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Patient Story

Brian Bentoske


Am I a Candidate

There are several criteria to meet before qualifying for bariatric weight loss surgery. The Mercy Health Weight Management team in Muskegon will help you assess if you are a good candidate. We will also work with you to identify which surgical procedure is best for your individual needs. Our tailored treatment approach ensures that you will receive the outcomes you deserve and guides you back on the road to freedom.

You are a candidate for surgery if you: Have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 35 (calculate your BMI by using this calculator) with one or more significant obesity-related conditions including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • High cholesterol
  • Psudotumor cerebri
  • Family history of early coronary heart disease
  • Have a BMI greater than 40 regardless of the presence of other medical condition
  • Have life threatening obesity-related problems
  • Have not been successful with medical weight loss

Other considerations include:

  • Understand and accept the operative risks
  • Have realistic expectations and are motivated
  • Are capable of understanding the procedure and its implications
  • Have a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes and long-term follow-up care

Attend one of our FREE Seminars to learn about:

  • Why a program with more options gives you a better chance for weight loss success
  • The patient experience –– from preparation to recovery to maintenance
  • Payment options and insurance coverage
  • How we support you each step of the way

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Solutions

Live a Better, Longer and Healthier Life

Mercy Health has some of West Michigan’s leading bariatric surgeons –– experts who know that what works for one person may not be effective for another.

  • Over 6,500 weight-loss procedures performed
  • Home to some of the country’s leading bariatric surgeons
  • Recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
  • Personalized weight loss plans for every patient
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