Our Compassionate Team Will Be There
The number on the scale doesn’t define you, but it can impact your health. If you’re more than 100 pounds overweight or living with an obesity-related health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can open up a whole new life. But that doesn’t mean that long-term weight loss is simple. Emotions, work, activity, food, and dozens of other factors can impact your weight and your long-term health. If you're looking to make a change, you may want to consider medical weight-loss solutions. Our compassionate team can help.
At AdventHealth Lenexa, formerly Shawnee Mission Health - Prairie Star, our bariatric experts offer a high standard of care, with designations as an Accredited Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), as well as designations from Aetna and CIGNA. Our minimally invasive bariatric surgeries can help you control and maintain your weight over the long term. Whatever your personal needs, goals and concerns, we’ll be here to listen to you and develop a medical weight-loss program that gets you back on the path to living your best life.
With Expertise, Support and Compassion
- Personalized Weight-Loss Solutions to Meet Your Needs and Goals
At AdventHealth, formerly Shawnee Mission Health, we understand that achieving a healthier weight is about more than just physical health. Impacting everything from your emotional health to your spiritual wellness, your weight is at the center of your overall well-being, and obesity-related health conditions can be challenging, if not impossible, to overcome all on your own. We get it, and we’ll be by your side as you explain your personal needs and goals.
If you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, or a BMI over 35 with multiple related conditions or diseases, you may be a good candidate for medical weight-loss procedures. Our expert, compassionate team will talk you through all of the options available to you. If you're interested in learning more about weight-loss surgery, you can also register for a Complimentary Bariatric Surgery Informational Seminar.
- Expert Diagnoses and Accredited Medical Weight-Loss Treatments
Bariatric surgery is the right choice for some people with obesity-related health problems, so our first step will be to determine if a procedure meets your specific needs. Our expert team will consider every factor, including your BMI, any obesity-related health conditions, your age, and any previous experience with weight-loss programs. We’re here to support you at every step with information, educational seminars, and thorough explanations for every decision you make.
If your team decides that you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, our top-performing care team will present your treatment options. Some of the medical weight-loss treatments we offer include:
- Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
- Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The team at AdventHealth Lenexa has received multiple accreditations and designations in bariatric surgery, so you can rest assured that you’ll be working with some of the best and most-compassionate specialists in the country.
- Supporting Your Whole-Person Health and Wellness
We have a team of weight-loss specialists throughout the Kansas City area that is dedicated to supporting your whole-person health — and we understand that your weight is only the beginning. Within the vast AdventHealth network of care, you’ll have access to the specialists you need to get back to a healthy, active lifestyle, including dietitians, physical therapists, exercise specialists, physicians, and more. Some of our supportive groups and resources include:
- Bariatric Surgery Support Group
- Family Matters Support Group
- INSHAPE One-on-One Program
- Outpatient Nutrition Clinic
- Weight Management University Group Program
Factors like your physical health, weight, and activity level are directly linked not just to your body, but to your mind and spirit as well. We’re on your side. At AdventHealth, we’re proud to offer services that go a step further to soothe your mind and lift your spirit, including access to top-quality mental health services and Behavioral Care.
Bariatric Surgery Support Group
The Bariatric Surgery Support Group is for patients who are awaiting or have undergone bariatric surgery. The purpose is to provide a place where patients can receive ongoing education following surgery from licensed speakers, have questions answered before and after surgery, and where they can share and provide support to one another in a positive way. The Bariatric Coordinator and Dietitian are present at all meetings
For more information, contact Chris Bovos, Bariatric Program Coordinator, at 913-676-8491.
Prairie Star Conference Room (located in Building A to the left of the Emergency Department)
23351 Prairie Star Parkway
Lenexa, KS 66227
Beyond genetics and hormones, family plays a large part in the role food has in our lives. The more involved family members are with a patient’s weight loss journey, the better the chances are for successfully losing weight and keeping it off after bariatric surgery. Family members who understand and support necessary lifestyle changes make a big difference for the patient.
