Is Bariatric Surgery the Right Choice for You?

Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure and requires a patient’s long-term commitment. To qualify as a candidate for bariatric surgery, a person must:

•    Be between the ages of 18 and 70 with previous documented attempts at weight loss if required by insurance

•    Have Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40, or between 35-39 with two obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes

•    Receive a letter of recommendation from his or her primary care physician

•    Be suitable for surgery after further evaluation by specialists

When making such an important choice, it’s vital to choose a program with highly trained physicians and clinicians, a proven track record, and strong pre- and post-operative support programs. The bariatric surgery program at Sparrow is the most comprehensive in mid-Michigan, featuring an experienced multidisciplinary team of bariatric surgery experts. Patients at the Sparrow Weight Management Center receive the highest quality care, including assistance before and after surgery with dietary and lifestyle changes. They receive long-term medical and surgical monitoring specifically designed for the type of surgical procedure performed.

Sparrow’s program has one of the lowest complication rates of any bariatric surgery program in the state, and the Sparrow team has performed hundreds of successful surgeries. The Sparrow Weight Management Center is the only program of its kind in the Greater Lansing area that accepts Medicare.

Sparrow’s program, in partnership with the Michigan State University department of surgery, has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. The ASMBS is the largest society for metabolic and bariatric surgery in the world. Patients can have confidence that the Sparrow Weight Management Center, as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, has undergone a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined for quality.

Bariatric weight-loss surgery can be very successful in helping people deal with a wide range of health complications. For more information on bariatric surgery, call the Sparrow Weight Management Center at 517-364-8080 to schedule a free, no obligation information session.


Panduranga Yenumula, MD, is the medical director of Sparrow Bariatric Surgery and an assistant professor at Michigan State Univeristy.  The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has designated him as a Baratric Surgery Center of Excellance surgeon.








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