Bariatric Surgery


Surgical Weight Loss 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Designated Blue Distinction Center - Bariatric Surgery

Munson Healthcare’s team of bariatric surgeons performs weight loss procedures only when surgery is the best choice for the patient’s health. Weight loss surgery has been shown to significantly improve health by eliminating or reducing some of the co-morbidities of obesity, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea.

However, weight loss surgery is not for everyone. Having any kind of elective surgery must be considered carefully. That is especially true with weight loss surgery because it will dramatically change your life forever. Surgery can help achieve long-term goals, but only if you commit to life-long changes in diet and exercise.


Attend A Weight Loss Seminar

Northern Michigan’s Leading Bariatric Program

Weight loss surgery is performed at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City by experienced, skilled surgeons from the Munson Healthcare Traverse General Surgery & Trauma Care team. 

Surgical Options

Weight loss surgery has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as the only effective means of accomplishing significant long-term for severely obese patients. Munson Medical Center offers three kinds of weight loss surgery:


Through tiny incisions, the stomach is made into a small pouch that restricts food intake. Part of the intestine is bypassed, reducing calorie and nutrient absorption.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The stomach is reshaped into a long narrow tube and 80 percent of the stomach is removed, allowing only a small amount of food at one time.

Duodenal Switch

Involves both the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy and a longer intestinal bypass.

A Comprehensive, Team Approach

Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, medical consultants, nutritionists, psychologists, and exercise physiologists work together to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals.

Take the First Step

Anyone considering weight loss surgery must attend a free, one-hour educational seminar, “Surgical Options for the Obese Patient,” before a referral can be made.

Register to attend an educational webinar online now.