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

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

Step 2: Informational Session

You may participate in an info session on-line or during your initial clinic visit.

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On-line Session

Step 1: Watch the Info Session video below
Take Notes!
You will need to take a quiz after watching the entire video.

Step 2: Take the quiz by clicking on the button below.

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. The letter can be faxed to: 734-615-1205


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