Stanley Augustin, MD
Scott Ellison, MD
Lawrence Drahota, MD

Weight Loss Surgical Center

6750 Weston Parkway, Suite 135
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(888) 901-6599

Dr. Stanley Augustin

Dr. Scott Ellison

Dr. Lawrence Drahota

Serving patients seeking adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery with Lap Band or Realize Band in Des Moines and throughout the Midwest

Weight Loss Surgical Center specializes in weight loss surgery with a focus on long-term after care. Stanley Augustin, MD, Scott Ellison, MD, and Lawrence Drahota, MD, are board-certified surgeons who together, with eight additional healthcare providers, comprise the medical team of Weight Loss Surgical Center, a bariatric surgery facility serving patients throughout the Midwest. This skilled surgical group has performed more than 1,000 adjustable gastric banding procedures. The mission of the Weight Loss Surgical Center is to help their patients live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. The center is staffed with experienced caregivers, practitioners and surgeons who focus exclusively on adjustable gastric banding procedures and have earned the industry distinction of Lap Band "Total Care Champions."

Hear what patients have to say about their experience
at Weight Loss Surgical Center.

The surgeons of Weight Loss Surgical Center perform Lap Band and Realize Band adjustable gastric banding, an advanced procedure that is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries. Adjustable gastric banding involves several small incisions and a laparoscope (a small camera), which is used to aid in the placement of the Lap Band or Realize 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 Weight Loss Surgical Center 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 or Realize Band surgery is that, although designed to last a lifetime, the device can also be removed, if necessary.

The surgeons and staff of Weight Loss Surgical Center pride themselves on being able to offer each of their patients, including weight loss surgery Des Moines 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. Weight Loss Surgical Center 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 Weight Loss Surgical Center at (888) 901-6599.

What Do Patients Say About the Surgeons of Weight Loss Surgical Center?

Weight Loss Surgical Center 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

More About the Surgeons of Weight Loss Surgical Center

Stanley Augustin, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency at the Truman Medical Center. Dr. Augustin has been in the medical field for more than 15 years.

Scott Ellison, MD, completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska, after which time he underwent additional training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine. He has received numerous outstanding achievement awards, including the outstanding residency award from the UMKC Department of Surgery.

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.

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