Procedures and Treatments

At Baptist Health, we find the right weight loss solutions for each of our patients, including patients with complex needs. Whether you’ve gained weight after bariatric surgery or you’ve been told you don’t weigh enough to qualify for surgery, we can help. 

No matter which diets or surgeries you’ve tried in the past, this time can be different. At Baptist Health, you have access to all of the latest treatments, as well as a dedicated care team that wants you to succeed.

Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Treatments: Expert Care at Baptist Health

You will receive the treatments that are just right for your medical needs and personal preferences. We also give you the support you need to achieve the best possible results. Our patients feel better about themselves, find freedom from health problems and get back to their favorite pastimes.

Other highlights of our program include:

  • Innovative treatmentsWe are among the first programs in Kentucky offering new treatments, such as stomach intestinal pylorus sparing (SIPS) surgery. This treatment helps you absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, lowering your risk for complications.
  • Safety: All of our surgeons have completed advanced training (fellowships) in bariatric surgery. Through exclusive focus on bariatric surgery, they have earned reputations for attention to safety and excellent outcomes.
  • Information to help you make good decisions: From understanding your treatment options to helping you live a healthy lifestyle after surgery, we help you take an active role in your care. We help you make decisions you feel good about by spending a lot of time explaining what to expect before, during and after surgery. 
  • Flexibility: We make it easy to get the care you need, even if you live hours away. You may be able to complete pre-surgical tests at a hospital in your community. We also make the most of your time when on-site office visits are necessary by coordinating multiple specialist visits in a single appointment.

Bariatric and Weight Loss Treatments We Perform

We are fully committed to making your treatment a success. We start by asking you about your goals and challenges so we can recommend the treatments that will best work for you.

Bariatric and weight loss treatments available at Baptist Health include: 

Standard weight loss surgeries

We expertly deliver treatments with an established track record of helping people lose weight. Our surgeons perform all of our procedures laparoscopically. This approach means your treatment with us is always minimally invasive, involving tiny incisions and shorter recovery times.

These procedures include: 

  • Gastric sleeve: We remove the stretchy upper part of your stomach and create a small sleeve-shaped pouch. This pouch helps you feel full after small meals and is one of the ways this treatment helps you maintain a healthy weight for years to come.
  • Gastric bypass: First, we create a small pouch at the top of your stomach. This pouch is then separated from the lower part of the stomach. We then reroute your intestines so that food skips over or “bypasses” part of the digestion process. The pouch helps you eat less and the bypass helps you absorb fewer calories.

Advanced surgical weight loss treatments

Baptist Health offers all of the latest treatments, including newly approved treatments that are not widely available. 

Advanced surgical treatments include: 

  • Stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing (SIPS) surgery: Similar to gastric bypass, we create a small stomach pouch and reroute your intestines. One important difference is that SIPS does not bypass the first part of the digestion process. SIPS helps you get more nutrients from the foods you eat and avoid complications like intense diarrhea.
  • Gastric sleeve plication (also known as Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication or LGCP): We carefully fold up (plicate) the stretchy upper part of the stomach and secure it using surgical staples. The long sleeve-like pouch that’s left helps you feel full after eating smaller portions.
  • Revisional surgery: Bariatric revisional surgery is a surgical intervention designed to address the outcomes of a prior bariatric procedure. Usually, revisional surgery is performed because of suboptimal weigh loss or complications from previous surgeries. 

Note: Not all surgery types are offered at every location. Please check with your physician for available procedure types.

How to Start Your Weight Loss Journey

Take the first steps toward a healthier, happier you by:

  1. Completing a new patient information packet so we can start getting to know you:
  2. Attending an optional in-person or online surgeon-led information seminar to learn more about your options.
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Right now, most Kentuckians are
considered overweight or obese.

This is problematic because people have a lot
of medical problems related to being too heavy.

Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
sleep apnea, infertility, a host of problems.

Those fad diets that we hear about, they don't
work because people have too much hunger,

they have too many cravings, and it's
not a consistent lifestyle change.

What we want to do with medical weight loss and with
surgical weight loss is help people stick with a

healthier lifestyle by modifying their
hunger, modifying their cravings,

and making it hard for them to overeat.

Surgical weight loss is just what it sounds like.

We do a surgery to alter the GI tract to help people
lose weight, but it's more than just making the stomach

smaller so you can't eat as much.

We also see profound changes in GI hormones that modify
hunger and cravings and make it very different from the

anatomy that we had before.

We're very proud that Baptist Health Lexington has the
first center of excellence medical weight loss center

in the state of Kentucky.

And this is fantastic for patients because now,
we're able to offer a comprehensive experience.

And we want to give patients the support
they need to have life-long results.

And so, as long as patients keep coming back to see us,
we can support them and make sure that they're on a

good diet, make sure that they're not
having hunger, make sure they're exercising.

And when patients do this, they do fantastic.

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