The Surgical Solution to Weight Loss

Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. If you are 100 pounds or more above your ideal weight you might be a candidate for weight loss surgery. At McLaren Flint Bariatrics our physicians, surgeons and other health care team members are committed to delivering quality care and providing excellence in our bariatric services. Designed to meet the specific needs of the bariatric patient, our program provides support services to guide patients along their weight loss journey.

Our comprehensive Bariatric Surgical Program includes:

  • Complete medical evaluation
  • Surgical consultation
  • Psychological and nutritional counseling
  • Complete pre- and post operative care
  • Support groups
  • Fully-monitored and specially-equipped unit for inpatient care

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Together, you and your McLaren bariatric surgeon will take steps to determine:

  • If surgery is the right treatment for you
  • Which type of procedure is right for you
  • If you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make lifelong lifestyle changes

Expect the prequalification process to include a series of tests. You will also meet with a nutritionist, psychologist, and other support staff members in sessions leading up to surgery. McLaren will help you prepare for the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

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Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

  • Are you 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight and want to lose weight?
  • Do you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater?
  • Do you have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health condition(s)?
  • Have other forms of weight control failed?
  • Are you over 18 years of age?
  • Are you well informed about the potential procedure and risks?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Request More Information Informational Seminar

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Bariatric Surgery Options

Start Your Weight Loss Journey Now

Step One:

Start by watching this informational seminar and learn about bariatric surgery options and the benefits.

Step Two:

After watching the video fill out the patient information form to request a phone consultation with our bariatric nurse navigator.

STEP ONE: Watch this informational seminar

STEP TWO: Request a free phone consultation

Health Crisis Motivates McLaren Flint Bariatric Patient to Win Her Weight Loss Battle

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For 10 years Felicia McGee battled with her weight, and, for a while, her efforts paid off big.

"It started in 2011, when I started having some health issues," Felicia said, "And I lost nearly 100 pounds by 2013."

Then, the pounds slowly started creeping back on.

"By 2020, when the pandemic hit, I was up to 341 pounds," Felicia said. "I had gained back the weight I lost and then some."

A family crisis in April 2020, just one month after the pandemic began, shifted Felicia's focus from the weight gain. Her husband landed in the hospital, infected with COVID-19. Not long after, it happened to Felicia.

"He came out of the hospital on dialysis," Felicia said. "I was taking care of him. I stopped working so I could be his caregiver. But I was also dealing with my own COVID aftereffects."

Not only was she put on depression and anxiety drugs when she left the hospital, Felicia developed blood clots that took an incredible toll in her everyday life.

"It changed my mobility," Felicia said. "I was struggling to breathe. I was not able to function the same way anymore."

Suddenly, it struck Felicia that she might not be suffering so severely in the wake of her COVID infection had she been at a healthy weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is among the risk factors that contribute to severe COVID-19 illness.

"I gained the weight back before COVID, but COVID brought it all to the surface," Felicia said. "I was not enjoying life. I was walking around, and the thought occurred to me, ‘Is this the best life that you can live?' People must reach that moment of clarity. Ask yourself what you deserve."

Felicia, a stress recovery educator, mental wellness advocate, and motivational speaker, said she knew she had to make a change.

"I can't support other people to be well if I am not well," Felicia said. "A moment of clarity awakens power. Clarity comes from awareness and awareness is an internal force where there is a light switch that gets turned on. What can no longer be unknown can no longer be ignored."

At the end of 2020, Felicia's doctor finally referred her to the McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

"He told me weight loss was critical to me getting better," Felicia said.

The McLaren Bariatrics program required Felicia to lose some weight before she could have surgery. She had to see a nutritionist. 

Felicia also had to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Meeting regularly with board-certified health psychologist, Nicole Franklin, PsyD, LP, ABPP was what Felicia calls a real game-changer.

"I was able to get clearer about my emotional connection to eating. It was the way that I soothed myself," Felicia said. "I got clarity about my battle with anxiety, and depression, but mostly anxiety. I became aware that some of the relationships in my life contributed to me not caring for myself well, and food was my way of dealing with it. "

Franklin is the assistant medical director at the McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, and academic director of behavioral health at McLaren Flint. She says counseling can play a crucial role in the weight loss journey.

"Counseling gives you the opportunity to explore barriers to long-lasting behavior change," Franklin said. "The techniques learned in these counseling sessions can make the difference between success and failure. One of the most important weapons in your arsenal for weight loss success is your mind. With practice, you can learn to change the thoughts that impede your success and work to establish new behavioral patterns."

Armed with a new understanding of herself, Felicia had gastric bypass in June of 2021. It was a life changing event she says she felt comfortable entrusting to the McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute staff.

"The level of care, education, and support offered by everyone on staff is unmatched," Felicia said. "They are always attentive and ready to offer what's needed to help me achieve my goals. The care is top-notch, and Dr Kia is the best around!"

While her weight dropped to 181 pounds, Felicia said the number on the scale is not what matters to her today. Her desire to be healthy and enjoy life is what motivates and inspires her.

"I want to live harmoniously, where I love myself, I am happy with who I am, and practice being well," Felicia said. "So, I keep working on being clear about what my goal is. Wellness."

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What Our Patients Are Saying

32 year old female, Lansing

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“I am so happy and grateful I went through McLaren for surgery. The support system is amazing!

36 year old male, Lansing

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“I can’t thank the team at McLaren and Dr. Kia enough for their patient care support and overall professionalism. They have changed my life forever.”

56 year old female, Davison

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“I was looking back at some old pictures. I can’t believe how far I’ve come. It will be 2 years in March. Thank you Dr. Kia for my new beginning. Thank you to all the staff. I will be forever grateful.”

58 year old female, Bay City

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“Thank you Dr. Kia for changing my life 4 years ago! You are the best!”

42 year old female, Flint

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“For my 42nd birthday I went rock climbing. My adventures continue to evolve. Three years out from VSG. Tomorrow is indoor skydiving.”

60 year old female, Flint

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“One of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my life. It’s been a wonderful 3 years. Now if I can quit shopping…lol”

48 year old female, Clio

McLaren Flint Bariatrics

“I would like to thank Dr. Kia and all the staff at McLaren Flint Bariatric & Metabolic Institute!! I’ve been given another chance at life and living it to the fullest!”

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"Bariatric surgery at McLaren was my “reset button” on life."
- Alayna

*Weight loss results may vary and the results shown are not guaranteed.