Weight Loss

Weight Loss Surgery Clinic in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, and Springfield, MO.

Obesity affects more than one third of adults living in the United States, and 1 in 20 people are affected by extreme obesity. Individuals struggling with obesity are at risk of developing a wide spectrum of health problems, including osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, and sleep apnea. Additionally, obesity and its comorbidities can substantially diminish one’s quality of life, with symptoms such as shortness of breath, reduced mobility, and chronic pain making it difficult to engage in everyday activities and special occasions with family and friends alike. Fortunately, surgical weight loss at Blue Valley Hospital may be a viable solution for individuals whose obesity cannot be successfully controlled through diet and exercise.

Medical weight loss offers countless benefits beyond mere weight reduction. In fact, it can help people to regain control of every facet of their lives. The advantages of bariatric (or weight loss) surgery can include* reduced cholesterol levels, decreased blood pressure, chronic pain relief, mitigation or elimination of sleep apnea, and improved mental health. *Results may vary

The surgical weight loss specialists at one of Blue Valley Hospital’s eight locations in Kansas and Missouri can help to determine whether medical weight loss surgery is the right solution for individuals affected by obesity. All surgeries are performed at Blue Valley Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, in a facility specially designed to ensure the utmost comfort and safety of overweight patients. Moreover, our cutting-edge laparoscopic surgical techniques mean that most patients are able to return to their homes the day after their procedures.

At Blue Valley Hospital, short- and long-term patient satisfaction is our top priority. One of our many success stories is that of Darlene, a St. Louis, MO resident who has already lost more than 100 pounds* and is still going strong! Darlene hasn’t only transformed on the outside, though—she has also experienced dramatic improvements in her physical health and emotional wellbeing. Click here to read her amazing weight loss story. *Results may vary

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  • What is bariatric surgery?
    Bariatric surgery is commonly referred to as weight loss surgery. Typically, it’s a minimally-invasive surgical procedure performed laparoscopically that helps obese patients (BMI >30) lose weight and improve overall health. The most common bariatric surgery procedures are adjustable gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy.
  • Is bariatric surgery right for me?
    Candidates for weight loss surgery should have a BMI greater than 30. Click here for a BMI chart. Individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other weight-related diseases who need to lose 50 pounds or more may qualify.
  • What surgical weight loss options are available?
    Blue Valley Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers two of the most popular, evidence-based surgical options for patients considering Kansas City weight loss surgery. The Adjustable Gastric Band involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach. Restricted by the silicone band, the stomach becomes a pouch with an outlet of approximately one inch in width. This causes the patient to feel full faster and for a longer period of time. A Sleeve Gastrectomy involves several small incisions and a laparoscope (a small camera) that guides the surgeon during the procedure. During this surgery, half of the stomach is removed, leaving a vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. As a result, less food is required for the stomach to become full, resulting in weight loss.
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  • What happens after bariatric surgery?
    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 to maximize your potential for long-term weight loss and maintenance.
  • How do I start?
    If non-surgical medical solutions to weight loss have yielded unsatisfactory results, call 913-378-1365 today and request an appointment. Blue Valley Hospital is a Missouri Medicaid provider and is able to schedule patients quickly for a weight loss surgery consultation.


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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Our Kansas City Weight Loss Surgeons

Lawrence Drahota, MD, FACS

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery

Robert Pruitt, MD

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery

Sigi Joseph, MD

General Surgery & Bariatric Surgery

Blue Valley Hospital’s weight loss surgeons, Dr. Lawrence Drahota and Dr. Robert Pruitt, are two of the most experienced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons in the Greater Kansas City Area. Their training and expertise in innovative, minimally invasive procedures ranks them among the most sought-after surgeons in the region.

Dr. Drahota is an advanced laparoscopic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is an active member of several organizations dedicated to overseeing and improving patient care in the state of Kansas and nationwide. He possesses nearly thirty years of experience in the field of medicine, and specializes in LAP-BAND Surgery and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Drahota is committed to providing stellar patient care, including to individuals from Spanish-speaking communities.

Dr. Pruitt is a laparoscopic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Surgery. His area of focus is bariatric surgery for weight loss, and he specializes in LAP-BAND surgery and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. He is deeply committed to listening to his patients and working closely with them to identify and address their medical needs.


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