Bariatric Surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital

Surgery can help you lose excess weight and improve health problems associated with being severely overweight. By choosing bariatric surgery, you must be willing to make permanent dietary and lifestyle changes.

Why Choose Bronson Methodist Hospital for Bariatric Surgery? 

  • Our program offers the only fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon in the area
  • We offer a bariatric surgery support group for you before and after your procedure
  • Our all-private rooms help reduce hospital-acquired infections and support patient privacy

Weight Conditions We Treat

  • Obesity (being overweight)
  • Morbid Obesity (being severely overweight)
  • Treating obesity can help with the health problems associated with being overweight, such as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. 

Surgery Criteria

The typical bariatric surgery candidate: 

  • Is at least 18 years old (those younger than 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Has a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40
  • Has a BMI of at least 35 with obesity-related medical problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea  
  • Has previously tried a non-surgical weight loss program 
  • Is willing to stick with lifestyle and nutrition requirements after surgery 
  • Is psychologically stable 
  • Is willing to attend bariatric surgery support group sessions
Visit the National Institutes of Health website for more information about bariatric surgery and to calculate your BMI. 

Register for our information session Bariatric Surgery: Is It Right for You? by visiting our classes and events page.

Bariatric Surgery Procedures 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
This procedure greatly reduces the size of your stomach, bypassing part of the stomach and portions of the small intestine. This will make you feel full quicker and decrease absorption of food in the intestine. 

Adjustable Band
A silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. The stomach is sewn over the band to hold it in place, limiting the amount of food you can eat at one time. You feel full more quickly and eat less. The band also limits the food leaving the small gastric pouch, so you feel full longer. 

Sleeve Gastrectomy
This reduces the size of your stomach. The stomach will be stapled and divided, forming a gastric tube for the passage of food. The rest of the stomach is removed, and there is no rearrangement of the intestine. This will make you feel full quicker and eat less.

Learn more and see pictures of the procedures 

Please note: A physician referral is required for services and treatments. Portions of this program may be covered by your health insurance. Contact your health insurance provider for more information on your coverage.Download our Medical & Surgical Weight Management Referral Form to give to your your physician.

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