Set Yourself Up for Success with NOCHS Bariatric Clinic

It’s easy to get down on ourselves for gaining weight. It’s also easy to think that taking it back off is just a matter of trying harder.  But when you get to a certain point, diet and exercise alone won’t do it. Then it’s time to call NOCHS Bariatric Medical Director, Dr. Eric Krebill and the team at NOCHS Bariatric Clinic.

“People think that if they put all their energy into something, they can succeed,” Dr. Krebill notes.  “Unfortunately, that’s not always true. For people who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40, there’s only a 1-2 percent chance that they can lose the weight themselves and keep it off without help. That’s why we’re here.”

Weight management, as with so many other healthy practices, is impacted by multiple factors.  Illness, social stressors, food choices, a sedentary lifestyle…all of these can affect weight gain.  It doesn’t happen all at once, it adds up.

“We know that a combination of surgical weight loss, plus new behaviors, can lead to long-term health,” continues Dr. Krebill.  “We don’t run a ‘catch and release’ type of clinic here.  We have deliberately created a team approach to help with diet, exercise and emotional support. Surgery is not an easy fix, because patients can’t succeed with surgery alone. They need to develop those new patterns of eating, living, and responding to stress.”

Dr. Krebill has been practicing in Grand Haven for approximately four years. He’s originally from Iowa, and now has moved his family to Western Michigan. “Growing up on a farm, I learned to work with my hands,” he says. “I gravitated toward surgery, especially laparoscopic surgery, because I enjoyed the technical demands of this skill.” Dr. Krebill also assists Dr. Horton in general surgery when his laparoscopic expertise is needed.

The NOCHS Bariatric team performs approximately 80-90 surgical weight loss procedures each year.  They have received accreditation through the rigorous Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), and continue to evaluate their outcome data to ensure they are helping patients achieve as much success as possible.

“Bariatric surgery is safe and effective,” Dr. Krebill concludes. “If you’ve been thinking about it, you can view our informational seminar on our app (download for free in the Apple or Google Play app stores), in the privacy of your own home. We know that bariatric surgery is a big decision, but we also know it’s about more than just reaching a number on a scale. Bariatric surgery can rejuvenate your life by helping to reduce or eliminate other health issues such as hypertension, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. It will have a lifelong impact and help you become a healthier person.”

Visit and select The Bariatric Clinic under Medical Services for more information. We also welcome your call, at 616.847.5489.


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