We at Arch Bariatrics practice COVID-19 prevention guidelines as per the CDC and the St Louis County. We Continue to remain vigilant and abide by the recommendations of the local government and the facilities with everyone’s safety in mind. We continue to provide regular services including elective surgeries. Also, we continue to provide Telemedicine/Telehealth consultations as well as in person office visits. Please call our office @ 3148586172 or email newpatient@archbariatrics.com to schedule the Telemedicine consultations and office visits.

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Obesity is a major health challenge and a growing epidemic. Weight loss treatments based  on lifestyle changes, diet and exercise are strongly recommended but may be inadequate to provide desired results. Weight loss surgery (Bariatric Surgery) is a medical necessity in many patients suffering from obesity.

At Arch Bariatrics of St. Louis, we believe that obesity is a disease, which requires multidimensional approach to treatment including bariatric surgery to achieve long-term weight loss. Our team of best Bariatric Surgeons in the Saint Louis region and top dieticians partner with you in defeating obesity and maintaining long-term weight loss.

Bariatric weight loss surgery causes weight loss by a combination of anatomical changes to the stomach and/ or intestine. These in turn reduce the size of the stomach, decrease food absorption and change some chemicals (hormonal changes) in the body. All of this effectively help to lose weight and correct the medical conditions associated with obesity such as high blood pressure, Diabetes, High cholesterol and prevention and  treatment of Pre- Diabetes.

Bariatric Surgery or Weight loss surgery is now commonly performed by laparoscopy or Key hole Surgery. Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve), Gastric Band (LAP-BAND) and Bariatric Revision Surgery   are the common weight loss surgeries- Gastric Sleeve being the most common surgery done by bariatric surgeons at Arch Bariatrics for weight loss in the Saint Louis region.

Whether you are thinking about weight loss surgery, such as Gastric BypassSleeve GastrectomyGastric Band (LAP-BAND) or are interested in pursuing non-surgical weight loss with Gastric Balloon, nutrition counseling, you’ve taken an important first step towards improving your health.

Bariatric/weight loss surgery is advised only in patients who meet certain criteria. Sleeve gastrectomy is now the most common bariatric surgery performed and Arch Bariatrics is one of the leading providers of gastric sleeve in the St Louis region.Please contact us to schedule a no obligation appointment with our top bariatric surgeon to discuss if you qualify for weight loss surgery. We have a very competitive pricing and payment options for patients who want to self pay due to lack of insurance or Insurance denial.

We currently have a cash pay price of $11,111 for gastric sleeve surgery and $6250 for Gastric Balloon Procedure. All inclusive.

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Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Sleeve – Also called Sleeve Gastrectomy or Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, it is the most commonly performed weight loss/bariatric surgery in the USA. The gastric sleeve procedure is performed for patients of all ages, including children and the elderly. …  With gastric sleeve surgery a pateints weight loss happens very fast. To learn more Click here

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass – Also called Roux-Y Gastric Bypass or Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, it is one of the oldest form of weight loss/bariatric surgery to have been performed in the USA. To learn more Click here…

Lap Band

Lap Band or Gastric Band procedure is a reversible and less invasive form of weight loss/bariatric surgery. To learn more Click here…

Gastric Balloon

Gastric Balloon procedure is a new FDA approved, non-surgical approach to weight loss that is proven to help people achieve and maintain significant weight loss. To learn more Click here…

ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon

At Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis, we offer the ORBERA™ Gastric Balloon . ORBERA™ is a safe and effective weight loss solution with 20 years of global experience and real world results. More than 220,000 ORBERA™ balloons distributed worldwide in over 80 countries. Arch Bariatrics is one of the first in the country to offer this new tool in helping people achieve their weight loss goals.

The ORBERA™ balloon is part of the ORBERA™ Managed Weight Loss System, a comprehensive, non-surgical two-part program that includes a balloon filling space in a patient’s stomach to reinforce proper portion control. Data on ORBERA™ collected in the U.S. clinical trial has shown that the average person lost 3.1 times the weight as compared with diet and exercise alone within six months.

To qualify for ORBERA™ you should:

• Be above 18 years old
• Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 40
• Be willing to participate in a medically supervised program

At Arch Bariatrics, we are pleased to be able to offer new non invasive solutions like ORBERA™, to help transform the lives of patients before their disease progresses and requires more invasive treatment like bariatric surgery.

For additional information regarding ORBERA™, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.

