Surgical Weight Management Services in Southwest Michigan - Bronson Healthcare

Surgical Weight Management

Surgery can help you lose excess weight and improve health problems associated with being severely overweight such as metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis. By choosing bariatric surgery, you must be willing to make permanent changes like eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Is bariatric surgery the right option for you?

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old (those younger than 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Body mass index (BMI) of at least 40
  • BMI of at least 35 with obesity-related medical problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
  • Previously tried a non-surgical weight loss program
  • Willing to stick with lifestyle and nutrition requirements after surgery
  • Psychologically stable
  • Willing to attend bariatric surgery support group sessions

Have you seen Cheryl’s story about how bariatric surgery helped her to get her life back? Check it out and read other weight management patient stories.

If you have additional questions after attending our information sessions, visit the National Institutes of Health for more information about bariatric surgery and to calculate your BMI.

Losing weight through bariatric surgery

At Bronson, find surgical treatments and services for your weight health, including:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass – Procedure that helps to reduce the size of your stomach, by bypassing part of the stomach and portions of your small intestine. This will make you feel full quicker and decrease absorption of food in the intestine.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy – Procedure that reduces the size of your stomach by stapling and dividing it. This will form a gastric tube for the passage of food. This will make you feel full quicker and eat less.

Preparing for success

When you’ve committed to making a change, this six-week program is designed to help you prepare for bariatric surgery. Our team of experts will help you plan for the permanent dietary and lifestyle changes you’ll need to make after surgery. The program also includes:

  • A personalized meal plan designed by a dietitian
  • Menus, recipes and shopping lists you can customize
  • Ten private, one-hour personal training sessions with an exercise physiologist
  • Weekly group education sessions led by our team members

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