Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Lose the weight, gain your health.

Weight Loss Surgery

It’s more than just weight loss. Bariatric surgery can open the door to a healthy new life for people unable to lose weight. Patients who have undergone minimally invasive bariatric surgery not only experienced significant weight loss, but have also improved overall health. These surgeries are available options for patients who have failed diet and exercise, or have serious health problems due to obesity.


Procedures We Currently Offer

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Orbera ™ Intragastric Balloon System


Becoming a Surgical Candidate

To qualify for weight loss surgery a person must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 70
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more OR a BMI between 35-39.9 and a serious obesity related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease or sleep apnea
  • Be an acceptable operative risk
  • Be motivated, well-informed, and able to participate in long-term care follow-up
  • Be willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes to achieve long-term success


About the Center for Weight Loss and Surgery

At the Center for Weight Loss and Surgery, our goal is to help patients achieve successful weight loss, reduce life threatening health problems, and regain active lifestyles. Our multidisciplinary team provides patients with the education, resources, support, and medical expertise they need to achieve successful weight loss and maintenance following surgery.


About Dr. Winkleman

Brian J. WinklemanBrian Winkleman, MD is board certified in general surgery and specializes in endoscopy, minimally invasive, and bariatric surgery. He is also fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Dr. Winkleman is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Winkleman is a physician with Presence Medical Group and was named Physician of the Year at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in 2015.


The Weight Loss Team

Our weight-loss team is made up of dedicated clinical experts who are committed to patients achieving their weight loss goals.

Our team includes:

  • Bariatric Nurse Navigator
    • Meets with candidates and schedules all testing
    • Communicates with insurance companies to obtain surgical approval
    • Serves as a liaison between patients and other team members
  • Registered Dietitian
    • Evaluates each patient’s diet history
    • Assists patients with meal planning
    • Explains and prepares candidates for pre and post-operative nutritional care
  • Your Medical Doctor(s)
    • Assists with pre and post-operative medical management


Additional Program Facts

  • Register for a free bariatric informational patient seminar, presented by Brian Winkleman, MD, by calling 877.737.4636
  • Learn the effects of obesity
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery
  • Receive information on available bariatric procedures
  • Ask questions about our program - become informed
  • Schedule a consultation with our bariatric nurse navigator today at 800.488.0663.


The support you need.

Whether you’re considering bariatric surgery or had the surgery, our team is here to support you on your health care journey. Our Bariatric Support Group takes place on the third Monday of each month. Guest speakers address relevant topics while participants share experiences and concerns. We invite you to join us.


Learn more

For more information about the Center for Weight Loss and Surgery, call 800.488.0663 or visit the Bariatric Department in Suite 1-072 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

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