Choosing A Surgeon

Choosing the right weight loss (bariatric) surgeon is important, as there are several aspects to the surgeon you should consider such as:

1. What types of weight loss surgery does the surgeon perform?
At Arch Bariatrics of St. Louis we offer Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy), Gastric Band (LAP-BAND) as well as the Gastric Balloon procedures.

2. Is the surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Surgery?
Yes, Dr. Kumaran Chinnappan MD, is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.

3.Is the surgeon Fellowship trained?
Dr.Kumaran Chinnappan is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. He is also the fellow of American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

4.Are the procedures performed by laparoscopic/minimally invasive method?
We perform bariatric surgery by laparoscopic method. The pain is minimal and hospital stay is typically one day.

5. Experience and expertise of the Bariatric Surgeon.
Dr.Kumaran Chinnappan has been performing Bariatric surgery in St. Louis, MO since 2010. He has successfully performed hundreds of gastric sleeve, Gastric bypass, Lap band and revision weight loss surgeries with excellent outcome.

6. Will the surgery be performed at a hospital/facility that has staff specifically trained to care for weight loss surgery patients?
Yes.Dr.Chinnappan performs bariatric surgery at a facility that is designed for bariatric surgeries and has the staff trained to care for bariatric surgery patients.

7.Is there a waiting period?
No. At Arch Bariatrics of St. Louis, we are accepting new patients with minimal waiting time.

8.The cost of the surgery.
Dr.Kumaran Chinnappan is contracted as a bariatric surgeon with most major insurance companies. Our office will check your insurance benefits in advance and your cost will be based on the terms of your insurance benefits. We will assist you in getting accurate insurance benefit quotes from your insurance. If you lack insurance or your insurance does not cover bariatric surgery, we have competitive self-pay pricing available. Also, there are financing and payment options available.

Is Financing Available?

At the Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis, we have partnered with several medical financial lending institutions that offer competitive interest rates, flexible terms, online or mail in applications, and a quick approval process to assist with self pay options for your bariatric surgery. You can apply by phone or online with the following lenders if you are considering cash pay option for weight loss surgery.

Option#1: Prosper HealthCare Lending:

Prosper Healthcare Lending is the premier financing company in the healthcare industry. With over $3 Billion borrowed and over 250,000 people empowered, this is a name and a program you can trust. Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive with a loan from

Prosper Healthcare Lending:

• Immediate decisions for loans under $35,000
• Longer terms for lower monthly payments
• No collateral required
• No prepayment penalties
• Fast & easy loan inquiry process
• 100% Confidential

Apply here to Prosper healthcare lending:

Link: https://www.prosper.com/borrower/apply/funnel/registration?type=phl&provider_id=054308&version=pad_no_ls

 

Option#2: Care Credit for Treatment and Care:

Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis, accepts Care Credit, a card designed specifically for your healthcare needs. If your insurance will not cover bariatric surgery, or covers only part of it, Care Credit can help you move forward with getting your weight loss surgery procedure. Care Credit can be used to finance the surgeon’s fees and facility fees as a self-pay patient for any procedure or treatment such as Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Lap band or gastric balloon procedures.

Care Credit is the credit card exclusively for healthcare services. With special financing on purchases of $200 or more, you can use your card over and over for follow-up appointments or different procedures. * This means you don’t have to put your health on hold until you save up enough money. Care Credit gives you the power to decide when it’s the right time for you.

With Care Credit, you can:

• Get the treatment or procedure you want, when you want it
• Enjoy special financing options on purchases of $200 or more*
• Use your card at over 175,000 practices nationwide
Apply Now or Learn more about Care credit, or please Contact us.

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Visit www.carecredit.com for details.

Links:
Apply now/learn more about care credit:

https://www.carecredit.com/doctor-locator/Weight-Loss-in-ST-LOUIS-MO-63128/Arch-Bariatrics-LLC/

 

 

Option 3: United Medical Credit

Thousands of patients have trusted United Medical Credit to secure affordable payment plans for their procedures. United Medical Credit can do the same for you.

Some of the benefits of choosing United Medical Credit to finance your care:

•Extensive Network of Prime and Subprime Lenders
•Multiple Plans to Choose From
•Decisions Within Seconds
•No Prepayment Penalties with Flexible Terms
•Fast and Easy Application Process with No Commitment
•100% Confidential
•Plans available for Credit Challenged Applicants

 

Apply here for United Medical Credit Loan.

 

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Option 4:  At Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis we accept all major credit cards such as Visa, Master card, American Express, Discover cards and HSA  (Health Savings Account) cards.

Payment Options

There are multiple ways the cost of bariatric surgery (Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band etc.) can be covered at Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis.

