Bariatric Surgery in Oklahoma City - Dr. Russell Gornichec

The Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma is a premier bariatric surgery facility serving those suffering from obesity in the Oklahoma City Metroplex and surrounding areas. By offering potentially life-saving procedures such as gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y), gastric sleeve, gastric banding (Lap-Band® and Realize® Band) and a new procedure called iBand, or Imbricated Band, patients have the opportunity to improve or resolve many of the diseases associated with obesity. These diseases, also called co-morbidities can range from adult-onset diabetes to sleep apnea, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Dr. Russell Gornichec, MD, FACS

Dr Russell performs bariatric surgery in Lakeside Women’s Hospital in the State of Oklahoma. In the following video he explains some of the benefits of Lap Band Weight Loss.

Dr. Russell Gornichec, the Medical Director of the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma and of the Integris Baptist Medical Center's bariatric program has performed over 1,000 weight loss surgery procedures and the practice has recently been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. This designation shows the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma's commitment to excellent surgical results and the highest level of patient comfort and care while also maintaining a significant degree of surgical volume.

The Center of Excellence designation must be reviewed every year and for practices to qualify, they must undergo a strict on-site review by an independent team. The practice has also been certified as Level 1 by the American College of Surgeons and is the only dual certified center in the state of Oklahoma.

Just a few of Dr. Gornichec’s affiliations and achievements include:

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, American Board of Surgery
  • Member, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Member, Oklahoma Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

First Robotic Bariatric Surgery in Oklahoma City

In late 2010, Dr. Gornichec performed the first robotic bariatric surgery in Oklahoma at Oklahoma City’s Deaconess Hospital. This gastric bypass procedure assisted by a robot was a great success and dozens of similar procedures have been performed since.

Oklahoma City has been consistently ranked as one of the unhealthiest cities in the country over the past several years. As a result, there have never been more Oklahomans that need help in the form of life-changing bariatric surgery procedures.

But weight loss surgery requires the patient to meet certain qualification criteria including a minimum Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as other standards to ensure that the surgery is indeed necessary.

Adjustable Gastric Banding in Oklahoma City Before and After Pictures

Sheila Donavan had Adjustable Gastric Band in 2007 at the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma and she is now helping patients as a lap band support group leader.


Ramona Gray had Gastric Bypass in 2009. She lost 152lbs and now breathes without getting short winded. You can contact her at 405-620-7173.

Nathan Granata lost 149 lbs after having Gastric Bypass in 2009. He now enjoys the little things in life, such as being able to tie his shoes without holding his breath, and being able to sit in a booth at a dinner.

Next Steps in Your Bariatric Surgery Journey: Attend Free Bariatric Seminars

The best way for those in the Oklahoma City area to learn more about bariatric surgery and the options available to them at the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma is to attend a free seminar held by Dr. Gornichec each and every month. These seminars are very informative and will cover topics such as which procedure may be right for you as well as possible outcomes. They will allow the patient to meet some of the staff and even a patient or two who have already undergone the surgery.

Seminars take place in Deaconess Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, and designated rural areas across Oklahoma State.

Bariatric surgery is an ongoing process that requires dedication both before surgery and for the rest of the patient’s life. After the surgery, patients may need to take nutritional supplements in order to guard their health from potential nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Gornichec stands by his patients to optimize their health post-surgery with quality supplements provided by established companies in the field of bariatric supplements, such as Bariatric Advantage and Wellness International.  Choosing the right surgeon is the first step in changing a patient’s life for the better.

Learn more about the Weight Loss Center of Oklahoma and the bariatric surgical services that they offer by visiting their website at or by contacting Lakeside Women’s Hospital at (405) 936-1LAP (936-1527).

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