Being seriously overweight is a medical condition, not a character defect or a lack of will power. We understand this distinction, and treat patients based on a medical model, never holding patients responsible or blaming them for their condition.
''Morbid obesity'' is considered as being approximately one hundred pounds or more over the ideal body weight as it is medically defined – or having a body mass index of forty or more. Morbid obesity has been shown to decrease an individual’s life expectancy and significantly reduce his or her quality of life.
"Bariatrics'' refers to the medical and surgical treatment of obesity and the conditions associated with it. Our Bariatric Weight Loss Center is staffed with highly experienced medical experts in bariatrics. Our process is designed to help you find out if bariatric surgery is right for you. The steps in our process are:
To schedule a screening with one of our bariatric experts, call (317) 582-7088 today.
The two types of procedures for surgical weight intervention are procedures that:
At St.Vincent, our experienced surgeons have performed more than 15,000 bariatric surgeries, including a variety of procedures from both categories, and one combination procedure.
After your initial consultation with one of our board-certified bariatric surgeons, it will be determined whether you are a candidate for surgery and which procedure would best meet your needs. Before undergoing surgery, you will receive extensive pre-operative education about your specific surgery.
Support groups are pivotal to the success of weight reduction surgery patients. We organize and proudly offer these support groups free of charge to anyone who has had or is considering bariatric surgery. Groups and classes are scheduled to allow patients the opportunity to attend at least one per month.
Body mass index (BMI) measures the height/weight ratio of an individual. It is calculated by dividing the square of an individual’s height in meters by their weight in kilograms. It is key indicator used to determine if a patient qualifies for treatment.