August 04, 2014
For the more than 10 million Americans who are 100 pounds over their ideal weight and suffer from morbid obesity, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get their weight under control. Now those in the Kansas City area struggling with the condition have the Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City at Menorah Medical Center as a resource. Under the leadership of board-certified Bariatric and General Surgeon Nicole M. Fearing, MD, and anchored by a multi-disciplinary team, patients can access laparoscopic surgical weight loss options such as gastric sleeve surgery (or vertical sleeve gastrectomy) and adjustable gastric band surgery. Dr. Fearing specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery and endoscopy and has a special interest in bariatric surgery.
Menorah Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System — Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — is a leader in bariatric care, and offers a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Program accredited by the American College of Surgeons.
“For many, the keys to controlling weight lie in sound dieting and exercise,” Dr. Fearing says. “But for those who fall into the category of morbid obesity, diet and exercise alone aren't enough to get their weight under control. The weight management and surgical weight loss services we provide at the Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City, which include tools, education and support, can help people reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many other health complications.”
Patients at the Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City begin treatment by consulting with Dr. Fearing on a complete medical and weight loss history, followed by a dietary evaluation with a dietitian and a pre-surgical psychological evaluation by a psychologist. Support groups, both before and after surgery, are available to enhance long-term success and motivation.
“Dr. Fearing is a true champion for individuals needing to lose weight because of health reasons or complications,” says Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center. “She is compassionate and gives each patient the personal attention they deserve. Menorah Medical Center is proud to add yet another service that will benefit the community’s well-being.”
The Surgical Weight Loss Institute of Kansas City is located on the Menorah Medical Center Campus at 5701 West 119th St., Suite 320, Overland Park, Kan., 66209. Patients can be referred by a physician or do self-referrals. For more information, call (913) 345-6960 or visit SurgicalWeightLossInstituteKC.com.