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Weight Loss Surgery

For some people, diet and exercise programs are not effective, even though they sincerely want to achieve long-term weight loss. For qualified patients, Blue Valley Surgical Associates offers weight loss surgical options that can help you achieve your goals.

A team of specialists will guide you through the process to ensure your success. You will begin by visiting with a Nurse Practitioner located at one of our nine convenient locations across the region. They will help you to determine if surgery is right for you. All surgeries are performed at Blue Valley Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. Our facility is specifically designed for the comfort and safety of overweight patients. All procedures are laparoscopic and most patients are able to go home the next day.

After your surgery, you will visit with the Nurse Practitioner at your local clinic. They will be there for you to help with any questions and offer education on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

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Frequent Questions

  • Is weight loss surgery right for me?

    Candidates for weight loss surgery should have a BMI greater than 30. Click here for BMI chart. Also, people with diabetes, high blood pressure and other weight-related diseases who need to lose 50 pounds or more may qualify.

  • What options are available?
    Adjustable Gastric Band

    An adjustable silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Squeezed by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with about an inch-wide outlet. This causes you to feel full faster and stay full longer.

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    A sleeve gastrectomy involves several small incisions and a laparoscope (a small camera) which guides the surgeon during the surgery. During this procedure, half of the stomach is removed leaving a vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. As a result, the stomach will get full with less food, resulting in weight loss.

    Surgery Comparison

Education Materials

Click here to view the BVSA New Patient Handbook

Click here to view the BVSA Sleeve Gastrectomy Information

Click here to view the BVSA Adjustable Gastric Band Information

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Weight Loss Seminar


Our Surgeons

Lawrence Drahota, MD, FACS

General & Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Drahota earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He served his medical internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Drahota is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been certified to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor and has been in the field since 1987.

Robert Pruitt, MD

General & Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Pruitt received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He went on to complete a surgery internship and then his residency in general surgery at the Truman Medical Center at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Pruitt is a laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, specifically LAP-BAND® Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.


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