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Bariatric Center of Michigan at McLaren Port Huron

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Bariatric Center of Michigan at McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060
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(810) 987-1532
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Bariatric Surgery and Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

Laparoscopic surgery is a form of "minimally invasive" surgery. Instead of making the large incision needed for an open procedure, the surgeon performs the surgery by making several small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon uses a small fiber optic camera and specialized instruments that are inserted through these tiny incisions. As a result, patients generally have less pain than with an open procedure and there is a shorter recovery period. All three bariatric procedures are performed laparoscopically.

The McLaren Port Huron Bariatric Center of Michigan is Accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility

Adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery has been performed at McLaren Port Huron since March, 2002. The Port Huron Hospital LAP-BAND® Center of Michigan was the first comprehensive weight loss surgery center dedicated exclusively to LAP-BAND® surgery in the state of Michigan.

The McLaren Port Huron Bariatric Center of Michigan's hospital surgery program includes a complement of support services provided by specially-trained bariatric professionals. These physicians, nurses, medical assistants, radiologic technologists and dietitians guide patients through their transition.

Our Staff:

  • RN, Bariatric Program Coordinator
  • Insurance/Financial Counselor
  • RD, Dietitian
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Assistants

Our Surgeons

  • Dr. Zubin Bhesania
  • Dr. Karen McFarlane
  • Dr. Anthony Boutt

Seminar Dates and Times

If you are interested in bariatric surgery, the first step is to register for one of the bariatric surgery informational seminars. The seminars are free and attendees are able to ask questions and to meet the physicians who perform the procedures. The seminars are about one hour long and attendance is a requirement for surgery. 

Bariatric Surgery Services Informational Seminar
Thursday, January 3, 2019
3rd Floor Wismer Classroom- McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Ave Port Huron, MI 48060
Health Access at 1-800-228-1484 or locally at 810-989-3199
Bariatric Surgery Services Informational Seminar
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
3rd Floor Wismer Classroom- McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Ave Port Huron, MI 48060
Health Access at 1-800-228-1484 or locally at 810-989-3199
Bariatric Surgery Services Informational Seminar
Saturday, January 12, 2019
3rd Floor Wismer Classroom- McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Ave Port Huron, MI 48060
Health Access at 1-800-228-1484 or locally at 810-989-3199
Bariatric Surgery Services Informational Seminar
Monday, January 14, 2019
3rd Floor Wismer Classroom- McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Ave Port Huron, MI 48060
Health Access at 1-800-228-1484 or locally at 810-989-3199
Bariatric Surgery Services Informational Seminar
Monday, February 4, 2019
3rd Floor Wismer Classroom- McLaren Port Huron 1221 Pine Grove Ave Port Huron, MI 48060
Health Access at 1-800-228-1484 or locally at 810-989-3199

Seminar Purpose: To learn about the surgical weight loss options from the bariatric surgeons who perform the procedures at McLaren Port Huron. Seminar content will vary by presenter. You must register in advance for the seminars. You may register online or by contacting HealthAccess by email HealthAccess or phone (800) 228-1484 or (810) 989-3199.

Patient forms and information for those having bariatric surgery

Your Insurance Company:

Check with your insurance company to see if bariatric surgery is a covered procedure. They will need the following information:
  • Diagnosis Code:
  • 278.01 (morbid obesity)
  • Procedure Code:
    • 43235 (esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
    • 43239 (esophagogastroduodenoscopy with biopsy)
    • 43644 (gastric bypass)
    • 43770 (gastric banding)
    • 43775 (gastric sleeve)
  • This is considered an inpatient surgery

Financial/Insurance Consultation:

A representative from McLaren Port Huron will contact you after your seminar attendance to review your insurance and any concerns regarding surgery.

Letter from your Medical Doctor:

A letter must be submitted to the Bariatric Center of Michigan stating any medical conditions caused by obesity (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, reflux, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, urinary stress incontinence), a statement that you would benefit by this procedure (that is medically necessary), and that your physician is giving medical clearance for you to have surgery. This letter must include documentation that you have been clinically evaluated by an MD or DO who has documented failed weight loss. Some insurance companies require a structured, professionally or physician-supervised weight loss program for a minimum of 6 to 12 consecutive months prior to the recommendation for bariatric surgery.

