Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers customized surgical and medical weight loss treatment for obesity. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team includes experts in medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and surgery who work daily with weight loss patients and understand your needs. We are here to support you throughout your weight loss journey and help you establish a lifestyle that promotes continued health and wellness.

Our skilled bariatric surgeons have performed thousands of weight loss operations including the Laparoscopic Gastric Banding (Lap-Band®) procedure. Support groups are available before and after surgery to help you establish healthy behaviors and maintain weight loss.

Medically supervised weight loss incorporates a balanced combination of nutrition and physical activity to help you change behaviors and maintain weight loss over time. These techniques can be used alone, or combined with surgical weight loss procedures to help you achieve your goals. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine we combine the latest research and advancements in bariatrics and metabolism to bring you the best possible treatment options.

Surgical Weight Loss Program

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has an established a team of professionals to answer your questions and concerns as you contemplate bariatric weight loss surgery. Surgery is not the right treatment option for everyone, so it is important to consider all aspects of this life-changing treatment option. Our team of nurses, counselors and dietitians will help you develop a personalized plan to prepare for surgery and recovery, leading to a healthier lifestyle and a new you.

The Adjustable Gastric Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy weight loss surgery at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss Center reduces the stomach size in order to promote weight loss. This type of weight loss surgery is known as a restrictive procedure. We use minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgical techniques for this procedure, unless there is a medical reason that would not allow a minimally invasive surgery.

Restrictive operations serve to restrict food intake and do not interfere with the normal digestive process. To perform the gastric band surgery, doctors create a small pouch by placing a silicone band at the top of the stomach where food enters from the esophagus. Initially, the pouch holds about one ounce of food and is comparable in size to a golf ball. The lower outlet of the pouch has a small opening to delay the emptying of food from the pouch and cause a feeling of fullness. With the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, approximately 80 percent of your stomach is removed and a small vertical pouch in the shape of a banana remains. Over time, the sleeve expands to hold one cup of food or liquid. You eat less because you feel full after eating small amounts of food. You are a good candidate for minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy if you are severely obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above. If your health includes others conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and/or osteoarthritis a BMI of 35 or higher is appropriate

You can expect gradual weight loss of about one to three pounds per week following both the gastric band surgery, as well as the sleeve gastrectomy, along with combined lifestyle changes. Your long-term success is dependent on adopting life-long changes that include healthy eating and regular physical activity.

Medical Weight Loss Program

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss Center offers the New Direction® Weight Control System for medical weight loss. This non-surgical physician supervised weight loss program is customized to your individual needs and is recommended for patients who have a moderate amount of weight to lose, do not qualify for bariatric surgery or have made the decision not to have surgery.

The program provides:

  • A variety of nutritional program options
  • Behavioral strategies for lifestyle changes
  • Development of physical activity routine
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescription medicine, when indicated 
  • Regular medical monitoring (weekly visits)

This intensive, structured program creates long-term weight control success with a focus on sustainable healthy lifestyle habits. You will begin with a physical exam, complete review of medical and nutritional history, lab results and electrocardiogram (EKG). Next, our weight loss team will work with you to design a personalized plan tailored specifically to your food preferences, schedule and nutritional needs.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
For more information on the medically supervised weight loss program, or to register for a free informational seminar, call 765.747.4410.