Insurance:

Our bariatric surgeon is contracted with most major insurance companies. Our experienced staff will verify your insurance coverage for free. We will provide with accurate benefit quotes in advance prior to the actual bariatric surgical procedure.

 

Self-Pay:

If you don’t have insurance or if your insurance does not cover weight loss/bariatric surgery we have different payment options. At Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis, We’ve partnered with medical financing lenders to provide you with an easy way to finance your weight loss surgery. Our practice also accepts a variety of payment methods for our Self-Pay Packages including cash, credit card, health savings accounts and other flexible financing options.

Gastric Sleeve surgery self pay package – $11,111.
-The cost includes
-Surgeon fees.
-Facility fees.
-Anesthesia and routine pre-operative testing.

Orbera ™ Gastric Balloon Self Pay package $6,250.
-The cost includes
-Surgeon fees.
-Facility fees.
-Anesthesia
-6 months of follow up visit and counseling
-Balloon removal at 6 moths.

Financing:

At the Arch Bariatrics in St. Louis, we have partnered with several medical financial lending institutions that offer competitive interest rates, flexible terms, online or mail in applications, and a quick approval process to help you pay for your bariatric surgery.

You can apply by phone or online with the following lenders Click Here.

Arch Bariatrics LLC weight-loss surgery

We at Arch Bariatrics practice COVID-19 prevention guidelines as per the CDC and the St Louis County. We Continue to remain vigilant and abide by the recommendations of the local government and the facilities with everyone’s safety in mind. We continue to provide regular services including elective surgeries. Also, we continue to provide Telemedicine/Telehealth consultations as well as in person office visits. Please call our office @ 3148586172 or email  newpatient@archbariatrics.com to schedule the Telemedicine consultations and office visits.

Sleeve Gastrectomy Special

$11,111. Surgical Special

All Inclusive!

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An American Board certified and Fellowship trained bariatric surgeon, Dr. Chinnappan has been practicing in the St. Louis area for many years. He has gained reputation for his surgical expertise, experience and commitment to providing excellent patient care.  Learn More…

