Welcome To Arch Bariatrics of St. Louis


Obesity is a major health challenge with no simple solution. For people with obesity, weight loss based solely on lifestyle changes can be very difficult to achieve and even more challenging to maintain.

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 Bariatric Surgeons and dieticians partner with you in defeating obesity and maintaining long-term weight loss.

Bariatric 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 co morbidities.

Bariatric Surgery or Weight loss surgery is now commonly performed by laparoscopy or minimally invasive techniques. Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Band (LAP-BAND) and Bariatric Revision Surgery are the most common weight loss surgeries done by the bariatric surgeons for weight loss.

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.

Bariatric/weight loss surgery is advised only in patients who meet certain criteria. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with our bariatric surgeon to discuss if you qualify for weight loss surgery.

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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.

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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.


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.



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.
-6 months of follow up visit and counseling
-Balloon removal at 6 moths.


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.

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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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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.No: (314)690-1527

1455 Highway 61, Suite B

Festus, MO 63028

Ph.No: (314)690-1527

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