Set Yourself Up for Success with Trinity Health Grand Haven Bariatrics

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 Dr. Eric Krebill, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery and the team at Trinity Health Grand Haven Bariatrics.

“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.”

The Trinity Health Grand Haven Bariatrics 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 website, 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 our website for more information. We also welcome your call, at 616.847.5489.


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