Are You A Candidate For Weight Loss Surgery?

If you can answer yes to these questions, you may qualify for bariatric surgery.

  • Are you 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight and want to lose weight?
  • Do you have a BMI of 40 or greater? - Calculate your BMI
  • 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 so, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Together, you and your McLaren bariatric surgeon will take steps to determine the best option for you.

Meet Our Experienced Bariatric Surgeons

  • Zubin Bhesania, MD

    Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - General

    Location: Port Huron

    Zubin Bhesania, M.D., earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario and completed his internship at the University of Ontario, Victoria Hospital. He completed his surgical residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Dr. Bhesania is board certified in general surgery and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He performs general, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. As a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, he has been performing adjustable gastric band surgery since 2002, and is one of the most  experienced gastric band surgeons in the United States.   Dr. Bhesania's clinical interests include: Bariatric Surgery, da Vinci® robotic-assisted gall bladder surgery, robotic hernia repair, Laparoscopic Surgery, Reflux Surgery, gastric banding surgical procedure, intra-gastric balloon procedure for weight loss, laparoscopic weight loss surgery.
  • Anthony W. Boutt, MD

    Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - Breast, Surgery - Colon & Rectal, Surgery - General

    Location: Port Huron

    Anthony W. Boutt, M.D., earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State University and completed his surgical residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. He performs general surgery, laparoscopic gastric sleeve and laparoscopic gastric band procedures, and endoscopic surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. His clinical interests include: Laparoscopic Surgery, da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgery.
  • Karen McFarlane, MD

    Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - Colon & Rectal, Surgery - General

    Location: Port Huron

    Karen McFarlane, M.D., earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa Medical School. She is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. She completed her surgical residency at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. She completed a fellowship at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Crosby, Minnesota. She performs general surgery, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, laparoscopic gastric band and Roux-en-Y bariatric surgical procedures, laparoscopic advanced surgery and flex-endo surgery. Dr. McFarlane is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. Clinical intersts include: Panniculectomy procedures, gastric band surgery and bariatric revisional procedures, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass procedures, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery

Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Procedures

Sleeve Gastrectomy Bariatric Procedure

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a laparoscopic surgical procedure in which the stomach is remodeled into a long tube about one-quarter the size of the original stomach. During the procedure, staples are placed across the stomach to create the new smaller reservoir, permanently dividing the stomach. A portion of the stomach is removed. Fewer calories are absorbed as your stomach is now restricted in size. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach. This is not a reversible procedure.

gastric sleeve

Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Bariatric Procedure

The gastric bypass incorporates both a restrictive and malabsorptive components of bariatric surgery. The Roux-en-Y bariatric procedure is restrictive as it involves reducing the size of the stomach, usually using staples, to create a small pouch which becomes completely separate from the remainder of the stomach. Part of the intestine is divided and bypassed to provide a new conduit for the new small pouch. A "Y" configuration is created as complete intestinal continuity is re-established by joining the new draining channel from the small stomach pouch to the rest of the intestine. Because part of the intestine is bypassed, not all calories are absorbed in the body and eating high calorie foods may provide discomfort. This procedure has been the standard of care for many bariatric patients as its historical results have been long standing among current procedures done today. 


Gastric Band Bariatric Procedure

The laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding procedure is a procedure in which a small gastric pouch is created by placing an adjustable gastric band around the top of the stomach.

This band is inflatable via an access port that is embedded under the skin. This allows the band to be adjusted to meet individual patient needs. As a result, the amount of food a patient can eat is limited, creating an earlier feeling of fullness.

adjustable gastric band

Bariatric Revisional Procedures

The most common reason patients consider bariatric revisional procedures is weight related, either not enough weight was lost following surgery or too much was gained back. The stomach or the connection between the stomach pouch and the small intestine can slowly increase if there is weight gain after initial weight loss surgery. Some bariatric revisional procedures do not require large open incisions and can effectively reestablish the full benefits of their previous weight loss surgery.

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