201 W. Broadway
Building 5, Suite B
Columbia, MO 65203
Dr. Lawrence Drahota
Dr. Robert Pruitt
Blue Valley Surgical Associates is a bariatric surgery facility serving patients throughout the Midwest, with a focus on weight loss surgery and long-term aftercare. The medical team of Blue Valley Surgical Associates is comprised of board-certified surgeons Robert Pruitt, MD, Lawrence Drahota, MD, and eight additional healthcare providers. This skilled surgical group has performed more than 1,000 adjustable gastric banding procedures. The mission of Blue Valley Surgical Associates is to help their patients live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. The center is staffed with experienced caregivers, practitioners and surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive surgery techniques.
Hear what patients have to say about their experience
at Blue Valley Surgical Associates.
The surgeons of Blue Valley Surgical Associates perform sleeve gastrectomy surgery as well as Lap Band adjustable gastric banding. A sleeve gastrectomy involves several small incisions and a laparoscope (a small camera) which guides the surgeon during the surgery. During this procedure, half of the stomach is removed leaving a vertical sleeve about the size of a banana. The resulting smaller stomach will get full with less food, resulting in weight loss.
Lap Band adjustable gastric banding, an advanced procedure that is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries, also involves several small incisions and a laparoscope, which is used to aid in the placement of the Lap Band device around the stomach. Once placed around the upper portion of the stomach, the band restricts food intake, in turn leading to gradual and consistent weight loss. Adjustable gastric banding is a customized weight loss treatment that can be adjusted to serve the specific needs of each patient. The surgeons of Blue Valley Surgical Associates are able to adjust the band periodically by adding or removing saline, which allows them to have full control of their patients' weight loss treatment. The less-invasive nature of the adjustable gastric banding procedure allows most patients to resume many of their normal activities within a few days. One of many benefits of Lap Band surgery is that, although designed to last a lifetime, the device can also be removed, if necessary.
The surgeons and staff of Blue Valley Surgical Associates pride themselves on being able to offer each of their patients, including weight loss surgery Columbia patients and those throughout Missouri and the surrounding area, a comprehensive weight loss program that includes preoperative education and preparations as well as postoperative physical, emotional and nutritional support. Blue Valley Surgical Associates practitioners are on call 24/7 to answer any questions, and/or address patient concerns and medical needs.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our weight loss surgery experts and learn more about your weight loss surgery options, please contact Blue Valley Surgical Associates at (877) 396-8455.
Blue Valley Surgical Associates patients talk
about their weight loss journey
"When I had fallen in the yard and had a hard time getting up, I knew then...I had to do something. I mean, what would happen if I was heavier and I couldn't get up? Who would be there?... I used to weigh 481 pounds, I am currently at 288. And when I think about it, it's like I've lost a whole person...Why didn't I do this sooner?" Kay
"My name is Paula. At my highest weight, I was 275 lbs...For me, being that overweight was just a hindrance to my lifestyle. I like to be active. I like to ride horses. I like to do things...It's not really that I didn't do as many things. I did them. It's just everything was harder...(Now) I get more satisfaction out of the food, and I can eat more normally...get full and I feel satisfied. I'm done when I'm done, and I move on. It's like my brain has reset because my body knows when it's satisfied." Paula
"I struggled with my weight my whole life. I was tired all the time...I didn't realize how bad I felt before because it sneaks up on you. I can't tell you how much better I feel now. I have a lot more energy and I am not taking meds for my blood pressure or heart (problems)...Before my surgery I weighed 320, now I weigh 173..." Wendy
"Now that I've had the surgery, I'm two miles a day on the treadmill. I'm conscious about what I eat because as you start being successful at it, you want to continue being successful. It makes you change your life because you're seeing and feeling results. You just want to keep moving forward. It's a whole new quality of life...I used to be the guy sitting on the bench. Now I'm running around all over the place. Yeah, life is good." Matt
Lawrence Drahota, MD, earned his medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He served his medical internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Drahota is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has been certified to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor and has been in the field since 1987.
Robert Pruitt, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He went on to complete a surgery internship and then his residency in general surgery at the Truman Medical Center at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Dr. Pruitt is a laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, specifically LAP-BANDŽ Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.