Heartland Surgical Care: A Holistic Approach to Weight Loss

Written by Brennan Hallock

 Photo by Jami Marshall

Photo by Jami Marshall

Losing weight can be an ongoing struggle. Exercise and diet do wonders for some people, but for others, the battle with weight gain may seem like a lifelong stalemate. The United States especially struggles in this area. Approximately one-third of U.S. adults are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

A reason weight gain is such a complicated problem for many people is that it’s affected by such a variety of factors. This is why Jesse Lopez Jr., DO, of Heartland Surgical Care, approaches his practice from a holistic perspective. “We are a holistic and integrative medical and surgical practice that looks at every aspect of the patient,” Dr. Lopez explains. “That includes their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is important to evaluate these to help the whole person heal.”

Heartland Surgical Care has been in the Overland Park area since 2005, but Dr. Lopez has been a practicing surgeon for nearly 28 years. Dr. Lopez’s practice offers several services to help with weight loss and holistic healing. These include surgical weight loss services, such as the Sleeve Gastrectomy; medical weight loss services; bioidentical hormonal medicine and metabolic treatment; and soon, stem cell therapy. You might be able to find some of these services at other practices in the Kansas City area, but not all under the same roof. “You may have to go to five different places to get what we offer here,” he notes.

Stem cell therapy is a service that Dr. Lopez is excited to begin offering at Heartland Surgical Care. Stem cell therapy addresses degenerative joint diseases, which can occur from years of obesity. Traditional treatment options include surgery or joint replacement, which involve invasive procedures and a lengthy rehab. Stem cell therapy is much less invasive and uses your own body to heal itself. This is done by harvesting stem cells from your body, then taking the cells through a process to separate them. “We can then combine the stem cells with platelet-rich plasma and inject that back into the joint of concern,” Dr. Lopez explains. This causes tissue to regenerate in the joint as you heal. 

Another new service Dr. Lopez will soon provide at Heartland Surgical Care is the Obalon Balloon System, a product intended for adults with a BMI of 30 to 40 who have been unable to lose weight through standard diet and exercise. The simple, noninvasive Obalon Balloon System uses a series of capsules swallowed by the patient over a six-month period and inflated in the abdomen. “This process decreases a patient’s appetite, leading to weight loss,” he says. 

Holistic care involves more than just medical services. It also consists of a person’s emotional and spiritual needs. Heartland Surgical Care addresses the whole person by getting to know patients in a way medical practices rarely do. Dr. Lopez describes the culture as one in which patients feel like family. “If a patient is in the hospital for an unrelated condition, one of my staff members will be on the phone checking on them because they are like family to us,” he shares. 

Heartland Surgical Care also offers spiritual care. “We do a lot of counseling with our patients,” Dr. Lopez says, “and we have a certified Reiki Master practitioner who works with our practice.” Stormyee Edmonson, who is the Reiki practitioner, also is a life coach and ordained minister. She works with patients to ensure their medical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. 

If you’d like to learn more about Heartland Surgical Care or to schedule an appointment, call 913.647.3999, visit kclapband.com, or stop by the office at 14205 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.