Michigan Bariatric Surgery Clinic in Detroit Adds Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgeon

Top Quote Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute (Harper BMI) in Detroit, Michigan, announces the addition of Dr. Steven Hendrick, a board-certified surgeon specializing in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Dr.Hendrick will be an addition to the already exceptional team of bariatric surgeons who perform gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery in Michigan. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 21, 2011 - Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute (Harper BMI) in Detroit, Michigan, announces the addition of Dr. Steven Hendrick to its renowned team of gastric bypass, gastric sleeve resection and laparoscopic surgery specialists. Dr. Hendrick is a board-certified surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery in Michigan. He has over 15 years of surgical experience and has performed more than 1,500 weight loss surgery procedures. His surgical interests include both laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic-assisted gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (Lap Band), and the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. He has authored numerous articles and presented nationally on the topic of bariatric surgery.

    Dr. Hendrick is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. After earning his degree in medicine from Wayne State University, Dr. Hendrick completed his residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Before joining the team at Harper BMI, Dr. Hendrick was medical director of the Bariatric Surgical Center at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

    Dr. Steven Hendrick will be performing gastric bypass surgery in Detroit, Michigan at Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute (Harper BMI). Gastric bypass surgery is a form of bariatric surgery that helps treat morbidly obese individuals struggling with morbid obesity or one of its common comorbidities. Gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach into a smaller section and a larger one. The larger section is then no longer exposed to food intake, while the new, smaller section holds only about one ounce of food, less than three bites.

    Another procedure Dr. Hendrick will bring to Harper BMI is lap band surgery. Lap band surgery is performed by placing a gastric band at the top of the stomach, creating a smaller pouch that fills with food quickly during a meal. The band slows the passage of food from the pouch to the lower part of the stomach. The smaller pouch allows patients feel fuller much faster than prior to the procedure and as a result they eat much less and begin losing weight. Patients lives can be transformed and weight loss goals can be met as indicated by some studies have shown that patients lose as much weight with this procedure as they do with full gastric bypass surgery.

    Finally, Dr. Hendrick will peform Gastric sleeve surgery, also known as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) or Gastric Sleeve Resection, is a type of weight loss surgery that permanently decreases the size of the patient's stomach. It accelerates weight loss by limiting the amount of food a patient can take in, leading to a feeling of fullness more quickly. While similar to other weight loss surgery options, Gastric sleeve surgery is a more straightforward procedure that does not require an implantation or an artificial device or reconnection of any sort.

    Typically, patients qualify for weight loss surgery if they have a body mass index of 40 or above, or as low as 35 with comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes or hypertension. Obesity, especially morbid obesity, is associated with a number of chronic conditions such as sleep apnea, heart disease, higher rates of some cancers, diabetes and more.

    Harper BMI is located at Harper University Hospital, one of nine hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and the region's specialty hospital for treatment of the minor to the most complex cases in cardiology, neurology, neurosurgery, organ transplants and bariatric surgery. Harper Bariatric Medicine Institute (Harper BMI) performs gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, and gastric sleeve surgery in Michigan. The bariatric program at Harper was the first in Michigan to be awarded disease-specific care certification by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

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