Weight Loss Programs - Losing Weight | UnityPoint Health

Healthy Weight Loss

If you think it might be time to lose weight, we invite you to spend time learning about the journey of a weight loss patient. We'll take you step-by-step through the advantages of working with our comprehensive team, the decisions on which weight loss method suits you and then prepare you for what to expect as you take the first step in transforming your life.

The UnityPoint Health Advantage

Health-Team-IconA Team with All-Encompassing Skill Sets

Read about health care professionals who are with you every step of the way. A team of board-certified surgeons, a registered dietitian, a mental health counselor, a nurse practitioner and an exercise physiologist surround our weight loss program patients. They work side-by-side to cover every aspect of your health starting months before you begin a program, continuing through the years after to ensure long-lasting success Through our coordinated approach, patients are able to lose weight in the safest, most effective way possible. Pre-screening assessment, unique weight loss plans; nutritional counseling and post-op support are all important parts of our comprehensive program. 

The Best Surgeons in Weight Loss

UnityPoint Clinic employs certified professional and fellowship trained surgeons who are national leaders and have paved the way in weight loss surgery. Your doctors are national leaders in their field who have been the first to embrace a number of new technologies and advances with years of experience in medical bariatrics. Read more about their individual accomplishments.

Recognized Health Care

Our team of specialists and care continue to be recognized. Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® has recognized Iowa Methodist Medical Center as one of the first health care facilities in the nation, and one of the only three hospitals in Iowa to Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery®. Blue Distinction® is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations.

We are a designated Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). For this designation, the ASMBS requires the hospital or institution to perform at least 125 bariatric surgeries per year, have a dedicated multi-disciplinary bariatric team, report long-term outcomes and submit to an on-site inspection. Over 400 hospitals and institutions are designated as ASMBS Centers of Excellence in the U.S., UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss at West Des Moines and Iowa Methodist Medical Center have re-qualified to be part of the OptumHealth Bariatric Centers of Excellence network (COE).