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Your First Steps

Attending a free educational seminar is usually the first step in deciding if weight loss surgery may benefit you. All patients are encouraged to attend a free seminar prior to being evaluated by a bariatric surgeon and scheduling surgery.

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Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Surgical treatment is the only proven method of achieving long term weight control for the severely obese.

Weight loss usually reaches a maximum between 18 and 24 months after surgery. Average excess weight loss at five years after gastric bypass surgery is 48 to 74 percent. After 14 years, average excess weight loss still exceeds 50 percent for gastric bypass patients. Average excess weight loss at five years after LAP-BAND® or Realize Band surgery is 50 to 60 percent. The LAP-BAND® Early Intervention Study which included patients with a BMI of 30-40 showed average excess weight loss of 71 percent at two years after surgery.

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Preparing for Surgery

Dr. Van L. Wagner and our bariatric surgery team here in St. Louis have created a step-by-step process for our prospective patients to make your experience with us as easy and efficient as possible. Get started now

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a waiting period?

No. Our board-certified surgeons are accepting new patients, with no waiting period to schedule.

Are your surgeons board-certified?

Yes. Dr. Wagner and Dr. Kumaran are Board Certfied by The American Board of Surgery.

What is the cost of weight loss surgery?

Dr. Wagner and Dr. Kumaran are contracted with most major insurance carriers. If you have insurance, the cost of your procedure will be based on the terms of your benefits. Our office specializes in obtaining accurate benefit quotes from insurance companies. If you are uninsured or have a large deductible, financing is available. Please contact our office for more information.

Find out more about our practice

At Heart of America Bariatrics, LLC, we understand that you entrust your bariatric surgeon with more than just your physical well-being. You want and need a surgeon who takes the time to get to know you, answers every question thoroughly, and treats you with kindness and dignity. Dr. Van L. Wagner is this kind of surgeon. Bariatric surgery is an incredible, life-changing procedure, both for the patient and for the patient’s loved ones. Reaching the decision to undergo bariatric surgery can be a complex process. You need reliable, objective, and accurate information to help you understand the risks and outcomes of any surgery you are considering. Dr. Wagner and his dedicated, caring staff provide the education, support, and aftercare you need to make your bariatric procedure a successful one. We invite you to learn more about Dr. Wagner, Dr. Kumaran, our incredible support team, procedures, and even some of our patients.

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