We found 4 bariatric surgeons who accept MO HealthNet near Kansas City, MO.

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Dr. Geoffrey Carl Slayden, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Geoffrey Slayden's medical specialty is general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Slayden is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Slayden's residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Anderson County Hospital, Saint Luke's East Hospital, and Saint Luke's South Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gallbladder Problems, Soft Tissue Tumor, Hernia, Skin Lesions, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Colon ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Robert Arroyo, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Michael Arroyo is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and da vinci surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Arroyo attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's East Hospital, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Colon Problems, Nissen ... (Read more)

Dr. George Brent Sorensen, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. G. Sorensen practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at the University of Missouri Health System, Dr. Sorensen attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school. In his practice, Dr. Sorensen focuses on gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice. Dr. Sorensen is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Stomach Problems, Abdominal Wall ... (Read more)

Dr. John M Price, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
4320 Wornall Road; Medical Plaza 1 Suite 530
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. John Price's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and then went on to complete his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. In his practice, Dr. Price focuses on gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and bariatric revision surgery. Dr. Price accepts Coventry, TRICARE, and Aetna Elect Choice, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, Saint Luke's South Hospital, and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgical Procedures, Skin Issues, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is a surgical procedure performed to help significantly obese patients lose weight when more traditional methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not helped. Depending on the type, these surgeries change the gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food can be eaten and also change how food is absorbed by the body. Of the various bariatric surgeries available, the most common is gastric bypass.

By far the most common of the gastric bypass surgeries is called “Roux-en-Y.” During this surgery, part of the stomach and small intestine are detached from the gastrointestinal tract, in order to make the tract smaller. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The working stomach, at the end of the esophagus, is now tiny - only the size of a walnut. This makes patients feel full after eating a small amount of food. Then the small intestine is also divided, and after bypassing a section of the small intestine to reduce food absorption, the intestine is attached to the small stomach pouch. The patient now has a working stomach and intestine like before, only much smaller.

Because gastric bypass is used to treat extreme obesity, it can reduce the risk of some of the problems associated with obesity. Gastric bypass can help treat or reduce the risk for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is a major surgery and also carries risks itself. Any surgery can lead to infection, bleeding, or blood clots, and weight loss surgery in particular carries risks of leaks in the gastrointestinal system, malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and vomiting.

Typically patients are considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery if they have a BMI greater than 40, or sometimes if they have a BMI between 35 and 40 but are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. The outlook is generally good, with most patients losing between 50-75% of their excess weight in 1-2 years. However, patients must follow strict diet guidelines so that the stomach can heal, starting with no food at all, then followed by a liquid diet for some time. For many severely obese patients who have tried strict diets before without success, gastric bypass surgery is the tool that allows them to finally achieve their weight loss and health goals.
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