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5.0

I couldn't ask for a better experience or better patient advocates than in Dr. Kumaran or the staff! I feel better than I have in YEARS thanks to having this surgery.read more
Wendy Wasson
23:57 07 Nov 20
The staff at the office are pretty good & helpful for the most part. The dietician Jessica & the patient care coordinator Katie are absolutely God send! The doctor is trustworthy, knowledgeable, caring & skilled. They all answered any questions & addressed any concerns I've had. I'm about 1.5 months out from my sleeve surgery. I have had no complications. I'm also about 60 lbs down. I'm so thankful & blessed. I have referred this practice to all my friends! Thank you all for everything 💛.read more
Jasmine
16:42 09 Oct 20
I choose Dr. Chinnappan for this program because from the very first call just to get more information about the procedure the staff was very friendly and helpful. I was also able to get the gastric sleeve surgery very quickly. I also wanted to say that every time I have questrion or anything they continue to be here for me.read more
Amber Bates
21:57 17 Sep 20
Dr. Kumaran has helped me change my life! Ive struggled with obesity since I was 2 years old. Dr. Kumaran took a chance on me when other Doctors told me I was "too big" for gastric sleeve! He is the kindest most genuine Doctor I have ever dealt with. Im only 6 months out from surgery and I have lost over 120lbs already and 175lbs since starting his program!!! Im so thankful I found Dr. Kumaran, he believed I could do it with his help, which helped me believe in myself! I still have a long way to go but I am forever grateful for Dr. Kumaran and his staff! He gave me a whole new life I never got to have before!read more
nancy ney
21:51 25 Aug 20
Absolutely love Dr. Chinnappan and the staff at his office. The process was so easy and I always knew what was going on. I am 6 months out from surgery and have lost 80 pounds. I researched before having surgery as I am a nurse and wanted to be sure. I am so happy with the surgery process and even more happy with the outcome. I would highly recommend Dr. Chinnappan.read more
Laurie Barrientes
00:03 05 Jun 20
Dr. Kumaran did my gastric sleeve 3 years ago. I highly recommend him, very knowledgeable and friendly. He and his staff are fantastic!
TheVikingsValkyrie
20:44 03 Jun 20
Very very great experience I have had with Dr. Kumaran, I would’ve never thought I would be where I am without him through this journey of mine I’ve lost 74 lbs in 6 months feeling great. Full of energy. Living a better life. Thank you 1000% recommend to anyone!read more
sherry barrera
15:06 14 May 20
Dr. Kumaran is amazing! From the initial consult to my actual sleeve surgery in October 2019, he has been professional and informative the entire way. His staff worked quickly to get all my pre-op tests scheduled and I had my surgery within 2 months of my first appointment. The results have been shocking! I am down 80 pounds in 6 months and am losing weight almost daily. I could not be happier with this weight loss tool!read more
Marta Mitchell - Krefting
14:03 22 Apr 20
I had such a positive experience at Dr. Kumaran Chinnappan office from beginning to end. Dr. Chinnappan was really nice and took the time to explain and ease my concerns and answered any questions when I had them. His staff was nice, courteous and knowledgeable in their field. The nutritionist gave me all of the information and tools I needed to follow as I entered this journey. Although every person reacts to surgery differently, it important to follow the guidance given from the office to get the best results. I am now 1 year out and had maximum results. I no longer take high blood pressure of cholesterol medicine or have any issues due to my weight. Take a look at my stats:- Highest weight 1/2019: 240 lbs- Survey weight 4/2019: 217 lbs- Current weight 4/2020: 117 lbsI also provided before and after pictures. I found pictures very helpful when doing my research.read more
Kim Strickland
22:10 18 Apr 20
I had such a positive experience at Dr. Kumaran Chinnappan office from beginning to end. Dr. Chinnappan was really nice and took the time to explain and ease my concerns and answered any questions when I had them. His staff was nice, courteous and knowledgeable in their field. The nutritionist gave me all of the information and tools I needed to follow as I entered this journey.Although every person reacts to surgery differently, it important to follow the guidance given from the office to get the best results. I am now 1 year out and had maximum results. I no longer take high blood pressure of cholesterol medicine or have any issues due to my weight.Take a look at my stats:- Highest weight 1/2019: 240 lbs- Survey weight 4/2019: 217 lbs- Current weight 4/2020: 117 lbsI also provided before and after pictures. I found pictures very helpful when doing my research.read more
Kim Strickland
22:10 18 Apr 20
Dr.Kumaran has been nothing amazing from my first consultation, to my surgery and my follows ups. He has to be one of the most caring and sincere physicians I’ve ever met. His office staff always goes above and beyond to make sure their patients are taken care of. They have made me feel so comfortable with my journey and I’m so glad I chose Dr.Kumaran. If you’re looking to get a Bariatric surgery I 10/10 recommend Arch Bariatrics.read more
Charity Witt
14:07 14 Apr 20
