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 surgeons and gastroenterologists 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:
- 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 lead bariatric surgeon has performed more than 3,500 bariatric surgery procedures – currently 400 per year, almost all with a laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approach.
- Nonsurgical weight loss options: We are the only hospital in the St. Louis area to offer all endoscopic procedures and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedures provide safe, effective treatment options for weight loss. They can help adults with mild to moderate obesity who haven’t succeeded at diet and exercise alone and are not candidates for bariatric surgery.
- Nationally recognized expertise: Our bariatric surgeons and gastroenterologists come from Washington University, at the forefront of weight loss research. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and our partner, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, have earned accreditation as Comprehensive Bariatric Centers from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for meeting or exceeding national standards. As a patient, you’re in good hands with our experienced team.
- Plastic surgery for body contouring: Washington University and private practice surgeons offer plastic surgery for excess skin removal after weight loss, right on our campus.
- 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 St. Louis County suburb of Creve Coeur, with free parking and easy access.
Nonsurgical Options for Weight Loss Treatment
We offer all nonsurgical weight loss treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These procedures have a lower excess weight requirement to qualify, which makes them available to a wide range of people who need medical weight loss treatment. Our experienced gastroenterologists offer nonsurgical procedures for weight loss, including:
- Intragastric balloon devices: These devices contain one, two or three balloons that are temporarily placed in the stomach. Intragastric balloon devices take up space in the stomach to create a feeling of fullness, helping people eat less. Read about gastric balloons for weight loss.
- Aspiration therapy: This system uses a stomach tube, port and companion device that together allow people to remove (aspirate) part of their meal after eating. This reversible treatment removes food and calories before they are absorbed to help with weight loss. Learn more about aspiration therapy.
- Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty: Physicians perform this minimally invasive procedure to reduce the size of the stomach without surgery. The procedure uses an endoscopic device (thin, flexible tube with micro tools) inserted down the throat into the stomach, to place sutures from the inside. Find out more about endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
- Endoscopic gastric outlet repair: For people who have had a gastric bypass and their stomach has enlarged over time, we offer a procedure to reduce the stomach’s size. Similar to endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, the revision procedure uses an endoscopic device to place sutures from the inside of the stomach. Read more about endoscopic gastric outlet repair.
Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss
Our expert surgeons offer all major types of bariatric surgery, each using laparoscopy, a minimally invasive approach with smaller incisions:
- Laparoscopic gastric bypass: Gastric bypass is the most widely performed surgery for weight loss and can produce significant, long-term weight loss. Get more details about laparoscopic gastric bypass.
- 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. Find out about adjustable gastric banding.
- Gastric sleeve: People with severe obesity can adapt more easily to this type of surgery because it does not reroute the digestive tract. It can be used either as a single treatment or the first of two bariatric surgeries (usually followed by gastric bypass or duodenal switch). Read about gastric sleeve surgery.
- Duodenal switch: This surgery is more extensive than the other types of bariatric surgery and offers the greatest weight loss potential. It combines the gastric sleeve with intestinal rerouting for additional weight loss. Find out more about the duodenal switch procedure.
- Revisions to bariatric surgery: For a variety of reasons, some people may not be achieving their weight loss goals or may have complications after bariatric surgery. We offer laparoscopic revisions to correct previous bariatric surgeries or help restart weight loss. Learn more about revisions to bariatric surgery.
Coordinated Care With an Integrated Team
Your care team works together to coordinate your entire weight loss program, with staff from several disciplines, including:
- Bariatric surgeons experienced in minimally invasive techniques
- Physicians specializing in gastroenterology (digestive system care) and nonsurgical procedures
- Registered dietitians for nutrition support for weight loss
- Lifestyle counselor for behavior coaching
- Exercise specialists for physical therapy and fitness training
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.
Before pursuing any procedure, interested patients must attend one of our information sessions. At each session, 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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