Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss
Bariatrics addresses the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity
Our experts provide non-surgical and surgical treatment options to help you manage your weight.
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Indiana University Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss delivers the highest quality of care and compassion to obese and overweight patients. Named a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program—Accredited Center, our program is recognized as having a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Our academic affiliation with Indiana University gives us access to cutting edge research, nationally renowned scientists, and the latest advancements in the fields of bariatrics and metabolism.
IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss offers a customized approach to surgical weight loss. We also offer a non-surgical, medically-supervised weight loss program at IU Health Arnett Hospital and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for those who do not qualify for or who may not want surgery. Unless there is a medical reason not to do so, all bariatric surgeries are performed laparoscopically, which means that several small incisions are made instead of one large incision, typically resulting in less pain, a faster recovery and less scarring.
Our team will be with you throughout your weight loss journey
Our specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care, compassion and support throughout the entire weight loss process to promote vital, long-term success. The surgeons at IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss, many of whom are recognized as leaders and educators in the field, have performed thousands of weight loss operations, and published in numerous academic journals and textbooks. All staff members are deeply committed to the science and art of caring for morbidly obese and overweight patients. Some of our staff have had weight loss surgery and have a personal perspective that allows them to share valuable knowledge and advice.
Bariatric surgery can be a tool used to help you achieve your weight loss goals. However, pursuing surgical weight loss is not for everyone. Our team’s mission is to give you the information you need to make the choice that is right for you.
Our services include but are not limited to:
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Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass Surgery is the primary surgery performed by IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss and is the most common and successful malabsorptive surgery. This bypass reduces the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed by the body and can be performed by either traditional open surgery or laparoscopically. The Roux-en-y technique is generally more effective in reversing health problems associated with serve obesity.
Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric Band Surgery uses an Adjustable Gastric Band to restrict the size of the stomach and restrict food intake while not interfering with the normal digestive process. Successful surgery results depend on the patient’s willingness to adopt a long-term plan of healthy eating habits and regular physical activity to reach their weight loss goal.
Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery
Surgical Gastrectomy surgery reduces the stomach to about ¼ of its originally size by surgically removing a large portion of the stomach. This surgery has a high safety profile and is an ideal option for patients with previous extensive intestinal surgery or dense adhesions due to the fact it is performed laparoscopically, does not include an anastomosis, and the intestines are not manipulated. Additionally, there are less nutritional consequences because there is no intestinal bypass, placed foreign body or need for postoperative adjustments.
Revisional Bariatric Surgery is corrective surgery to alter or repair previous weight loss surgeries that have failed. Patients whose previous bariatric surgery produced undesirable or inherent limited outcomes are possible candidates for revisional surgery. However, all surgeries are risky and run the chance for complications. Common risk factors associated with bariatric surgery include respiratory and cardiac problems, blood clots, leaks and infections.
Non-Surgical Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Our non-surgical medically supervised weight loss program is a customized program, tailored for ages 18 to 68, offering medical monitoring, a variety of nutritional programs, behavioral strategies for lifestyle changes, physical activity and prescription medications when indicated. Your weight loss plan is tailored to you and takes into consideration your food preferences, schedule and nutritional needs.
Additional services include:
- LAP-BAND® and Realize band replacements
- PositiveLite medically managed weight loss program
- Nutritional counseling
- Fitness training
- Support groups before and after surgery
- Wellness coaching
- Health history and medical assessment
Partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine
Our partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine gives our team access to leading edge research, nationally-known scientists and the latest advancements in the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity.
The IU School of Medicine also offers a Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship, which includes training in bariatric surgery.
Indiana University Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
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