- Awarded and Accredited Bariatric Care
You want weight-loss solutions you can trust. We're happy to be able to give you just that. Our facility has been recognized year-after-year for achieving the highest standards of bariatric care. Our accolades include:
- 3-Star Quality Bariatric Center by CIGNA
- Accredited Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
- Named one of the Institutes of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facilities by Aetna and included on DocFind®
- National Quality Program by the American College of Surgeons
These awards are a lot to be proud of, but we're mostly honored to be able to give you the best care possible.
- Insurance Information
Insurance issues can be some of the most dreaded aspects of the bariatric surgery process. Not all insurance providers cover bariatric procedures and many carriers change their policies from year to year. However, our bariatric professionals can help you navigate the sometimes intimidating world of insurance coverage.
Where do you begin?
If you have questions about whether or not your insurance plan covers weight-loss surgery, contact your provider by calling the customer service number on the back of your card and ask if you have a policy exclusion for weight-loss surgery. If you're told you have an exclusion, see the options listed below. However, if you're told weight-loss surgery is not a covered benefit unless medically necessary, your doctor can help to prove medical necessity.
If your insurance company has an exclusion for weight-loss surgery, you have these options:
- Try to change your insurance carrier or plan at your next open enrollment period to a policy that provides coverage for weight-loss surgery
- If you have secondary insurance, call them to see if they offer coverage for weight-loss surgery
- Discuss self-pay options with our Financial Counselor by calling 913-676-2475
- We do accept Medicare and Kansas Medicaid
- Our Physicians
Robert J. Aragon, MD
Robert J. Aragon, MD, completed a fellowship in bariatric, minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Aragon is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has participated in numerous scientific presentations, publications and research during his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Aragon is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
G. Brice Hamilton, MD
G. Brice Hamilton, MD, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Transylvania University and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his post-graduate training, including an internship and residency, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also served as Chief Resident in General Surgery.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a member of the American College of Surgeons, Hamilton has practiced for more than 10 years. Prior to returning to the Kansas City area, he founded bariatric programs in Dickson, Tenn. and Jeffersonville, Ind.
Stanley Hoehn, MD
Stanley Hoehn, MD, currently serves as the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at SMMC. Hoehn received his undergraduate degree from union College in Lincoln, Neb., and graduated from medical school at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. He completed his surgical training at the University of Kansas Hospital in 1999.
Board-certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Hoehn is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In 2002, he received specialized training from doctors Wittgrove and Clark, founders of the laparoscopic technique for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. In 2004, he also trained with the InaMed Corporation, a developer of the Lap Band system. Hoehn is a proctor for Allergan, as well as faculty for Ethicon Endosurgery. He offers three types of bariatric surgery: Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding.
Hoehn has performed more than 3,000 weight-loss surgeries and is well-known for his advanced laparoscopic surgery practice in the Kansas City metropolitan area. His goal is to provide surgical excellence within a compassionate atmosphere, along with lifelong quality patient support.
Ryan Strain, MD
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Ryan Strain, MD, attended Medical School at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City School of Medicine, receiving his MD Degree in 2009. Dr. Strain completed his Surgical Internship and Residency programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center, followed by completion of a Bariatric Surgery Fellowship program at The University of Missouri in 2015. While in the Fellowship Program, he also practiced as an attending general surgeon and enjoyed teaching residents in the resident program. After completion of his fellowship work, Dr. Strain practiced as a General Surgeon at Liberty Hospital until joining our surgical team.
Ravi Sabapathy, PsyD
Ravi Sabapathy, PsyD, has worked with the Bariatric Surgery Program since its inception.
He completed his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He completed a one-year clinical practicum at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and also serves as a clinical practicum supervisor for the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Sabapathy has specialized training in health and medical psychology that focuses on improving psychological and behavioral health of medical patients. He offers bariatric sensitivity training to medical staff who serve and care for bariatric surgery patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Sabapathy has worked with thousands of bariatric surgery patients with the ultimate goal of optimizing overall safety and success to transition to the most active, healthy lifestyle possible.
Meet Our Team
With a Whole Team By Your Side
Our expert team of Bariatric and Weight Care specialists is here to help you achieve a healthier weight and a healthier life. Trust our network of care to help guide and support you in your journey to wellness. With access to a wide range of medical professionals, community resources, and local support services, you can count on our multidisciplinary team to help you overcome any roadblocks in your journey to better health. We are here to be your coach — and biggest cheerleader — on the way to success.