Best experience from the very beginning of my journey until today. He gave me great news that I can get this hanging skin removed. Next year this time I’ll be looking like i genuinely feel. And that’s what I’m looking forward too. Thank youread more
Launi Clemons
21:08 19 Mar 20
Dr Kumaran and his staff are simply amazing. I truly felt i had a solid team of people working with me during this process. I had a revision from sleeve to bypass with hiatal hernia repair on Feb 12th and I feel amazing!!!read more
Brooke Ski
21:43 17 Mar 20
Great staff and The Best Dr. At first I was hesitant but talking to Dr. Chinnappan he reassured me in his skills.. And did he!! Surgery went smooth pain free no complications. Thank God!! 6 months out 100lbs down I feel wonderful!!! Thanks Doc and Staffread more
Darian Franklin
00:37 26 Feb 20
Dr.Kumaran is professional,and takes the time to show he really cares. I wasn't anxious,and never had a doubt about his ability. His office staff,and nutritionist were organized and efficient,and friendly! I would HIGHLY recommend Dr.Chinnappan and the Arch Bariatrics Team!!read more
Brooke Moran
05:21 21 Feb 20
Dr. Kumaran and his office have been so helpful and patient with me every step of the way. The surgery was a great success and I can’t wait to get down to my goal weight! I will continue to recommend them to anyone who is looking into bariatric surgery!read more
Samantha Estrada
22:55 06 Feb 20
When I came in weighing around 230 pounds. I am pretty young with type 2 diabetes, my endocrinologist said it might be too late to reverse the effects of my diabetes. The medication I was on was a weekly shot, insulin, and every other diabetic medication you could think of. Thanks to Dr. Chinnappan and his staff I was able to get the procedure. Afterwards, my blood reduced significantly to the point where I only require 2 pills a day for my diabetes. My endocrinologist said with proper eating and exercise I could eventually be even not even require any more medication for it. This was a great option for me, since my insurance didn't cover me for the weight loss surgery. So I had to pay out of pocket, and with Dr. Chinnappan Self-Pay I was able to afford the surgery. I would recommend anyone that is willing to also put in work to get the surgery, when other method fail. Chinnappan and his staff well informed me is that I will get the most of this surgery is how much I put in. That mean sticking to eating well, and also exercising.read more
Tony Nguyen
01:53 30 Jan 20
Dr Chinnappan and staff are fantastic. I met with them in February of 2019 and had my procedure in November. The service and promptness of his staff is excellent, I get called back right away and my questions answered. Dr Chinnappan has been available for all my questions during the pre and post op period also. I am so happy I decided to have the procedure, so far it has been perfect!read more
Duane Rough
21:31 27 Jan 20
I did the surgery 11 months ago with Dr. Chinnappan. My only regret is I didn't do it before. Dr. Chinnappan was great. He was very understanding and explained to me what was needed. He is very easy to work with. He will remember you and really take care of you. His office is very helpful as well. My weight was 426 lbs at it's height right before the surgery. Right now I am at 258 lbs. I am very thankful for Dr. Chinnappan help with getting my life back. I am recommending him to my family members.read more
Amer amer
20:30 03 Jan 20
I lost 120 pounds in about 16 months. I had vertical gastric sleeve surgery the day before Thanksgiving 2018. I followed the doctor's and nutritionist's instructions to the letter. I worked very hard to make sure this wasn't all for nothing. I am very happy with my decision and would 100% do it again. I refer anyone that asks.read more
Ashley Shelton
17:55 19 Dec 19
I was referred to Dr. Chinnappan by a friend who is a patient of his. I was completely against weight loss surgery before my friend had it. Once she had it and I saw her great results, I began to look into it. She suggested this office to me and I set up a consultation. I told them I would not be able to start the pre-surgery process for a couple months and they were okay with that. They checked in periodically but were never pushy. This was a huge thing for me because the second someone comes off as pushy, I'm out. I never got that vibe from this office. They offer recommendations and then let you make your own decision without feeling judged. I had no pain or complications with or after surgery and Dr. Chinnappan has been great to follow up with me and answer any and all questions that I have; his staff has been great about doing the same! Stepping into this office was the best decision I have ever made. It has given me back control of my life! I highly recommend this surgeon and his staff!read more
Ronni Woods
23:51 10 Dec 19
I had the gastric sleeve. Dr. Chinnappan & his staff made the process very easy. The surgery, itself, went very well. I had surgery on 9/4/19 & have lost 50 lbs since my highest weight. I'm so pleased with everything, so far. If you're in the St Louis area and are contemplating weight loss surgery, I highly recommend Kumaran Chinnappan MD.read more
Carol Williams
21:04 10 Dec 19
I’m so glad I chose Dr. Chinnappan. He’s thorough in answering questions. His staff is kind and very little wait time. Surgery was as easy as it could be and was back to work in three days. I appreciate his encouragement at every post surgery follow up appointment. I met with two other bariatric surgeons and was so thankful that I took the time to find the right one. My weight loss success is because of Dr. Chinnappan.read more
