week recovery period.
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic Gastric Banding Gastric banding (commonly known as “lap band surgery”) involves placing a silastic band around the upper portion of the stomach, forming a gastric pouch that causes a feeling of fullness with smaller portions of food. To ensure proper weight loss, patients will need a number of in-office adjustments over one to two years. Popular for its minimal recovery period, gastric banding averages 50–60 percent excess weight loss over a period of two to three years.
Learn more about each type of surgery here
All three weight loss surgeries limit the amount of food you can eat at one time, and Gastric Bypass surgery also reduces your body's ability to absorb some of the nutrients and calories consumed. You and your physician will decide together which surgery is most appropriate for you.
Shawnee Mission Health's (SMH) dedicated team of bariatric surgery professionals work each day to ensure patients receive the most comprehensive, compassionate care possible. Having received designation as an Accredited Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a national quality program of the American College of Surgeons, our program consistently meets or exceeds national benchmarks in the field of bariatric surgery.
Aetna has awarded SMH and Shawnee Mission Prairie Star Surgery Center for designation as Institutes of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facilities. Hospitals receiving this designation must meet specific criteria for clinical performance and overall value of the facility.
SMH and the Prairie Star Surgery Center will now be listed on DocFind®, Aetna’s online provider directory. Aetna is a national health insurance and related benefits provider. Reviews of designations are performed by Aetna every two years.
In addition, CIGNA has awarded SMMC designation as a CIGNA 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center.