Need help losing weight? Take control of your health and well-being by participating in a safe, comprehensive weight management program.

At University of Missouri Health Care and our affiliates Columbia Bariatric Associates, you'll benefit from our compassionate and supportive approach to weight loss, which includes nonsurgical and surgical options, depending on your individual needs.

At MU Health Care, you’ll find a lasting solution to weight management with help from a nationally accredited bariatric surgery team as designated by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Our bariatric physicians are certified by the American Board of Surgery and meet the criteria of excellence established by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

As part of an academic health center, our physicians stay up-to-date on the latest weight loss procedures and research. And our team is dedicated to ensuring your success by walking with you on your weight loss journey. This includes offering an array of supportive services before and after any procedure.

Comprehensive bariatric surgery services

Your doctor will discuss your options with you to make sure we choose the best weight management plan for your needs.

All bariatric surgery options at MU Health Care reduce the size of your stomach through various methods. The procedures listed below help you feel fuller more quickly when you eat.

Learn about all of our surgical options by downloading our free weight loss guide.

Weight Loss Guide

Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?

If you are considering weight loss surgery, you must first consult with a doctor to determine if that is the right choice for you.

At MU Health Care, your safety and success are our top priority. Our experts work closely with you to help decide if you qualify for weight loss surgery and, if so, which option is right for you.

To be a candidate for bariatric surgery, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) between 35 and 60
  • Be willing to make a commitment to a new, healthy lifestyle 
  • Be at a certain level of physical ability and emotional maturity
  • Meet specific insurance requirements 

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Nonsurgical weight loss services

In addition to expert bariatric surgery services, we offer the latest nonsurgical weight loss solutions. If you have a BMI greater than 30 and are interested in a nonsurgical solution, you may benefit from gastric balloon therapy.

Patients who use gastric balloon lose about three times more weight in six months than patients who use diet and exercise alone. This FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

We also offer a medication program that can help control appetite. This program can be combined with a surgical procedure to maximize weight loss. 

Long-term support for weight loss success

Bariatric surgery and gastric balloon therapy are lifelong commitments. To ensure long-term weight management success, you’ll continue to receive support and encouragement from your patient-focused medical team long after your procedure is over.

We have the tools you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including:

What Sets Us Apart

With our board-certified bariatric physicians and accreditation as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), we’re honored to offer mid-Missouri the most advanced and highest standard of care for those struggling to lose weight.

With a range of surgical and nonsurgical options, our comprehensive, collaborative approach to care means no matter where you’re at in your weight loss journey, our team works to foster a lasting, healthy lifestyle through nutrition counseling, health evaluations, educational classes, support groups, treatment of weight-related issues and follow-ups long after your procedure or program.