Undergoing bariatric surgery is a life-changing experience that requires a careful consideration of your overall health as well as understanding non-surgical alternatives. Our program provides a personalized experience using a multidisciplinary approach to ensure that surgery is safe and that you reach your weight loss 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 process begins by attending an on-line or in-person informational meeting that provides the necessary details about surgery, our comprehensive approach and the need for medical follow up. Afterwards, you will undergo a medical, dietary and psychological evaluation. Our multidisciplinary review committee will evaluate all of your records and create a personalized letter with your specific risks of surgery as well as the expected amount of weight loss you may achieve at 1 year. You may need to complete additional requirements before surgery depending on your health and specific insurance requirements. These requirements will be included with the review committee letter in a check-list format.


Step 1: Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)





To qualify for weight loss surgery:

You must be 18 years or older.
There is no maximum age for surgery

Your BMI must be:

40 or more
or
35 or more
and
you must have weight-related illnesses such as:
Diabetes
High blood pressure
High Cholesterol
Sleep apnea
Asthma
Heart disease
Arthritis
Acid reflux



Please Note:
Due to higher complication rates, your BMI must be less than 65 to be considered for surgery.



Step 2: Attend an Informational Session



You may participate in an info session on-line or in person.

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On-line Session


To complete an on-line info session, watch the entire video and then click here.
Take Notes! You will be asked about your comprehension of the video.




Group Session



If you would like to attend an info session in person please call (734) 936-5738 to schedule.

It’s free.
Each session is 2 hours in length and is led by a bariatric surgeon and dietitian or PA.
Session are held in a group format along with other interested applicants.
Learn about our program, meet members of the team and have your questions answered.



Step 3: Fill out a Health History Questionnaire



The Road to Surgery



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Insurance Requirements



Your insurance carrier may have additional requirements prior to bariatric surgery. Please contact your insurance provider for more details. We have provided a list of important insurance questions to guide your conversation with your provider




Medically Supervised Weight Loss Documentation



Some insurance carriers require 3, 6, or 12 consecutive months of documentation. This is accomplished by having your primary care physician document your medical weight loss using the form below. If you are patient within the Michigan Medicine health system, you may attend our dedicated clinic for medically supervised weight loss prior to surgery by calling 734-936-5738.


Primary Care Physician Letter



Your insurance carrier will request a letter from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or referring physician in support of your choice of undergoing bariatric surgery within our comprehensive program. For your convenience, we have provided a letter (below) that your PCP can use.