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McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

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McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute 6507 Towncenter Drive, Suite A
Clarkston, MI 48346
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(248) 922-6831
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Obesity related type 2 diabetes resolution

surgical options for significant weight loss

McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute in Flint, Michigan has been providing surgical solutions to individuals with obesity since 2006. In 2008, our Institute was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. McLaren's safety measures and success rates resulted in continued approval when in 2012, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons combined their accreditation program with the American College of Surgeons to form the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Our skilled surgeons currently perform three weight loss surgery procedures: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding using Lap Band and Realize brand devices. All surgeries scheduled through the McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute are performed at McLaren Flint. Pre and post surgical care is offered at one of our two office locations, located in Flint and Clarkston.

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G-3200 Beecher Road, Suite MBI
Flint, MI 48532
Phone: (810) 342-5470

Meet Our Providers


Kia, D.O.

Specialty: Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - General



July, 2015

Helen's StoryHelen, from Corunna, Michigan, was tired of the hassles that came with taking insulin for her weight-related Type 2 diabetes. She chose to have metabolic surgery at McLaren. Now her Type 2 diabetes has been resolved and she is free from the daily inconvenience of taking insulin. She no longer experiences extreme fatigue caused by her weight and now enjoy activities that were not possible before her surgery.


July, 2015

PamSurgery June 12, 2009

Surgery: Gastric Banding

Q:  What most bothered you about carrying extra weight? Can you give an example that stands out to you as a defining moment? 
A:  What bothered me was being out of breath when walking up a flight of stairs and my knees hurting so badly. I always had to shop in the Plus size sections of the store and I am short so nothing ever fit in both directions. I also had difficulty putting on my socks and shoes.

Q:  Name a moment that prompted you to consider surgical weight loss for yourself. 
A:  I take care of my mother who has Alzheimer's. It is sometimes very difficult to move her because of her weight. I started asking myself: What if someone has to take care of me? How much trouble would it be? That's when I decided I had to do something.

Q:  What did members at the Bariatric Institute do to educate you about surgical weight loss? 
A:  McLaren Bariatric has a great program. There classes cover everything you need to know to make an informed choice. They cover things you never thought about like body image and reading labels. Everyone there really cares about the patients and wants them to succeed.

Q:  What in particular do you remember from the education and orientation? 
A:  The thing I remember most from my classes is portion control and compliance. The surgery is only a tool. You have to work at it. Is does you no good to have the surgery and eat ice cream every day!

Q:  What did you think of the surgery and recovery in-hospital? 
A:  Getting the Realize Band© put in was snap!! My surgery was at 8:30 AM and I was home by 2:00 PM the same day. McLaren staff was welcoming and caring.

Q:  What did you do to change your lifestyle? 
A:  When grocery shopping I keep mainly to the perimeter of the store. Produce, meat, and dairy...eating healthy can be fun. When eating out I either split my meal with my husband or put half in a box for home.

Q:  Have you achieved the results you desired? 
A:  I am well on the way to my goal but still have a ways to go but it is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I feel better and my knees don't hurt like they did before I lost 40+ pounds.

Q:  Do you have any advice for anyone considering bariatric surgery? 
A:  If you are considering weight loss surgery I advise you to check everything out. Come to the support group meetings and talk to real people that have had the surgery. Ask questions


July, 2015


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