Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric, Endoscopic & General Surgery

Is weight loss surgery right for you? GLSA, located in Mid-Michigan, can help. We have performed over 2,000 successful weight loss surgeries at the Gratiot Bariatric Treatment Center, to help people overcome Obesity.

In general, Bariatric surgery is for:

  • Patients with a BMI over 40, or
  • Patients with a BMI of 35 or greater along with significant weight-related medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease, or severe sleep apnea.

Other Factors:

  • Have had only short-term success with your previous serious attempts to lose weight;
  • Have a primary physician who is willing to work with you and your surgeon;
  • Be willing to make needed changes in eating habits. You need to want to change to lose weight;
  • Be prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.

Avoid this surgery if:

  • Have other medical problems that would make surgery too risky.
  • Smoke at all. Bariatric surgery cannot be done until you are smoke free.  Our surgeons require their patients to be smoke free, including medical marijuana, for 2 months prior to surgery.
  • Have any other untreated disease that may have caused your obesity;
  • Be actively abusing drugs or alcohol.

Surgery May not be right for you if:

  • You have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis, or Crohn's disease.
  • You are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant in the near future. Pregnancy is possible and safe after both gastric bypass, gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy, but should be delayed until weight loss has stabilized. This is typically at least 2 years.
  • You cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that come with this procedure.


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Alma Office

Warwick Medical Plaza
315 Warwick Drive, #3
Alma, MI 48801

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

Mt. Pleasant Office

4851 E Pickard St
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Midland Office

MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
Towsley Building
4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 4050
Midland, MI  48640
Towsley Building Entrance - take elevator on right to 4th floor

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Thursdays - Bi-Weekly
1pm - 5pm

Clare Office

602 Beach Street
Suite 2240
Clare, Michigan 48617
Across from the Dougherty Hotel, behind the hospital

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Hospital Affiliations

All of the surgeons at Great Lakes Surgical Associates have full, unrestricted privileges to practice general surgery at the two major hospital systems in Gratiot and Isabella Counties: Gratiot Medical Center and Central Michigan Community Hospital. We perform surgery at the following locations:
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot
    Mount Pleasant Surgery Center - Mount Pleasant
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland
GLSA Offices are also equipped with surgery suites for indicated office procedures.

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