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. At MU Health Care, you benefit from advanced services, an experienced team and the latest options in weight loss treatments.

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.

Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery:

  • If your BMI is greater than 40.
  • If you have high-risk health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, sleep apnea or heart disease, and a BMI greater than 35.

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 intragastric balloon therapy.

Patients who use intragastric 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.

Long-term support for weight loss success

Bariatric surgery and intragastric 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.

Support services include: