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Bariatric Surgery

Embrace your FUTURE with our comprehensive approach to your weight loss surgery.

Thinking about bariatric surgery?  Questions about the right procedure for you? To learn more about this weight-loss solution, click below.

For some, no amount of dieting, exercise or lifestyle modification can help significantly impact severe obesity. This can lead to frustration, depression, and in many cases, serious health issues. Fortunately, for many in this situation, weight loss through bariatric weight-loss surgery may be an option. Learn about our keys to success.

Meet our doctors
A key differentiator is our board-certified, highly-skilled physicians. Click on the photos below to learn more about one of the reasons our comprehensive surgical weight-loss program is successful for many individuals.

T. Brad Coy, DO

David Baker, DO

What is weight-loss surgery?

Weight-loss surgery is a surgical process that makes changes to your digestive system to enable you to lose weight by restricting how much you eat, or by limiting the absorption of nutrients, and sometimes both. Bariatrics is a branch of medicine that treats obesity, as well as studies its causes and prevention. Bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery) can be an important step to achieve your weight-loss goals.

Your first step

Plan to attend one of our free Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminars on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at our Freeman Business Center Conference Room, located at 3220 McClelland Blvd. (rear entrance). First-time attendees should arrive for registration at 4:30 pm. Call Janice, our program coordinator, for more information: 417.347.1266.

To help determine if you are a good candidate for weight-loss surgery, we use the eligibility standards below for the surgical treatment of severe obesity. Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers – all which can be fatal.

Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) 

BMI Percentage Calculator
Measuring System
Height in inches
Weight (Lbs)
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Normal BMI range

Underweight = 18.5 or less 
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

The calculations are based on WHO recommendations.

Surgery eligibility tool

Weight loss through bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Standard eligibility criteria includes: 

  • Patients who have a BMI more than 40 kg.m2. This generally equates to 100 lbs. or more overweight for men of 80 lbs. or more overweight for women.
  • Patients who have a BMI between 35 to 40 kg.m2 with serious conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
  • Patients who have failed other medically managed weight loss programs. 

Click on the button below to see if bariatric surgery is an option for you. Once you have completed the assessment, return to this page.

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One patient's journey

Two months out of Tanya’s surgery for weight loss, she is following the outlined course of treatment to prepare for the surgery.

Tanya’s surgical procedure is in one month. She’s been following the prescribed dietary guidelines and is ready to set the date for her surgery!

Tanya’s surgery was on July 5. 
Here she is the day after her surgery – feeling good and ready to go home!

Tanya’s first doctor’s appointment for follow up post-surgery was July 27. 
She’s already lost about 30 lbs.
Dr. David Baker, her general surgeon, consults with Tanya.

Dr. David Baker will continue to monitor Tanya’s progress for the next year or so – as she continues to shed pounds.

  Another 10 pounds gone
  and counting! While Tanya is
  losing the pounds, she is also
  experiencing a major loss of
  inches – all over!
  Almost 36 inches so far!

  So far, Tanya has lost 55 pounds. 
  In the last two months, she has lost
  another 13.5 inches, and gained a
  lot of energy!
  Check back for more updates!

  Tanya in November…down 60 lbs.
  and many more inches! 
  She just returned back from her
  honeymoon and is busy as ever…
  Coming soon – how one patient
  handles the opportunities for not
  overeating during the holidays.

 Still dropping pounds! 
 Already through one holiday
 – 2 more coming very soon…
 and zero pounds gained!
 Amazing – and new for Tanya!

 Remember to pick up the January
 issue of Show Me the Ozarks
 magazine…Tanya has an article to
 share with everyone.  Enjoy!

 Holiday update:

 “The struggles that I have been
 having with the holidays is all of
 the sweets laying around everywhere. 
 I have not focused on losing weight,
 but just maintaining my weight
 so that I do not disappoint myself. 
 It is easy to make myself feel bad
 when I am focusing on losing weight,
 which could  make me sink into my
 old habits of eating. 
 However, with the surgery, I am
 unable to eat as much as I once did,
 which is one of the greatest tools I
 have ever chosen. I look at life
 so differently now that I can do
 more and enjoy more things. 
 Christmas is not about all the food
 and presents around me,
 but the friends and family that
 I am surrounded by.”

 - Tanya

 Tanya is down another 5 pounds
 and 9 inches. 
 She’s excited and proud to be able to
 do that, especially with the
 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

 January 2017
 Tanya has lost an additional 5 pounds  in February and 6.25 inches all over.
 “I am truly so blessed to have this  surgery. I have so much more energy,  and over all, I feel so much better. My  knees don’t hurt like they did before.  My kids can wrap their arms around  me tightly. Those are the things that  make it so worth it.”
 Tanya is down 80 pounds, 67 inches  and counting!

 Tanya continues to maintain her  weight loss into June. She has more  energy than ever and enjoys  increasing her level of physical  activity.

 August 2017

How it works

To best understand the different options for weight-loss surgery, it's important to understand how the normal digestive tract functions. Your esophagus is the muscular tube that carries solid foods and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. The stomach is the "storage pouch" of the gastrointestinal tract. After food is swallowed, it arrives here for processing before passing to the small intestines. In the small intestines, nutrients and calories from the food are absorbed throughout the 20 to 30 feet of small intestines. The last part of the digestive tract is the large intestines. Here is where water is re-absorbed into the body from the leftover liquid from digested food. Weight-loss surgery makes changes to the stomach and/or small intestines to enable weight loss.

Common procedures and services
When it comes to bariatric surgery, it's important to be aware of your options, as well as the finer details of the various procedures. The most common procedures include laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, roux-en-Y gastry bypass and duodenal switch. At this time Freeman bariatric surgeons perform laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Select the options below for more information.

Laparoscopic Adjustable
Gastric Banding
Vertical Sleeve

Health conditions contributing to obesity

  • BMI over 30
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disease
  • Phlebitis
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Severe pancreatitis

Information and resources used with permission from Covidien.

Freeman Bariatric Center

1102 W. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO 64804