Dr. Brian Gluck is a board certified general surgeon specializing in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Gluck started performing bariatric surgeries at Mercy Hospital in December of 2002.
Dr. Gluck and his team have built a comprehensive program ensuring the highest level of patient safety and support throughout your weight loss journey. Take your time browsing our website to learn about bariatric surgery.
I chose to have gastric sleeve surgery after hitting my highest weight at 340 pounds. Although I had no pre-existing health conditions, I knew it would be nearly impossible to lose (and keep off) the extreme amount of weight I needed to be at a healthy BMI, and therefore had surgery as a preventative measure.This surgery is simply a weight loss tool, and I had to use my tool in the most effective way possible. To continue weight loss, it was imperative for me to incorporate continued healthy eating and an active fitness plan to my life. Since surgery, I've lost 120 pounds and am more fit now than in my teen years. I'm not yet to my goal weight/ size, but even 2 years after surgery am continuing to see progress in muscle growth and fat loss by sticking to the plan that my friends at Life Without Limits helped me create. It's hard work, but if your'e honest with yourself and truly put in effort, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish!*
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy 5/18/2016. Heaviest weight 290, Current weight 142, Goal Weight was 175....Now my goal weight is 130! 14 months and 148 pounds later, I am literally half the person I was. No regrets. Zero. The thing is this is a total head game. My husband always made me feel like I was beautiful, now that I am thin I still think I am how I was. Unless I look in a mirror, then I'm reminded how much I've lost. So when I was 290 pounds my husband made me feel beautiful. Now that I'm 142 pounds he still makes me feel beautiful, but in my head I'm 290 pounds. I have no idea how to describe it to someone who hasn't lost the equivalent of an adult. A year ago I was a thin girl stuck in a fat suit and now I'm a thin girl stuck in a fat mind.*
I went skydiving in June 2016!*
I can move easier and I’m more comfortable thanks to not being out of breath from moving. I can sit in normal chairs, they don’t have to be extra wide. I can shower without a chair or losing my breath. I can walk in the stores a little at a time when I go out I try to push myself a little bit more each time. Making myself stick to this life change has been easier than I thought it would be. I just take it 1 day at a time. I’ve had a terrible year since my surgery, I lost my mom and 2 other family members. Had many issues with my leg swelling, but thankfully no sores. The 2 coolest thinks are walking around with my great niece and not having to have a seat belt extender when I bought my new used car. Plus buying my clothes off the rack rather than buying from a catalog.*
How is your life different now after surgery? Bought a townhouse with stairs instead of everything on one level!! Off meds for depression, cholesterol, and blood pressure..can now play 18 holes of golf 3 days in a row if I choose. Much happier with myself so I don't hide from pictures. What is the coolest thing you can do now that you could not before surgery? I have walked two 5 K's. The second one was the Color Run which I walked in less than an hour... Had knee replacement the year before my surgery so couldn't run it.*
Helpful InformationMARS Whiteboard Bariatric Surgery
Live Your Life without LimitsBariatric Seminar with Dr. Brian Gluck
Patient StoryJamie's Bariatric Surgery Story
Patient StoryA Tool to Succeed, Brian's Bariatric Success.
1325 E Sherman Blvd, Muskegon, MI 49444
March 25th, 2020
We home all of you are staying home when you can and staying safe! Here is an update for our office:
Our office has always taken pride in the level of support that we offer to our patients. During this time of uncertainty, as we are unable to operate at full service, we have made adjustments and additions to allow for continued program guidance and care.
Under the Executive Order of the Governor we have postponed all bariatric and non-essential general surgeries and procedures until further notice. We now have limited staff. We remain open to see our patients in the office for urgent / emergent symptoms determined by our medical providers. In addition we have added the capability of Telehealth Video Chats allowing us to continue with necessary appointments while keeping everyone safe.
While telehealth visits are available for all patients, we especially encourage all patients who are less than one year post surgery to take advantage of our telehealth system so that we keep in contact during this critical time of life change. Required pre-op weight management visits in addition to those who are scheduled for “Back On Track” visits are also encouraged to utilize our telehealth system. Our office will be calling you the day before your appointment to confirm and explain how the video chats will work. As always if you are experiencing any unusual concerns please contact our office.
Our 4 month, 8 month and 12 months classes are currently on hold. We will inform everyone when these classes can be rescheduled so that you have an opportunity for that group environment at a later date.
***** Due to a smaller staff during the state of emergency, please leave us a message if you call and we will get back to you as soon as possible **********
Here are some additional support ideas for this time period:
Look for bariatric meal ideas online
Online Support Groups – Bariatric Eating Support is a good one
Online exercise videos
Be innovative. Use social media to connect with friends and family
Use the buddy system – connect with that one person who will hold you accountable during this time
Stay focused! Stay safe! You got this!
For more information about Coronavirus, See the CDC website for precautions. Or mi.gov/coronavirus
Dr. Brian Gluck and Staff
March 18, 2020
In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic and health crisis, Dr. Gluck and his staff would like to inform you of the following:
1. Our office is following the constantly changing CDC guidelines. Non-essential surgeries are currently on hold and will be rescheduled as soon as safely possible. The CDC and hospital will help us determine when this is.
2. Effective Friday March 20, 2020 Dr. Gluck and Tricia will continue to see patients who we feel require an in-person visit in the office. This includes those recently recovering from surgery and those that might have concerns that need a physical exam. Patients scheduled for routine follow-up appointments will be contacted and given the option for a phone visit or to reschedule. Communicating over the phone is an excellent way to evaluate progress, discuss concerns, review expectations, as well as help you to stay accountable to your health goals. We would also welcome phone visits for those patients who are struggling with weight gain or trying to get back on track. Please, feel free to contact our office if you do not currently have a scheduled appointment and would like a phone visit. Due to the coronavirus pandemic most insurance companies are covering virtual visits in place of an in-person visit, but not all. As we learn which insurance companies will not allow these visits, we will keep you informed. Also, keep in mind that normal copays may apply. We were told by BCBSM and they are waiving all copays for phone visits at this time.
3. Support and Nutrition Classes are currently on hold. We are evaluating this week by week. For those patients who are scheduled for a 3 week or 8 week post op nutrition class you will be contacted by phone to discuss your dietary advancement.
4. We currently remain open for product sales and these will be done at the front desk. Please do not just walk back to the store. Consider ordering online if you are unable to come to the office.
5. Many of you have benefited from better health since your bariatric surgery, however, exposure and contracting of the disease remains unchanged. Universal precautions should be followed which includes coughing or sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and social distancing including avoiding public places unless necessary, limiting exposure to large groups, and maintaining 6 feet between yourself and others. For further information, please See the CDC website for precautions.
6. If you are less than 6 weeks out after surgery and are still healing from your procedure please be smart. Limit your exposure to people, rest, and allow your body to heal.
Please call us at (231) 737-8446 if you have any concerns.
Dr. Brian Gluck and Staff