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Bariatric Patient Stories

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that helps patients struggling with obesity and obesity-related health conditions reclaim their lives. Here, patients of the Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery Program share their stories.

Bariatric Surgery

The University of Michigan Adult Bariatric Surgery Program offers a comprehensive, personalized weight loss surgery program designed to help patients reach their goals. If you are struggling to lose weight after multiple attempts, are over the age of 18 years old, and are willing to making a lifelong commitment to your health, bariatric surgery may be for you.

Bariatric Surgery Care Team

The Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery care team combines the expertise of a collaborative, integrative group of professionals, all specifically trained in bariatric surgery and working with bariatric surgery patients.

Bariatric Surgery Evaluation

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing experience — as such, it’s important that patients carefully consider their overall health and also understand non-surgical alternatives. Michigan Medicine’s bariatric surgery care team works with each patient to create a personalized experience, ensure that surgery is the best option, implement necessary lifestyle changes, and help patients reach their weight-loss goals.

Bariatric Surgery Patient Resources

The bariatric surgery procedure is just one step in what is ultimately a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle. The Michigan Medicine Adult Bariatric Surgery program provides a number of resources to guide patients through the bariatric surgery journey. The page provides a list of resources about obesity and weight loss and information about post-surgery diet and exercise.


At the U-M Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, we are committed to preventing, treating, and curing all forms of diabetes through patient care and advanced research. Our comprehensive clinic allows patients with diabetes, diabetes complications and other hormone-related issues to receive state-of-the-art care and the option of participating in local and national diabetes research studies.

Referring to Bariatric Surgery

Michigan Medicine physicians can refer patients to the Michigan Medicine Bariatric Surgery Program through MiChart (search “bariatric surgery”). Health providers can also call M-LINE and ask to speak to a Michigan Medicine bariatric surgeon: 800-962-3555.

Types of Bariatric Procedures

Michigan Medicine performs two types of bariatric surgery procedures, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. Gastric bypass surgery involves dividing the stomach to create a gastric pouch (roughly the size of an egg) and surgically connecting the small intestine to the pouch. Sleeve gastrectomy surgery involves the surgical division and removal of approximately 80-85% of the stomach.

Weight Management & Obesity (Adult) Program

Obesity affects approximately 70 million Americans. It is a complex metabolic disease that occurs as a result of both our genetic make-up and environmental forces. In simple terms, obesity arises from the consumption of too many calories relative to the amount of energy expended.