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Bariatric Surgery at Spectrum Health

Surgical treatment of obesity is a complicated and life-changing process. Spectrum Health Bariatrics is committed to providing you with the best possible care and an exceptional experience based on your needs. That’s why our team will guide you every step of your journey. From the moment you call our office to the day you reach your goal weight and beyond, we will be there. Because your safety is our top priority, we make sure you are prepared―both mentally and physically―for what lies ahead. 

Spectrum Health Bariatrics is one of the largest bariatric programs in West Michigan.  It is an accredited MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center dedicated in providing high quality care for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.   When you choose Spectrum Health for surgical weight loss, you have a highly skilled team dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Your team includes your surgeon, nurse, dietitian, behaviorist, exercise specialist and other professionals, if needed.

Throughout our program’s history, we have consistently ranked in the top ten percent of nearly 1,000 health care organizations in the country due to our superior patient satisfaction scores.  

The first step in the surgical weight loss process is to attend one of our free surgical weight loss seminars. 

Learn More About Obesity

Hear first-hand from bariatric patients who took back control of their lives. They no longer need diabetes and hypertension medications…and are walking daily or are living their dreams as a personal trainer. Learn how Spectrum Health’s multidisciplinary team approach to bariatrics and weight management is a recipe for success.

  • Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)

    A small stomach pouch about the size of an egg is created. The remainder of the patient's stomach is completely divided from the pouch and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed. The new pouch allows the patient to feel full after only a small amount of food, helping patients to eat less and lose weight.

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

    The left side of the stomach is surgically removed, leaving the pylorus intact. This results in a new stomach that is roughly the size and shape of a banana, restricting the amount of food a person can eat at one time.

Dr. Jon Schram describes weight loss surgery as a transformative tool that can help lead to a more active and healthier lifestyle. Weight loss surgery can help improve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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    Why Should I Consider Weight Loss Surgery?

    Patients who have weight loss surgery are able to lose—and keep off, on average—around 50 to 70 percent of their excess body weight. Patients can also experience a significant decrease in weight-related illnesses, including, in many cases, remission from type 2 diabetes.

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    Insurance and Payment Options

    Many insurance companies cover weight loss surgery, but each insurance has their own pre-operative requirements. If you are considering surgery with us, our referral team can assist you with questions regarding our process as well as questions to ask your insurance company. A self-pay option is also available. Contact the referral team at 616.267.7400.

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