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Surgical weight loss

If you are 100 or more pounds overweight and want to lose weight, or if you have life-threatening problems associated with obesity such as sleep apnea, hypertension, heart disease or diabetes, you might want to consider weight loss surgery, known in the medical field as bariatric surgery. Our bariatric surgeons are the most experienced in the region and offer the "gold standard" Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric banding (LAP-BAND®) and gastric sleeve surgical techniques at Ascension Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita.

What sets us apart from all others?

Ascension Via Christi Weight Management is Wichita's first -- and to date, only -- program to earn Bariatric Surgery accreditation from the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The Ascension Via Christi Weight Management team approach offers the best care in helping you lose weight. 

The data bears out to the excellence of our program. We know that the decision to have bariatric surgery is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make because life after surgery will be radically different from what it is today. Our goal is to help our patients step through the process of making their decision. We want to make sure that they understand how their day-to-day life will be different and we support them as they move through the process.

Our comprehensive screening and education is what sets our surgical weight management program apart from others around the country.

Before surgery, our surgeons and a team of medical and psychological experts fully screen patients and prepare them for surgery.

Patients attend an excellent pre-op education program which fully informs them about their surgical procedure and what their lifestyle will be like after surgery.

After surgery our surgeons offer our patients quality long-term follow up care.

After surgery our patients join post-operative education classes and support groups.

Our team is made up of bariatric surgeons, Ascension Via Christi Weight Management medical director, advance practice nurse and registered nurses, clinical dietitian, and health educators. As a team we offer a comprehensive service of the highest quality to assure our patients’ potential for long term success in managing their weight and their health.

What to expect from our free bariatric surgery seminar

Ascension Via Christi Weight Management will present your bariatric surgery options to you in a classroom setting. We'll cover stomach surgery procedure costs and insurance coverage as well as what to expect from our pre-op and post-op programs. You'll get to know more about our bariatric surgeons as well as our bariatric nurses and health educators.

We know that the decision to have bariatric surgery is one of the most important decisions an individual will ever make because life after surgery will be radically different from what it is today. Our goal is to help our patients step through the process of making their decision. We want to make sure that they understand how their day-to-day life will be different and we support them as they move through the process.

Our weight loss surgery program is backed up by classes designed to help you change certain lifestyle behaviors associated with weight gain. Via Christi has a very high success rate because our patients leave the program with a new set of tools that will help them keep the fat and weight off and give them a better understanding of nutrition and health.

You may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery if you have/are:

  • More than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40
  • Life-threatening problems associated with your weight — sleep apnea, hypertension, heart disease or diabetes
  • Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting.

Making the decision to have bariatric surgery can be life-altering. You will look and feel better after achieving excess weight; however, you may need to follow strict lifestyle and eating rules to achieve your goals and maintain lifetime success.

Additional resources

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Association for Morbid Obesity – includes BMI calculator and info on weight loss surgery
American Obesity Association

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