Bariatric Center

Program Overview Hancock Regional Hospital, in partnership with St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence, is pleased to provide bariatric services to Hancock and surrounding counties.

St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence is one of the premier weight loss programs in the country. The combination of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary medical approach and the experience of skilled bariatric surgeons is key to the program’s success and reputation. The program is accredited as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery. This prestigious designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The program follows the guidelines of the National Institute of Health, The American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the American Bariatric Surgeon’s Society. All of our bariatric surgeons are board certified with the American Board of Surgery and are members of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons.

A Serious Medical Problem

Excess weight has been directly linked to many serious medical conditions including:

  • Cardiac Dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Respiratory Dysfunction
  • Urinary Stress Incontinence
  • Reproductive Dysfunction
  • Orthopedic Problems

Losing weight can halt or reverse progression of these and other conditions. it can often eliminate the need for certain medications. more encouraging yet, studies show that losing as little as five percent of your initial body weight has a real medical significance.

Who is a Candidate?

We assess each patient to determine their own best course of treatment. A key indicator of treatment is body mass index (BMI). BMI is based on the relationship between height and weight as it is associated with the health risk. We also consider a patient’s overall health, lifestyle and personal preferences. Typically patients with a BMI of 35 or less are candidates for nonsurgical medical treatment. Surgical candidates are patients with a BMI of 36 or greater who have significant associated health conditions, as are patients who have a BMI of 40 and no associated conditions.

Surgical Treatment

Long-term medical data, as well as the National Institutes of Health, support surgical interventions for patients approximately 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight.

These kinds of procedures fall into two main categories. The first includes those that mechanically restrict stomach capacity, thus enabling a patient to feel full after consuming less food. The second category includes those that block absorption of calories.

Learn about lap-band sugical procedure.

What Have You Got to Lose?

Following weight loss, many patients report a marked improvement in physical health, as well as improvements in mood, social interactions, job opportunity and overall quality of life.

If you’re prepared to take the next step toward a new lighter life, we invite you to attend one of our monthly informational seminars presented by one of our surgeons to learn more about bariatric surgery!

For more information and to register for the seminar, please call our Call Center at (317) 325.BARI (2274).

Meet our Surgeons

Meridian Surgical Group

 

Brenda Cacucci, MD, an Indiana native, is a graduate of Michigan State University and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Caccucci completed her general surgery residency at St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified with the American Board of Surgery. She is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.

David Diaz MD, is a graduate of the University of Miami and University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Diaz completed his general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified with the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.

Christopher Evanson, MD, a Minnesota native, is a graduate of Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Evanson completed his general surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified with the American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.

Margaret Inman, MD, F.A.C.S., a Chicago native, is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Inman completed her general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified with the American Board of Surgery. She is also a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.