Jennifer Lewis
18:46 26 Nov 19
I am one year post sleeve and could not be happier. Dr Kumaran is realistic, compassionate, and did a great job. My surgery was a breeze and Mercy Jefferson was very nice. I have not had one problem with the entire experience start to finish. I am healthier than I’ve ever been as an adult, exercise regularly, and feel good in my clothes now. Best decision ever!read more
Kerri H
01:21 13 Oct 19
Had my surgery in Feb 2019. Dr. Kumaran was so good, kind and professional. He and his staff took great care of me. I highly recommend him for your weight loss surgery options.read more
Melody Roessler
23:38 03 Oct 19
Best decision I’ve ever made. He is excellent at what he does. I’ve never felt better. Health has improved greatly. Will recommend to everyone.
Pam Williford
20:14 17 Sep 19
I had a excellent experience with Dr. Chinnappan. From my initial consult to my after surgery appointments. He was very patient and answered all of my questions and helped me make the best decision for me. He was very knowledgeable about each procedure. Went over all of my options and risks. He is very personable with a great bedside manner. The staff in his office are also excellent they are there for you with any questions you may have and are very punctual. If you request a call back it is almost immediately. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone that wants to change their life for the better. I am 1 month post op and couldn't be happier with my decision. Thank you so much Dr. Chinnappan and staff.read more
Stephanie Null
20:40 03 Sep 19
Awesome staff and even better surgeon. Caring and compassionate, works for their patients and helps in anyway they can through the process. I’d give more stars if I could. I’m so grateful I found him and couldn’t have asked for a better group to help me on my journey. I refer friends and family to him because he’s that good. Give the office a call, you won’t be disappointed.read more
Casey Coleman-Healey
22:25 29 Aug 19
I’m glad to make my Surgery with Dr. Kumaran Chinnappan. Dr. Kumaran was very kind. He explained everything about the surgery, so he made me felt very comfortable to do the surgery.read more
Noora AL-Jarah
15:52 29 Aug 19
I can’t speak highly enough for the staff, the surgeon and my overall experience. If you are considering Bariatric surgery, make the decision to choose Dr. Kumaran and his office. I’m well on my way to achieving my goals, having lost 165 lbs in 8 months. I had no pain and no issues from my surgery and the support and follow up has been unsurpassed.read more
Scott Dale
19:54 22 Aug 19
I am very pleased with the care I have received and the results I'm getting so far.
Kimberly M
21:39 18 Aug 19
If you are looking for a great doctor then you have found him! From the moment I scheduled my first appointment (they actually called me unlike other offices) to my post op appointments, things have been top knotch with Dr. Chinnapann and his team. Everyone from the receptionist to the nurses at the hospital are all on the same page and ultimately are there for you to make sure your needs are taken care of before, during, and after surgery. Having bariatric surgery is a roller coaster in itself and having the right surgeon to walk you through it is key. You will not regret choosing Dr. Chinnapann because I know I don’t.read more
Amanda Saas
22:58 08 Jul 19
Dr. Kumaran and his staff are WONDERFUL! When I first began my journey it was very important to have a professional doctor who also understood me and my issues along with the compassion to help me feel comfortable in the process. I could not have found a better surgeon! It was obvious he cared about my success from the first appointment to every time I have seen him since. He is genuine and really cares about his patients! I had VSG on January 9, 2019 and was back home the very next day and have not had any complications. My scars are barely noticeable now, and my life will be forever changed because of him and his staff! I am now 105 pounds lighter at 6 months out, with a long life ahead of me. I still have a long journey ahead of me to lose another 100 pounds and maintain, but I know Dr. Kumaran will be there by my side and help me through it all! I HIGHLY recommend him and his team for anyone who is ready to take control of their life again. Thank you Dr. Kumaran and staff, you will never know how much I truly appreciate you all!!!read more
Jori Loyd
18:29 26 Jun 19
It took me a very long time to decide whether I wanted to go the route of Gastric Sleeve, but I can honestly say now that I has been the best decision I have ever made for myself. Doctor Kumaran (Chinnappan) is genuine in his approach and I appreciated his communication, feedback and overall positive nature. He has helped shaped my new life approach and can't wait to see where I go from here! I have more energy and it just feels good to feel good. Go for it!read more
L Parsonage
17:32 26 Jun 19
Dr. Kumaran and his office staff are so easy to work with. From my first visit to my surgery was only a few weeks. I am now 4 months post op and have lost so much weight. I appreciate everything the doctor and his staff did for me. I would highly recommend him.read more
Hollie Schaeperkoetter
22:20 25 Jun 19
