Des Peres Hospital’s MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Bariatrics Program has expanded its surgical weight loss program for morbidly obese adult patients who have repeatedly failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as supervised diet, drugs, exercise, and behavior modification programs.

Des Peres Hospital’s MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program welcomes board-certified and bariatric center of excellence surgeon, Van Wagner, MD. Dr. Wagner joins Richard O. Follwell, DO and program medical director, Darin Minkin, DO.  Combined, these three surgeons have performed more than 2,500 bariatric surgeries.

Bariatrics Program Expands Surgeries

The program also now offers online patient education for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. All procedures help patients manage their diet by reducing the size of the stomach to a small pouch that can only hold a small amount of food, making the patient feel full for a much longer time after eating.
Finally, to make follow-up education more convenient for patients, the bariatric program has expanded its meeting space in the MAP II building on Des Peres Hospital’s campus, 2315 Dougherty Ferry, Suite 102. Free pre-operative educational seminars, post-operative nutrition and lifestyle seminars and alumni support groups will be held in this new space.

Surgery for obesity is not for everyone. To be considered a candidate for bariatric surgery, individuals must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be either severely obese (100 pounds or more overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 40 or more) OR obese with associated complications (a BMI of 35 or more, with a condition such as diabetes, severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, lung and/or heart disease)
  • Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through a structured, medical weight loss program
  • Have obesity-related physical problems that interfere with employment, walking or family function.
  • Undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they are emotionally healthy enough to understand the ramifications of their decision.
  • Be willing and able to commit to long-term medical follow-up, as well as rigorous lifelong changes in eating, exercise and lifestyle habits

These surgeries are offered as a part of a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of bariatric patients. Patients undergo a pre-surgical workup that includes multiple medical evaluations, dietary evaluation, and counseling by a registered dietitian and a psychological evaluation by a mental healthcare provider, as well as pre-operative laboratory and diagnostic tests.
Patients who are interested in weight loss surgery are encouraged to attend a free seminar and should call our offices at 314-966-9640 or toll-free 1-888-457-5203 option 3 to register.