"What makes the Sparrow bariatric program one of the best in the country is their personal approach. They adhere the program to the patient, not the patient to the program."

Your Bariatric Procedure Options

Sparrow Bariatrics offers two minimally invasive surgical procedures that are the gold standards for weight loss surgery.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

What it is:

The most common bariatric procedure performed today is the sleeve gastrectomy. It takes about 1 hour to complete.

How it works:

In this procedure we remove about three quarters of the stomach. This creates a tube like stomach or sleeve. Nothing else is altered. Patients are expected to lose about 25% of their starting body weight. The typical recovery time is about two weeks, though this may vary based on the individual.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

What it is:

The gastric bypass has been performed for nearly 60 years and has the best long term record for weight loss and improvement in comorbid health conditions. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

How it works:

With a gastric bypass, we make a small stomach pouch from the main stomach, which holds about 1-2 ounces of food. We then take the intestine and connect it directly to that small pouch. Food comes down from the mouth into the pouch and then directly into the intestine, bypassing the main body of the stomach and the very beginning of the intestine. With this procedure, patients lose about 30% of their total weight. The typical recovery time is about two weeks, though this may vary based on the individual.

Only 1% of people who qualify for Bariatric Surgery actually seek it. It’s such a missed opportunity because of all the positives it brings the people who proceed.”

– Dr. Kosisochi Obinwanne

The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

Not only does bariatric surgery help you lose weight, it also helps improve your health in other ways. Here are just a few examples.

Controls or reverses type 2 diabetes

Lowers blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Improves sleep by reducing the risk of sleep apnea

Increases mobility and all the benefits of exercise

Offers longer life expectancy

The Sparrow Difference

At Sparrow, we support patients like you in this weight-loss journey so you can live a healthier life and win back more time to spend with your loved ones. If you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, it can provide the foundation you need to make drastic changes to your weight and to your lifestyle. With ongoing support from Sparrow's physical therapists, registered dietitians and behaviorists, it's easier for patients like you to make effective changes that last.

If you come to the Sparrow Bariatric Program... you're going to get a lot of dedication, a staff, and surgeons who really care about you.”

- Kosisochi Obinwanne, MD

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