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Saginaw, MI 48601
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Not Everyone Is a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

Undergoing surgery to achieve weight loss is a serious decision. It’s not appropriate for everyone who wants to lose weight. In addition to healthy weight management, surgery is the first step to a variety of changes in your daily lifestyle.

Each Patient Must Meet Specific Eligibility Criteria

The St. Mary’s of Michigan Bariatric program carefully screens all candidates using a range of physical and psychological tests. The National Institute of Health (NIH) considers a person "obese” if he/she weighs 20 percent more than his/her ideal body weight. Other eligibility factors include:
  • Body mass index (BMI) between 35.0 and 39.0 with documented related health issues (co-morbidities) OR
  • BMI greater than 40 AND
  • Individuals aged 18-64 are considered regular candidates; individuals 16-18 or over 64 years of age are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Documented, failed attempts at other medically managed weight-loss programs
  • A psychological exam to determine if the bariatric patient is mentally ready for the lifestyle changes required
  • Other studies, as indicated for each individual

What if I don't Qualify for Surgery

If you don’t qualify as a candidate for bariatric surgery, don’t despair. We are prepared to help you find the best solution to help you achieve your weight-loss management goals. We offer a weight management program that teaches and encourages you to eat healthy and enjoy an active lifestyle. This in-depth program is catered to each patient. We don’t give you packaged foods to eat we offer education and guidance to maintain a healthy weight. Please call (989) 907-8716 for details.

This is Not a "Quick Fix" - It Is a Lifelong Commitment

Because all of the three bariatric surgery procedures performed are considered major surgery — and because long-term success often involves factors beyond the scope of the surgery itself — candidates will be counseled and evaluated by an experienced team of professionals. 

Patients should also be aware, even with a successful procedure and great will power, some patients may not achieve their weight-loss goals — and that some patients may regain some of the lost weight over time. The amount of weight regain may vary by extent of obesity and type of surgery. Your doctor will discuss the specific details for the procedure you are considering.

Will Insurance Cover Surgery?

Insurance coverage for bariatric surgery varies. Most insurance companies that provide reimbursement require patients to meet certain selection criteria. If you are considering surgery with us, please contact your insurance carrier to learn more about your specific benefits and Medicare coverage options. If you need help determining your eligibility for coverage, we can help. For those without insurance or individuals with plans that do not cover bariatric surgery, a self-pay option is also available.

We're With You Every Step of the Way

The St. Mary’s of Michigan Bariatric program has had a high level of success helping patients achieve their goals and stick with them over time. But you must be willing to commit to changing habits and having medical follow-up for the rest of your life. 

If you’re not a candidate for bariatric surgery, St. Mary’s also offers nutritional options that can help you lose weight — and gain back your life. 

If you have additional questions, please call (989) 907-8716. 

800 South Washington Avenue | Saginaw, MI 48601 |
(989) 907-8000 | 1-844-907-8000
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