Weight Loss

At Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, a team of specialists are available to help patients struggling with weight loss and obesity. The following bariatric surgery options are minimally-invasive and performed locally for your convenience. After surgery, many people find their other weight-related problems improve. This includes sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint and back problems, cholesterol and diabetes.

Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

Sleeve Gastrectomy is the most commonly performed weight loss procedure today. This surgery transforms the normal football-sized stomach into the size and shape of a banana. The surgery helps maintain weight loss by resetting the body’s metabolism and lowering the fat storage set point.

Learn how gastric sleeve has helped one Sullivan woman lose 10 points from her original BMI.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass, once the most common bariatric surgery, is now available for those who have issues such as severe reflux or gastroparesis (lazy stomach). A small pouch is created from the upper part of the stomach; the rest of the stomach is not removed. The bowel is then connected to the stomach to bring biliopancreatic fluid (required to digest and absorb dietary fat) in contact with nutrients. The body’s fat storage set point is lowered to assist in maintaining weight loss.

Duodenal Switch

Duodenal Switch is generally reserved for the heaviest patients. The surgery involves both the stomach and the duodenum - the first portion of the small bowel. The body’s dietary fat absorption is restricted with this procedire and the body’s fat storage set point is lowered.

To learn if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery in Sullivan, please call 573-860-6000.

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