Our board-certified general surgeons specialize in bariatric surgery,
breast surgery, hiatal hernia surgery, gastrointestinal/ abdominal surgery,
laparoscopic/ minimally-invasive surgery and skin/soft-tissue surgery.
Dr. Sigi Joseph is board certified, fellowship-trained general, laparoscopic and weight
loss surgeon with United Surgical Associates of Kansas City. Dr Joseph
is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He earned his medical
degree at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India and completed
basic surgical training in the United Kingdom at the Royal College of
Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. He then completed surgical residency
from University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO and then a fellowship in
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine
in Houston, TX.
Obesity - Rapidly Expanding Problem
In the past 20 years, obesity has doubled to the point at which three in
five Americans are either overweight or obese. This has led to more than
300,000 premature deaths each year. Obesity has widespread medical, psychosocial
and economic impacts.
Unfortunately, the response to medical treatment options including diet,
exercise, behavior modification and medication is poor. Most people regain
nearly 67 percent of weight lost is regained in five years. Surgery is
the only proven modality for long-term, sustained weight loss and resolution
of associated conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea,
reflux and back/joint pain.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy achieves weight loss by restricting the
amount of food that the stomach can hold.Intestinal bypassing is not done.
A staple line divides the stomach and a "sleeve" of a stomach
is left that reduces the stomach to less than one third of its original
size (about the size of a banana). The other two-thirds of the stomach
The data at three years indicates that 65-75 percent of excess body weight
is lost. The resolution of associated conditions is relative to the amount
of weight loss.
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Obesity A Rapidly Expanding Problem
Laproscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
This operation achieves weight loss by restricting the amount of food
the stomach can hold. No intestinal bypassing is done. A staple line divides
the stomach and a “sleeve” of stomach is left that reduces
the stomach to less than one-third of its originalsize (about the size
of a banana). The other two-thirds of the stomach is removed. The data at three years indicates that
65-75 percent of excess body weight is lost. Resolution of conditions
is relative to the amount of weight lost.
Greater than 70 percent of insurance companies currently cover bariatric
operations because they are beginning torecognize obesity’s association
with conditions such as those mentioned above and when patients undergo
these operations, they are significantly improving their health. For example,
52 percent of patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy and 28 percent of
those undergoing LAP-BAND placement are cured of their diabetes.
Approved Indications for Surgery
• BMI of 40 or >100 pounds over ideal body weight
• BMI of 30 with one or more obesity-related
• Patients who have failed conservative weight
• Must be > 17 years old
Bariatric Support Group
Bariatric Support Group is for patients who have had bariatric surgery
and for patients considering bariatric surgery. Family members are welcome
to attend, there is no cost to participate in this support group.
All meetings are from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Support Group Dates
St. Joseph Medical Center
Bldg D, Community Center for Health and Education
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, MO 64114
For more questions or more information, contact
Jennifer Lindquist, RDN, LDN
Outpatient Clinical Dietitian
We offer two convenient locations and make every effort to schedule patients
to see our surgeons within the week.
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for all your appointments to allow
our staff time to update your medical records. Please bring your insurance
card and co-payment, if required. We also encourage you to bring a list
of any questions or concerns you would like to be addressed by our physicians.
A physician is on call 24/7. In case of a medical emergency, please go
to the nearest hospital or call 9-1-1. You may call our office after-hours
and leave a message with your name, the nature of your concern and a call-back
number. The physician on call will be paged and will return your call.
Locations and Hours
930 Carondelet Drive
Building C, Suite 201
Kansas City, MO 64114
Monday - Friday
8 am-4:30 pm