Weight Loss Clinic Jonesboro, Arkansas


The number of overweight and morbidly obese Americans currently stands at record levels. This increase in obesity in turn has created a population experiencing significant medical issues triggered or made worse by obesity like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and others. To counter and even prevent some of these weight-related problems, St. Bernards created the Center for Weight Loss in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 200, this weight loss clinic is the place to start. At the Center for Weight Loss in Jonesboro, Arkansas, we offer a number of options including weight loss surgery and complete non-surgical, medically supervised weight loss and health management program. Only you, together with your weight loss doctor, can decide which alternative is right for you.

Weight Loss Surgery

Morbid obesity is a very complex medical disease that has serious economic, social and psychological impact. While being obese is certainly a quality of life issue, it is also the cause of a number of medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea and joint disease. Every day, thousands of people diet and exercise, but may be unable to lose weight permanently. For those patients that are 100 or more pounds over their ideal body weight, weight loss surgery is becoming recognized as the most effective weight loss treatment.

  • Have you tried dieting and exercise only to gain back the weight you have lost plus more?
  • Is your weight affecting your health? 
  • Are you ready to make the commitment to work with our team to help you be successful in your long term weight loss goals?

About our Weight Loss Program

We use a multi-disciplinary approach to your weight loss program. We have assembled a team of professionals specially trained in weight loss surgery. This includes your surgeon, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists, psychological providers, anesthesia providers and program coordinator as well as many others. All team members work together to provide comprehensive care for the whole person including psychological, nutritional and physical evaluation.

The St Bernards Weight Loss clinic offers continuous support and education before, during and after the weight loss surgery. The St Bernards Weight Loss clinic has dedicated significant resources to ensure a comfortable, successful experience for you. We have state of the art surgical equipment and instrumentation in the operating room. Following your weight loss surgery you will recover in specially designed bariatric suites with comfortable size beds and furniture.

Am I A Candidate?

  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 65?
  • Is your BMI (Body Mass Index) 40 kg/m2 or more (about 100lbs over your ideal body weight)?
  • Is your BMI is between 35-40 and you have medical problems such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint disease and high cholesterol?

If these apply to you, then Weight Loss Surgery may be the right option for your Long Term Weight Loss. When complimented with dietary changes, exercise and counseling Weight Loss Surgery allows our patients to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

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At St Bernards, we perform both Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.  Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery has many advantages including:

  • Small incisions
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less time spend in the hospital
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain

Our Team

Our Bariatric Team is led by Dr. Willie Harper, Jr. 

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgery performed by making small incisions in the abdomen through which a small camera and medical instruments are passed. The surgeon will then remove about 75% of the stomach leaving a long banana shaped sleeve that hold far less food. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach which restricts the amount of food you will be able to eat. Most patients have good weight loss and improvement or resolution of their co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is a surgery performed by making small incisions in the abdomen through which a small camera and medical instruments are passed.  The surgeon will then cut away approximately 85% of the stomach and what is left is a stomach pouch that is roughly the size of a golf ball and holds little food. The restriction this causes means you will not be able to eat as much as before . The portion of the stomach that is cut away remains in the abdomen and remains connected to the small intestine but no longer accepts food. The second part of the procedure bypasses a portion of the small intestine which allows fewer calories to be absorbed through the intestinal wall, further contributing to weight loss. Most patients have good weight loss and improvement or resolution of their co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.

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Other Programs

DietMaster Pro™

This weight loss program can produce R.D. designed meal plans and grocery lists within minutes, create meal plans from scratch, as well as track weight control goals and produce nutritional assessments. You will meet with a trained, healthcare professional for individual sessions and a mobile device application will also be available for additional tracking in reaching your weight loss goals. This program is designed for a multitude to assist you in achieving your health goals that may include: weight loss, weight gain, increasing muscle mass for athletes, pediatric obesity, low cholesterol diets, vegetarian diets, heart healthy and healthy aging.

HMR™ at Home

If you like to diet on your own, this weight loss program is the correct option for you.This weight loss program is a meal replacement program that assists you in losing weight by eating the correct portion that is calorie controlled. Health Management Resources is a national company with over 30 years of weight management experience. With this program, you can lose weight rapidly, consistently and safely.  HMR™ products are available for purchase inside the Health and Wellness at the Café on the Mile. 

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR Testing)

St. Bernards Health & Wellness is the only fitness facility in the region offering metabolic testing.  Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) shows how many calories you burn at rest, doing nothing more than sitting in a chair.  By testing your unique metabolic rate, we can help you understand why you have had difficulty losing weight in the past and how you can now be successful. 

Your metabolic rate will be used to calculate Target Caloric Zones. With these Target Zones, all the talk about "cutting calories" and "burning fat" will finally make sense as it applies to YOU! You will learn the calories needed for YOU to stay at your current weight, as well as the amount of calories YOU need to lose or even gain weight.

The cost of a metabolic test is $50.  Call 870-207-7823 to schedule your test today!

If you have concerns or questions, please feel free to contact Gina Powell at 870.207.5677.