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Bariatrics

For many people struggling with excess weight and obesity, weight-loss treatment offers renewed hope for long-term success. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, our Washington University physicians offer both nonsurgical and surgical options so you can achieve your permanent weight-loss goals and live a healthy, active life.

Why Choose Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for Weight Loss?

Our experienced bariatric and gastroenterologist physicians diagnose and treat hundreds of patients each year who want to make a positive change in their bodies. We provide a comprehensive program for weight loss in a convenient, comfortable setting. We offer:

  • Nonsurgical weight-loss option: We are the first hospital in the St. Louis area offering two types of endoscopic balloon devices — single balloon and dual balloon.  This nonsurgical procedure for medical weight loss is an advanced treatment option is for adults with mild to moderate obesity who haven’t succeeded at diet and exercise alone and are not candidates for bariatric surgery. 
  • All services on one campus: For most patients, you’ll receive all your weight-loss services and care in one place. Our comfortable setting is conveniently located in the west county suburb of Creve Coeur, with free parking and easy access.
  • Excellent patient outcomes: Research shows that patients have the best outcomes when their surgeons are highly experienced and treat a substantial number of patients. Our Washington University bariatric surgeon has performed more than 3,000 bariatric procedures — currently 400 per year, almost all with a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approach.
  • Nationally recognized expertise: Our bariatric surgeon comes from Washington University, at the forefront of bariatric research and surgical advances. He helped Barnes-Jewish Hospital, our partner, earn a Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for meeting or exceeding national standards. Our patients benefit from that same expertise.
  • Comprehensive care: Your care team works together to coordinate your entire weight-loss program, with staff from several disciplines, including:
  • Plastic surgery for body contouring: Surgeons from Washington University and private practice offer plastic surgery for excess skin removal after weight loss, right on our campus.

Nonsurgical and Surgical Options for Weight-Loss Treatment

We offer a newly approved nonsurgical treatment, plus the major types of bariatric surgery:

  • Endoscopic therapy for weight loss: This newly approved nonsurgical procedure has a lower excess weight requirement for people to qualify, so it is available to a wider range of overweight patients. It involves the temporary placement of a single or dual balloon in the stomach.
  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass: This type of surgery is the most widely performed and has the potential for the most weight loss.
  • Adjustable gastric banding: This surgery does not alter the stomach or the digestive tract, so it requires fewer dietary restrictions and reduces the need for nutritional supplements. It’s also adjustable and more easily reversible than other bariatric surgeries.
  • Gastric sleeve: For morbidly obese patients, this type of surgery is easier. It can be used either as a single treatment or the first of two bariatric surgeries (usually followed by gastric bypass).
  • Revisions to bariatric surgery: For a variety of reasons, some people may not be achieving their weight-loss goals after surgery. We offer laparoscopic and endoscopic revisions to previous bariatric surgeries to help jump-start weight loss.

Deciding on a Weight-Loss Treatment

Our physicians will help you decide which procedure may be right for you, taking into account your needs, goals and overall health. You’ll find out more about all the procedures we offer at our information sessions.

Before pursuing any procedure, interested patients must attend one of our information sessions, where a Washington University physician will discuss our procedures and explain eligibility. Learn more about our:

Contact Us for Weight-Loss Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician, please call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378.

Referring physicians can call the Doctors’ Access Line at 800.252.DOCS (3627) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit our referring physicians page.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis. Our bariatric physicians have two locations on campus:

  • The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. 
  • The Washington University Bariatric Surgery office is located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 120. The address is 1040 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.

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