Dr. Chinnappan is an amazing doctor. In August 2018 when I starting seeing Dr. Chinnappan I had a lot of health issues and had no energy at all. I had my surgery in December 2018 and in 4 months I've lost 85 lbs and I'm currently not taking any medications. All of my health issues are gone. I have tons of energy and can do things like hiking and jogging. Dr. Chinnappan genuinely cares about his patients. I am so thankful for him and his team. He gave me my life back and I can't thank him enough for that. His office staff is alway polite and helpful. I would recommend him to anyone who is considering weight loss surgery.read more
Barbara Dutton
00:52 24 Apr 19
I'm so glad I chose Dr. Chinnappan as my surgeon. He made the whole VSG process go as smoothly as possible. I had no issues it complications. Minimal pain and a quick recovery. Thanks doc!!read more
Celene Harrelson
13:44 07 Dec 18
Dr Kamaran is one of the best doctor's I've every had to a patient for or have ever met. From the time we met him in his seminar at a hotel in St Louis on a Saturday through follow up post surgery, he's been there for questions, encouraging me to keep at it and has surrounded himself with the best staff I've ever been associated with concerning my care. I can't say enough about how the treatment from preparing after his first consultation, the registered dietitian, the hospital staff at Mercy Hospital in St Louis, the two week liquid diet preparation, and so on. I never felt during any part of the process that I "couldn't" do this. The day of the surgery was the best part of all. The staff at St Anthony's hospital, the welcome, pre-op, the anesthesiologists, the nursing staff, the care I was provided in recovery and the one night stay nursing corps that was with me through discharge. The best crew I've ever come across and I've had multiple surgeries in my long military career. I started this journey at 368 pounds, no energy, argumentative, couldn't sleep, walk, exercise and total non motivation to anything. Within my first monthly follow up, I lost 75 pounds in five weeks post surgery!! I went from a size 52 plus pants to a 40. My kids don't even recognize me and the best part of it all? I know when I'm full, I have no cravings like before and I have a long life to look forward to with my wife and children. I'm 54 years old, I shouldn't have waited for this to get so bad to make this simple decision. Follow the plan and you can do this and lose the weight like I did! Good luck, Dr Kamaran won't let you down but you have to do your part. All the best, Colonel Arthur C Price, USAF (retired).read more
Arthur Price
16:59 23 Oct 18
My husband started seeing Dr. Chinnappan last March and had his sleeve done on April 16, and I had my sleeve done on July 16. We both just LOVE Dr. Chinnappan. He is so nice and personable, and genuinely cares that you have a good experience with him. I am so thankful for him and his team that have given my husband and I our lives back.My husband is down 133 lbs and I'm down 65 lbs and COUNTING!We recommend him to ANYONE who is considering WLS.read more
Ruth Davenport
14:11 23 Oct 18
Dr. Kumaran Chinnappan is probably the best surgeon I have every met. I have been doing my research on bariatric surgery for over 10 years. When I heard about Dr. Chinnappan and all the good reviews I read about him and his skills, I knew he was the right doctor for me. He has a wonderful bed side manor and very caring and kind. I love that he uses the Q-ball after surgery. I was pain free and had not 1 single problem from surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Chinnapan.read more
wendi jones
22:30 28 Aug 18
Dr. Chinnappan was a very knowledgeable and competent doctor. He made this procedure very comfortable for me. I’m very pleased with the way I was treated by him and the staff.read more
Peggy Browers
00:03 18 Aug 18
I had my procedure done and in 2months I’m down 80 pounds. I love my life. Dr. Chinnappan and staff made the process extremely easy and very pleasant. I would totally recommend him to anyone. Thank you for helping me change my life.read more
Michael Doutre
02:12 16 Aug 18
If you are considering bariatric surgery Dr. Kumaran and his staff are fantastic. I am 14 months post op (sleeve) I couldn't be any more happier with my results. I have not had one single problem throughout my journey. My starting weight was 233lbs currently my weight is 139lbs. My only regret is not having surgery sooner. Thank you Dr Kumaran for giving me the perfect tool for success!!read more
Amy Taylor
04:20 15 Aug 18
I was referred to Dr. Chinnappan by a friend who is a patient of his. I was completely against weight loss surgery before my friend had it. Once she had it and I saw her great results, I began to look into it. She suggested this office to me and I set up a consult. I told them I would not be able to start the pre-surgery process for a couple months and they were okay with that. They checked in periodically but were never pushy. This was a huge thing for me because the second someone comes off as pushy, I'm out. I never got that vibe from this office. They offer recommendations and then let you make your own decision without feeling judged. I had no pain or complications with or after surgery and Dr. Chinnappan has been great to follow up with me and answer any and all questions that I have; his staff has been great about doing the same! Stepping into this office was the best decision I have ever made. It has given me back control of my life! I highly recommend this surgeon and his staff!read more
Ronni Woods
00:04 06 Aug 18
