Des Peres Hospital’s MyNewSelf Surgical Weight Loss Program announced today that board-certified general and fellowship trained bariatric surgeon Dr. Howard Lederer, MD, FACS, has joined its surgical weight loss physician panel.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lederer to the MyNewSelf team,” said David E. Loving, Des Peres Hospital CEO. “His expertise and experience are a great addition to our bariatric medical and surgical program.”

Dr. Lederer joins MyNewSelf program medical director, Darin Minkin, DO, bariatric surgeon Matt Ricks, DO, and obesity medicine specialist Hani Soudah, MD.

Dr. Howard Lederer performs minimally invasive bariatric surgery, complex laparoscopic and open revisional bariatric surgery, and a wide array of general surgery procedures. He also has experience in trauma care.

Prior to joining MyNewSelf, he served for 14 years as division chief of bariatric surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

Dr. Lederer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, in 1996. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH, in 2001, and his Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center and School of Medicine in Minneapolis, MN, in 2003.

Des Peres Hospital’s MyNewSelf program offers surgical weight loss services to 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 is accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

Surgical procedures offered in the program include laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and duodenal switch, and revisional bariatric surgery. The program also offers intragastric balloon therapy for weight loss and medical weight loss management.

Free pre-operative informational seminars, post-operative nutrition and lifestyle classes, and alumni support groups are also offered by the program’s multi-disciplinary team.

Surgery for obesity is not for everyone. Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Other weight loss procedures, such as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® or Lap Band Surgery and endoscopic balloon procedures, are also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in certain people with a BMI of 30 to 35. Weight loss procedures are considered safe, but like many types of medical intervention, they do have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss procedures.