When considering weight loss surgery, the first thing you might do is attend a weight loss surgery informational seminar. Most weight loss surgery centers will require this as a first step and will offer it free of charge. The seminar is a chance to learn all about weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, and should be lead by a bariatric surgeon. This allows for in-depth conversations regarding surgery options; however much of the seminar will cover all surgery options and what to expect after surgery.

Most seminars are offered at the hospital where bariatric surgeries (weight loss surgeries) are performed. Some centers also offer an online seminar for patients not wanting, or unable, to attend in person. MISH Hospital and Clinics recognizes some individuals feel uncomfortable in a group setting, and/or prefer to begin their weight loss journey in a more individualized, personal setting. Therefore, the surgeons at MISH Hospital and Clinics also offer a free consultation as a first step to weight loss surgery.

Whether a patient chooses to start their journey with a seminar or individual consultation, they should expect to get all questions answered prior to surgery. While an online seminar is an attractive option for convenience, attending the in-person seminar is recommended to address specific questions. If a patient begins with a free weight loss surgery consultation, the seminar will still be necessary prior to surgery but may be taken online.

Once a patient is ready for weight loss surgery, they should know what to expect prior to, during and after surgery. This includes a complete guide to the foods to eat and how to eat them, as well as the support they should expect from the center that performed the surgery. To learn more about weight loss surgery seminars or consultations, call 913.322.7401. Ready to get started? Register for a free weight loss surgery seminar or consultation here.


One of the most important factors to consider while considering weight loss surgery is how effective the operation will be long-term for each individual person. Weight loss success can vary based on the operation and how consistently the patient follows the "rules". The rules include what, when and how to eat and drink following surgery. The rules change at different timelines following surgery, and some patients have trouble remembering, and sticking to, the rules long-term. This is why MISH Hospital and Clinics provides a weekly Rules Class free to all bariatric weight loss surgery and prospective bariatric weight loss surgery patients.

The type of weight loss surgery can also affect long-term success. This is because some procedures like the Lap-Band and Gastric Balloon are temporary weight loss tools while others such as the Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy are more permanent. The Sleeve Gastrectomy has quickly become one of the more popular weight loss surgery options with many patients now choosing "the sleeve" over the more familiar, less permanent Lap-Band.

With the sleeve gastrectomy, the part of the stomach that stretches most to accommodate more food is removed. The sleeve gastrectomy surgery does not alter the normal digestive process, so food absorption and digestion remain the same. Weight loss after a sleeve gastrectomy procedure is projected to be 70% of the excess body weight, which is comparable to that of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This weight loss is expected to occur over one to one and half years after surgery. Half of the expected weight loss is lost in the first six months after surgery. To learn more about the sleeve gastrectomy, visit http://www.mishhospital.com/sleeve-gastrectomy.

Finally, if you're most concerned with the long-term success of your weight loss operation, select a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Bariatric Surgery Center with high long-term weight loss success rates. MISH Hospital and Clinics is a MBSAQIP Comprehensive Accredited Center performing all MBSAQIP approved weight loss operations available for surgical weight loss without weight restrictions.MISH Hospital and Clinics weight loss surgery patients lose 40% more weight on average three years after surgery compared to other accredited centers. To schedule your free weight loss consultation, call 913.322.7401.


If you've scheduled (or are considering scheduling) a weight loss surgery consultation but aren't sure what to expect from the appointment, let us help. The free weight loss surgery consultation is a zero-risk and zero-obligation opportunity for you to speak one-on-one with the surgeon who would perform the operation. Based on your individual health assessment and weight loss goals, the surgeon will explain your options and answer any questions you may have regarding surgery including what to expect before, during and after.

During the consult, the surgeon may also provide realistic expectations of success based on your individual consult. Long-term weight loss success after weight loss surgery is very achievable. Patients at MISH Hospital and Clinics actually experience 40% more weight loss long-term compared to other accredited centers. Weight loss success can vary based on the individual's ability to follow the "rules" and knowledge of how to use their new weight loss "tool". Therefore, support groups and rules classes are offered to encourage long-term success.

Finally, once it is determined that weight loss surgery is recommended and you are believed to experience weight loss success, there will be time during the consultation to review insurance coverage and financials. Our goal is to ensure you leave the consultation with all your questions answered and an individualized plan of care. We want you to feel equipped to take the next step and understand clearly what that next step will be.

For many people struggling with the disease, obesity, weight loss surgery is the tool they need to experience long-term weight loss success. We look forward to supporting you throughout your weight loss journey. To schedule your free weight loss surgery consultation, call 913.322.7401 or