I am extremely pleased with my experience at Heart of America Bariatrics. I found the facility via internet search and because of the positive reviews, .I contacted Heart of America Bariatrics. The education process for gastric sleeve surgery was thorough. Staff were courteous and efficient. I was impressed Dr. Kumaran met with me the first visit. He is conscientious, personable, knowledgeable. Surgery was a positive experience, recovery was without problems. I would recommend Dr. Kumaran and Heart of American Bariatrics to anyone considering bariatric surgery.read more
Donna S
15:41 28 Jul 18
I was referred by a satisfied patient of Dr. Chinnappan. He was professional, not pushy, and wanted me to understand the procedure which would help me change my life for the better. I was not disappointed due to his surgical skill. I had no pain following the surgery and am well on my way to a bright future. I have so much energy again. Thank you Dr. Chinnappan and staff for your help. I will always recomment you!!!!!!read more
Rita Hastie
17:18 19 Jun 18
I believe if anyone is considering Bariatric Surgery Dr. Kumaran should be your doctor of choice. Very personable. I'm in love with my results. Great facility.read more
Kara Crochrell
15:41 07 Jun 18
Dr. Kumaran is a WONDERFUL surgeon! Everyone in the office makes you feel very important! Thanks for everything!
alicia avalos
02:22 25 May 18
Dr. Kumaran has changed my life. I had the band done years ago elsewhere and it needed out. Dr Kumaran removed the band and revised it to a sleeve. I am not even 5 months out and down 50+ pounds. Thankful for such a caring professional who takes the time to explain everything.read more
Wendy McClanahan
15:12 28 Apr 18
Dr Kumaran and his staff are great. My experience has been amazing.
Tonya Sanders
02:10 14 Mar 18
Dr. Kumaran what can I say. You changed my Life forever. I went to see Dr. Kumaran in April 2017 and I weighed 345 Lbs. I had Gastric Sleeve Surgery on August 9th, 2017 and I weighed in at 292 lbs. By having this life altering surgery by the BEST Surgeon in his Field, I now weigh 217 lbs. I have lost 128 lbs total. Dr. Kumaran and his staff are very polite and very cool. Priscilla Cleary the Dietician, I can't say nothing but good things. You are very knowledgeable and have taught me so much. For anyone considering this Surgery please go see Dr. Kumaran and Priscilla and the Office Staff. You will not regret it. I now see life different and feel a million times better thanks to this man's Ability and knowledge in Weight Loss Surgery. If you don't believe me just look at his website and check out his Training and work Experience. You will be amazed how Qualified Dr. Kumaran is. Also if you have a choice on Hospitals to have your Surgery Festus was awesome. I highly recommend them over St Anthony's . Thanks Dr Kumaran for everything you have done for me. I appreciate it very much.read more
Randy Moak
00:29 14 Feb 18
Lost 51 lbs at the doctor visit 4 months after gastric sleeve surgery. Need to ramp up excersice, but feel good and looking to loose more.
Walter Fett
15:58 13 Feb 18
Dr. Kumaran Is the best around! I had the gastric sleeve and it went perfectly. His office is the only one around that uses the Q ball... After surgery to reduce or eliminate pain altogether. It's amazing! I had NO PAIN. Ask about it. Doctor Kumaran Is extremely Caring and empathetic And so is his staff. Highly highly recommend heart of America Bariatrics with doctor Chinnapan Kumaran!read more
Donna Gee
05:03 09 Feb 18
Dr. Kumaran and his staff are great! He is very informative and gives you all the information you need before and after surgery. I haven't have any complications with surgery. I feel very comfortable reaching out to his staff with any questions at anytime. I am so glad I chose Dr. Kumaran as my surgeon.read more
Katie Seehausen
14:23 07 Feb 18
Dr. Kumaran is great with making sure you are fully aware of everything going into your procedure. HIs staff keeps you informed as well. Thank you all for all you do for us.read more
Angie Purnell
13:14 07 Feb 18
Dr. Kumaran and his staff probably saved my life. Zero complications with my surgery. They treated me well and were very honest.
Daeton DeGrant
16:11 20 Jan 18
Efficient staff, awesome Nutritionist, great surgeon. Made sure I knew everything I needed to know and were helpful every step of the way. Great aftercare as well.read more
Jewel Wright
17:31 21 Nov 17
Although Dr. Kumaran did not do bariatric surgery on me I do feel he saved my life by his willingness and expertise to come in at 4am to do an unusual surgery for me. I am eternally grateful.read more
Pamela Perry
15:07 19 Nov 17
I haven't had one problem, since having my gastric sleeve surgery. I never threw up and had no pain. I had my surgery nine months ago and I'm 13 pounds away from my target weight. I recommend Dr. Kumaran to anyone thinking about having weight lost surgery.read more
Beverly Fortney
16:07 09 Nov 17
Dr. Kumaran and his staff are great! I am 4 months post-op and down 107 lbs. I am so thankful for this life change and would recommend Dr. Kumaran to anyone!read more
Stephanie Beltz
13:31 23 Oct 17
I can't say enough about Dr Kumaran and his staff. From the first time I walked in the door I was treated like I really mattered. I only wish Dr Kumaran was also a primary doctor. I wouldn't need anyone else! Great personality and professionalism.read more
Ann Flaherty
22:58 21 Sep 17

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10007 Kennerly Road, Suite A

Saint Louis,MO 63128

Ph: (314) 690-1527

1400 Highway 61 South, Suite 260

Festus, MO 63028

Ph: (314) 690-1527

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