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It's easy! If you would like comprehensive information about the surgery, we hold free monthly educational seminars to discuss and explain the benefits and outcomes. We want to help you fully understand the entire procedure and make the best choice for you. At the seminar you will also meet the surgeon and the Michigan Bariatric Institute staff who can answer any questions you may have.

Call the Michigan Bariatric Institute at 1-877-WHY-WEIGHT to inquire about upcoming seminar dates and times, or to request an information packet to be mailed to your home. We will be happy to discuss your individual situation, your insurance question or any other concerns.

If you have already decided that bariatric surgery is what you desire, then you will start the process by completing a short application, insurance information, health and diet surveys, and a personal letter of interest. We will gladly send this packet to you in the mail.

Once the application is completed, a consultation can be scheduled with Dr. Zeni or Dr. Roberts. At this meeting, your surgeon will discuss the procedure with you, complete a medical history, make recommendations for any pre-operative testing that will be required and set your tentative surgery date!

At this same time, you will meet with our program director, who will explain the process of the program to you. She will also discuss your insurance carrier's criteria for covering the cost of the surgery. She is a Bari-Partner™ herself and will be happy to share her experience about the weight loss surgery with you.

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