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Bariatric Services

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If you have struggled with weight loss your whole life, you know how easy it is to feel powerless. But you are strong. And now is the time to prove it.

Sarah Bush Lincoln, in partnership with Memorial Bariatric Services of Springfield now offers a nationally accredited weight loss surgery program. Our program includes local, ongoing support to help you keep the weight off permanently.

Through the partnership, participants can have their required pre- and post-operative medical management completed through Sarah Bush Lincoln, eliminating time and travel.

These services include:

  • Nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian
  • Physical therapy
  • Social work
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic Imaging

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Family Practice Physician, Bernie Ranchero, MD,
who is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine,
is the medical director.

Surgical Options

Memorial Bariatric Services was established as a comprehensive program to address the medical, emotional and social issues that accompany the care required to successfully treat and manage this condition.

More than 2,000 weight-loss surgeries have been performed at Memorial.
Bariatric procedures offered include:

  • laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass - Surgically separates the stomach into two sections using parallel rows of titanium staples.
  • laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding - Surgical placement of a silicone elastic ring around the upper part of the stomach. The ring is then filled, or inflated, with saline solution.
  • laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy - The stomach is restricted by stapling and dividing it vertically. The portion of the stomach that receives food is shaped like a very slim banana (or sleeve).
  • laparoscopic duodenal switch - In a biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, the surgeon will first perform a vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedure as stage 1.
  • laparoscopic revisional surgery - Memorial Bariatric Services offers revisional procedures, meant to supplement, correct, or maximize the effectiveness of a past surgery.


According to statistics from Memorial’s Bariatric Services, one of the most remarkable benefits for its patients is the improvement and resolution of co-morbidities, or co-existing health conditions, at three years after a bariatric surgery.

Eighty percent of our patients afflicted with sleep apnea have had that condition completely resolved while it improved for another 5 percent of those individuals. Type 2 diabetes mellitus has been resolved in 55 percent of those suffering from this co-morbidity prior to bariatric surgery. The condition has improved for another 22 percent of these patients.

Similar results have been achieved for those with co-morbidities that include hypertension, back pain, osteoarthritis or urinary stress, among others.

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the country, second only to smoking.

For more information about Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center
at Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Center, visit
or call 1-866-205-7915.