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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
Patients who meet the eligibility criteria and are considering bariatric surgery can watch the video on this page and then take the required quiz (link on this page).
General Surgery at the University of Michigan Health System is divided into divisions that perform surgeries for a variety of conditions.
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.
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.