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Weight Loss

Washington University weight-loss specialists are dedicated to the management of excessive weight. By utilizing the latest weight-management therapies, we help patients manage their weight and reduce the medical risks linked with being obese. Weight management is a challenge for everyone. An individualized approach to weight loss is essential because we are all different in genetic make-up, lifestyle, behaviors and physical activity.

Medical Weight Management Program 314-286-2080

Medical weight management combines the expertise of physicians, psychologists, registered dietitians and physical therapists to provide a comprehensive approach to the medical management of obesity. The program includes medical monitoring, lifestyle modification, nutrition education and increased physical activity – all guided by weight-loss experts.

Non-surgical Bariatric Endoscopy Weight-Loss: 314-362-2652
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Washington University now offers an intragastric balloon system as an addition to lifestyle interventions for weight loss. This 12-month program includes: a medical evaluation, device insertion and removal, monthly group sessions and individual/personalized lifestyle coaching from a behavioral counselor and a registered dietitian. Physical therapy evaluations are available for patients with barriers to movement. 

Placement of the balloon is an endoscopic outpatient procedure. Once it is in the stomach, the balloon is filled with a saline solution and deployed. The balloon induces feelings of satiety, aiding in effective weight loss.

Candidates for bariatric endoscopy include those who:

  • Have a BMI between 30 to 40, with other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea
  • Have attempted weight-loss through diet and exercise without success
  • Have not been diagnosed with esophageal reflux disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Have not had previous surgeries in the small intestine or stomach, exception is an uncomplicated appendectomy surgery
  • Have not had previous bariatric surgery 
  • Are not on blood thinners
  • Are age 22 and above

Sign up for a free informational session,  or call 314-362-2652. This program is offered at the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital campus. 

Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery 314-454-7224
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Surgery may be an option for people who are severely obese and have been unable to lose weight through diet or other means. Those who have serious obesity-related health problems may also be candidates. Generally, the various procedures – gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy – promote weight loss and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by limiting food intake. Some also interrupt the digestive process to prevent the absorption of some calories and nutrients. For the surgery to be a success, patients must be committed to lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits, medical follow-up, and supplementation of vitamins and minerals.

In order to qualify for weight loss surgery you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-70
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 or greater if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea; or a BMI of 30 or greater for laparoscopic gastric banding surgery
  • Have attempted a structured dietary weight loss program without success
  • Be evaluated and approved by a behavioral therapist, a dietician and physical therapist
  • Have labs and EKG to evaluate your general condition