Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

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Wright State Physicians Surgery

Miami Valley Hospital
30 E. Apple St.,
Suite 5253
Dayton, OH 45409

(937) 245-7200

When it’s time to change your way of life, Wright State Physicians can help shepherd you to a healthier life.

Our multidisciplinary bariatric surgery team can help you find the right long-term solution for losing weight and committing to improving your health. We will guide you step by step through the process that will help change your old habits and treat weight-related health problems, like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Bariatric weight loss surgery can be a wonderful bridge to beginning a new way of life.

A Personal Journey

Bariatric surgery can be a powerful tool, but to achieve the best results, you must stick to your commitment. We will start by determining if you are the right candidate for bariatric surgery by consulting with our expert bariatric surgeon Joon Shim, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, who will help prepare you for surgery if you are eligible.

You may be a candidate if:

  • You are over 100 pounds overweight.
  • You have a BMI over 40.
  • You have a BMI over 35 that adversely affects your health.
  • You have a BMI over 30 with Type 2 Diabetes.

Following your procedure, you will be encouraged to exercise as soon as you are able. We ask that you follow your surgeon’s recommendations about when, what and how much you should eat and drink. Your surgeon and your entire muti-disciplinary health care team will help you maintain your commitment to a healthier lifestyle after your weight loss surgery. The key to success in achieving your weight loss goals is to stick with it! We suggest that you involve your family and friends, and that you actively engage in a post-operative support group.

Your family, friends and peers can all be a source of support on your journey to a healthlier lifestyle. Bariatric weight loss surgery can be a wonderful weight loss tool to shepherd you to a new way of life. Sticking to it and continuing to educate yourself can help you navigate the journey. We encourage you to share your experience as you grow strong and healthy, eat less, and become very deliberate about when and what you eat to achieve your weight loss goals. Ask your surgeon and staff for additional information on post-operative support groups.


Surgical expertise and a family approach

Dr. Joon Shim, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, is the only female fellowship-trained surgeon to perform the latest laparoscopic surgical procedures, including minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic weight loss surgery in the greater Dayton area.

  • Minimally invasive surgery is performed using small incisions for less postoperative pain, blood loss, faster recovery, less need for pain medication (including narcotics), less wound complications, and a shorter hospital stay.
  • Da Vinci® robotic surgery uses 3-dimensional visualization and precision instruments to do all of the above. The enhanced view and precision results in fewer complications.

Modern bariatric surgery procedures make a smaller incision in order to minimize scarring  and shorten your recovery time and the length of your hospital stay.

To learn more, please watch this video from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. It provides an overview on how we decrease re-admissions with our quality protocols.

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Our number one goal is your safety during surgery

Dr. Shim offers minimally invasive operations for most procedures, including: laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, and revisional bariatric surgery.
Dr. Shim offers state-of-the art, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic weight loss surgery. As experts, we perform the following types of surgery that minimize scarring and reduce recovery time:

  • Minimally invasive surgery—performed using small incisions for less pain, loss of blood, fewer wound complications, and shorter hospital stays
  • Da Vinci® robotic surgery—uses 3-dimensional visualization and precision instruments through small incisions


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Types of Surgery Procedures Offered

We offer several types of bariatric surgery once you qualify as a candidate. You and Dr. Shim will discuss the best option for you based on your lifestyle, weight goals, and current health.
In general, these gastric surgery procedures include:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • Other bariatric surgery options—gastric band, duodenal switch, endoscopic techniques, and revisions


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How Surgery Works

Bariatric surgery makes it easier for you to feel fuller with less food. You and your surgeon will decide the best form of bariatric surgery for you. While each procedure limits the amount of food you can eat, and how much food your body can digest in its own unique way, all forms of bariatric surgery succeed based on these metabolic principles:

  • Restriction—makes the stomach smaller and restricts how much you can eat, enabling you to feel full more quickly.
  • Hormonal effect—alters how the body produces hormones, in particular those made in the gastrointestinal tract, which reduces the feeling of hunger, affects metabolism, and helps improve or eliminate diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Decreased absorption—in some procedures, such as gastric bypass, the surgery helps limit the amount of food that can enter your stomach and small intestine to decrease the number of calories your body can absorb.


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Conditions Treated

Bariatric surgery can help prevent, slow the progression of, or even reverse certain obesity-related conditions such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes—evidence shows that bariatric surgery helps control blood sugar and can lead to complete remission of this disease that is becoming a health crisis.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea—a problem in which breathing pauses during sleep because of narrowed or blocked airways.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)—condition in which the stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach) causing heartburn and other symptoms.
  • Degenerative joint disease—also called osteoarthritis, it is a condition that develops from wear and tear on the body that causes stiffness in the joints.
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)—also called heart disease, is a condition in which fatty deposits, called plaque, build up in the heart’s arteries, which restricts blood and oxygen flow to the heart muscle.
  • Chronic back pain—constant and persistent pain in the back that affects your quality of life.
  • Hypertension—high blood pressure that may have no symptoms but can cause risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Fatty liver disease—is caused by obesity and can lead to serious liver damage.

Dr. Shim works closely with other Wright State Physicians providers to offer a comprehensive education program that will enable you to:

  • Understand your weight gain
  • Identify your strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Make new habits stick

We make sure that you are ready for surgery and have the best possible outcome.

At Wright State Physicians, you will receive nutritional counseling before and after surgery, and consult with behavorial health specialists and psychologists. If you have diabetes, your surgeon may also consult with an endocrinologist to discuss how surgery may improve your metabolism. We collaborate closely with a medical internist if you have high blood pressure (hypertension).

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Research activities

We are part of the extensive Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, which houses innovative clinical research labs. We are able to constantly evaluate new ways to help our patients by investigating new operations to treat diabetes and obesity. Additionally, we are studying established procedures in patients who have not traditionally qualified for bariatric surgery.

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Health Insurance Coverage

There are nationally recognized guidelines about what conditions qualify a patient as a metabolic surgery (weight loss) candidate. Health insurance will usually only pay for surgery when the primary purpose is weight loss. If you are unsure if your health insurance carrier will cover your surgery, consult your surgeon and your insurance provider. Together, as a team, we can start exploring your insurance coverage eligibility.

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