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What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatrics is the field of medicine that specializes in treating obesity, or the severely overweight. Surgery to help with weight loss is called bariatric surgery. The Sparrow Bariatric Surgery Program offers multiple surgical options for significant weight loss. Your surgeon and Sparrow’s multidisciplinary team of bariatric specialists will help you decide which of these procedures is best for you and your personal medical history.

Is bariatric surgery right for me?

Statistically, only 10 percent of people who diet and exercise are able to keep it off long term. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is much more successful at helping people not only lose weight, but keep it off. To qualify for surgery, you must be between the ages of 18 and 65 (Surgery may be performed over age 65 at the discretion of the surgeon.) You also need to be morbidly obese. To be considered morbidly obese, your BMI must be 35 with two obesity related conditions, or a BMI of 40 or above. Calculate your BMI right now by clicking here. If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is highly encouraged that you discuss this with your doctor and confirm your insurance benefits for weight loss surgery. Get Started.

Why Sparrow?

At Sparrow we offer comprehensive services through a nationally recognized bariatric surgical team and the multidisciplinary support of a diabetes/endocrinology, exercise physiology, physical therapy, behavioral services, and registered dietitians all in one convenient location. Our complication rates for bariatric surgery are very low as are our percentage of re-admissions and re-operations for bariatric surgery Patients. Sparrow has a dedicated bariatric surgery floor where our staff is focused on the unique care of this Patient population, making them the most experienced in the region. Our consistently high quality surgical outcomes have earned our program the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a Blue Distinction Center for Gastric Banding and a Blue Distinction Center+ for Gastric Stapling from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Who performs the surgery?

Mindy Lane,  D.O., F.A.C.O.S., F.A.S.M.B.S. Dr. Lane is a Michigan native who graduated at the top of her class from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996. She completed her General Surgery residency in 2001 at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, and is a board-certified General Surgeon. Dr. Lane is a minimally invasive surgeon who has dedicated her career to bariatric surgery. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and also serves as the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Sparrow Hospital.

Kosisochi Obinwanne, M.D. Dr. Obinwanne graduated in 2001 from the University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, in Nigeria. He completed his General Surgery residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina, and is a board-certified General Surgeon by the American Board of Surgery. His fellowship training in Bariatric Surgery/General Surgery was completed at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in Wisconsin. Dr. Obinwanne is a minimally invasive surgeon who has dedicated his career to performing bariatric and general surgical procedures, such as: cholecystectomy, hernia repairs, stomach intestinal and colon surgery, appendectomy and splenectomy.

What is a medically supervised weight loss program and do I have to participate in one?

A medically supervised weight loss program is when you are changing your eating habits and you are “supervised” by someone. This may include a conventional food program or a food replacement program such as meals or shakes that are purchased or provided. Whether you need to participate in one of these prior to surgery depends on your insurance. Different insurance companies require different things. Some insurances require 12 weeks of a supervised weight loss program, some require 6 months, and some do not require one. Regardless of whether your insurance requires a weight loss regimen prior to surgery, you will still need to see the dietician, the behaviorist, and the exercise specialist. Research has demonstrated that surgical outcomes improve with multidisciplinary education prior to surgery.

Why do I need a physical when I start Sparrow’s weight loss program?

At your intake physical, the physician (or an advance practice provider) will get your health history and make sure you are a good surgical candidate. You will also meet with a medical assistant who will go over your insurance requirements and the cost of the program.

What will it cost?

Cost varies depending on the program that is best for you. After your intake physical, you will be given your estimated financial investment. Sparrow Bariatric Services offers an extended payment plan with no interest or service charges. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are also accepted.

Do you accept Medicare?

Yes. In fact, Sparrow’s is the only program in the area that accepts Medicare for bariatric surgery Patients.

I am interested in bariatric surgery… what’s the next step?

Call 1.800.Sparrow or 517.364.8100