The reasons for weight-loss are more than cosmetic. People who are obese often experience serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and may be at increased risk for certain cancers. Mercy Bariatric Center in St. Louis, MO provides bariatric surgery that can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and reduce your risk of developing health complications associated with obesity.
In addition, surgical weight loss may also provide significant health benefits and allow you to:
Bariatrics is simply the field of medicine focused on obesity, its causes, prevention and treatments. Bariatric surgery is divided into two different approaches to helping treat obesity: restrictive, where the stomach's size and capacity are reduced, and malabsorption, where the stomachs ability to absorb calories and nutrients is reduced.
At Mercy Bariatric Center - St. Louis our team of leading experts is ready to help you meet your weight loss and health goals. We provide a variety of bariatric procedures including gastric sleeve, gastric banding and gastric bypass. In addition to your primary care physician, we call on our psychologists, dietitians, physical therapists, cardiologists, pulmonologists and surgeons to ensure your success. Bariatric surgery is just one part of your lifelong commitment to better health-but we're here to help.
Bariatric surgery is a great way to help build a healthy lifestyle, but it's not for everyone. For weight loss surgery to be a viable option, patients must meet the following criteria:
You're 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight and have one of the following conditions:
Disclaimer: Surgery may be associated with its own set of problems, such as infection, poor wound healing, and rarely even death. Therefore, you and your surgeon should carefully discuss the risks of your current health condition compared to the risks and benefits of surgery.
Lisa Renae Martin Hawver, MD, FACS, is our Medical Director and our bariatric surgeon. She’s an experienced and board certified surgeon with specialties in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery.
After graduating and completing her surgeon residency at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, she moved to Virginia Commonwealth University for her fellowship in bariatric surgery. Before coming to Mercy, Dr. Hawver served as the Assistant Professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati and the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at The Christ Hospital in Ohio.
Dr. Hawver is a "Surgeon of Excellence" in metabolic and bariatric surgery, according to the Surgical Review Corporation.