Danny Liu, MD

Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery


Bariatric surgery can be life-changing for people suffering

obesity-related conditions.

Dr. Danny Liu is fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery, which is

also known as metabolic surgery or weight loss surgery.

“Bariatric surgery not only helps patients have longterm

control of their weight, it actually works by

changing the metabolism in the body,” said Dr. Liu.

Dr. Liu is an expert in three types of bariatric surgery: Gastric

Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Adjustable Gastric Banding,

though the former two are the most commonly practiced today.

He has performed approximately 500 bariatric surgeries since

coming to Mercy Joplin in 2013 to spearhead the hospital’s

bariatric program. He performed an additional 300 bariatric

surgeries during his fellowship training alone.

Those who qualify for the surgery have a BMI of 40 or above and

have been diagnosed with morbid obesity. People with a BMI

over 35 can also qualify if they are suffering from obesity-related

medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or

heart disease.

Patients preparing for bariatric surgery at Mercy Hospital will be

part of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary process that includes

meeting with a dietician, keeping a food journal and undergoing

a psychological evaluation.

“We don’t just do surgery on any patient who wants to have

this done,” Dr. Liu said. “We look for patients who are good

candidates for this life-altering change. Somebody who is

committed to following the specific lifestyle and dietary changes

necessary for long-term success.”

Dr. Liu noted that while the lifestyle changes may initially be

challenging, the payoffs are exponential.

“With bariatric surgery, people are able to overcome a lot of their

medical problems and go off many of their medications. To make

these kinds of changes with a single surgery is truly amazing,” he

said. “We are also committed to following up with our patients

for the long term, and see continued success 3, 4 or 5 years out

from surgery, which is reassuring and a testament to the work

we do here.”