Weight Loss Surgery Morbid obesity is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. An estimated 5-10 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Obesity becomes "morbid" when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that can result either in significant physical disability or even death. Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Its growing use to treat morbid obesity is the result of three factors: Our current knowledge of the significant health risks of morbid obesity; the relatively low risk and complications of the procedures versus not having surgery; and the ineffectiveness of current non-surgical approaches to produce sustained weight loss. This site will provide valuable information about the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery. However, the best way to get a full assessment of your condition is to schedule a consultation to determine if weight loss surgery may be an option for you. I specialize in minimally invasive surgery, and perform Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and LapBand, up until recently the two most commonly performed weight loss procedures done in the United States. I also offer Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, a new and promising weight loss operation. This operation has now become the most commonly performed weight loss procedure in Michigan.  All procedures are done laparoscopically. I also do revisional procedures for patients with failed previous operations; most commonly adjustable gastric bands that have slipped, eroded, or just haven’t worked.  The most common revision I do is removal of a gastric band, with conversion to vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com