Thinking about bariatric surgery? Questions about the right procedure for you? Click here to learn about this weight-loss solution.
Embrace your FUTURE with our comprehensive approach to your weight loss surgery.
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.
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) – 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.
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Surgery eligibility tool
Weight loss through bariatric surgery may be an option for you. Standard eligibility criteria include:
- 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.
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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.
Tanya’s first doctor’s appointment for follow up post-surgery was July 27.
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
| 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.
Still dropping pounds!
Remember to pick up the January
“The struggles that I have been
Tanya is down another 5 pounds
| 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.”
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 where it is processed 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. Click a letter below to view more information about these common types of procedures:
Health conditions contributing to obesity
- BMI over 30
- Gall bladder disease
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Severe pancreatitis
Freeman Bariatric Center
1102 W. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO 64804