  • Please mail or fax this letter to: McLaren Port Huron, Wismer 3rd Floor, 1221 Pine Grove Avenue, Port Huron, Michigan 48060; fax 810.987.1532.
  • If no pre-authorization is needed from your insurance company, all clearance letters, including those from your primary care provider and mental health provider, must be received at least 4 weeks prior to surgery. If pre-authorization is required, letters must be received at least 10 weeks prior to surgery. If letters are not received, surgery will be postponed.

Behavioral Assessment:

The Bariatric Center of Michigan can provide contact information for local agencies that can perform the assessment, or you may contact someone on your own. Check the cost of this service, as some insurance companies do not cover this service and prices will vary from office to office. This assessment will evaluate the understanding of lifestyle changes that occur with bariatric surgery.

Nutritional Assessment:

This must be performed at McLaren Port Huron by our dietitian, who is trained in special diet considerations for bariatric surgery patients. Two one-hour sessions will be scheduled prior to surgery. You will also meet with our dietitian after clinic visits throughout your first year. Other appointments may be scheduled on an as-needed basis following your surgery. For additional appointments or questions, call the McLaren Port Huron dietitian's office at 810.989.3321.

Lab Work:

An order for blood work will be given to you during your initial screening with the surgeon. Please follow the instructions given with this order. A second set of labs will be done to evaluate health status and must be completed within 30 days of surgery date.

Sleep Study:

The physician will evaluate the need for a sleep study and will discuss this with you. This may or may not be required.

Additional clearances: may be required depending on health issues, and will be done at surgeon request.

Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program Documentation

Request physician order form from the Bariatric Center of Michigan at 810.989.3328

Food and Exercise Log Instructions

    To meet insurance requirements for bariatric surgery, your insurance also requires a Food and Exercise Journal.

    See below for a description of how to keep a Food and Exercise Journal.

    Use any one of the following three choices:

    • Bariatric Center Food & Activity Diary form to record ALL food intake and activity.
    • Enter electronically using the journals available at www.myfitnesspal.com or www.sparkpeople.com.
    • Use the sample journal provided and write your daily food and exercise in a spiral notebook. Continue to keep the journal during your entire supervised weight loss journey.

    Journal entries must be printed and provided to the surgeon and the registered dietitian during your visits.

    The documentation required by your insurance provider cannot be changed by your primary care physician or your bariatric surgeon, even in cases where surgery is recommended by your physician(s) to correct other medical concerns.

    Please contact the Bariatric Center of Michigan at 810.989.3328 with any questions. We will be happy to help you. 

Primary Care Physician:

Please provide a medically cleared for surgery letter to include the following contents:

Psychiatric Assessment Requirements letter

  • McLaren Port Huron Outpatient Counseling
    810.984.5156
  • Dr. Robert Bauer
    810.984.8650
  • Dr. Nancy Rietdorf
    810.985.8000
  • Blue Water Counseling
    810.985.5125
  • Note: You may choose any provider who is a licensed psychologist or Psychiatrist.

Meet Our Providers

 

Zubin
Bhesania, MD

Specialty: Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - General
Sub Specialty: Bariatric Surgery, da Vinci® robotic assisted gall bladder surgery, robotic hernia repair, Laparoscopic Surgery, Reflux Surgery, Lap-Band® Surgical Procedure, intragastric balloon procedure for weight loss, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery

 

Anthony W.
Boutt, MD

Specialty: Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - Breast, Surgery - Colon & Rectal, Surgery - General
Sub Specialty: Laparoscopic Surgery, da Vinci Robotic Assisted Surgery

 

Karen
McFarlane, MD

Specialty: Surgery - Bariatric, Surgery - Colon & Rectal, Surgery - General
Sub Specialty: Panniculectomy procedures, LAP-BAND® Surgery procedures, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass procedures, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic weight loss surgery

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