Dayton Bariatric & General Surgery Center

About Us

Dayton Bariatric & General Surgery specializes in weight-loss surgery, such as Roux en Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, "Lap Sleeve", Allergan Lap Band®, and Ethicon REALIZE™ Band. Led by Dr. David E. Bruce and Dr. Steven Fleischer, the practice has the distinction of being the longest established bariatric practice in Dayton.

If you are at least 100 pounds overweight, you may be a weight-loss surgery candidate. You can learn more about your options, how weight-loss procedures work, and ask questions by signing up for a Free Weight Loss Seminar at one of our four facilities.

BMI and Criteria for Weight Loss Surgery Steps for Bariatric Patients:

  • BMI must be 40 or greater or 35 or greater with applicable obesity related co-morbidities. (Recently, FDA approved 30 or greater with applicable obesity related co-morbidities, but we are not seeing carriers following this guideline yet.)
  • Patients are required to attend an INFORMATION SESSION to educate them of the risks and benefits associated with weight loss surgery
  • Patients will meet with the surgeon for a complete history and physical to determine best procedure for them
  • Psychiatric evaluations are required to make sure that patients fully understand the procedures and needs before and after surgery
  • Nutritional consultations are required
  • Must meet any insurance requirements based upon their individual policies
  • PCP clearance and medical records are required
  • Any additional medical clearances that may be needed based upon patients individual medical history.

Dayton Bariatric Center has developed a plan of care before surgery so that you are in the best shape possible for weight loss success. Here are the steps you can expect:

  • All patients are required to attend a FREE informational session. This is to assure that patients are aware of the risks and benefits associated with the procedures our doctors perform. One of our surgeons is available at these information sessions to answer questions you may have.
  • After attendance at the information session, you will be set-up to meet with the surgeon one-on-one to discuss your personal & family history. This is a great opportunity to get to know your surgeon. He will discuss your personal and family history and recommendations will be made at that time as to which procedure will best suit your personal medical situation.
  • We will assist you to find out what your insurance carrier requires to be approved for surgery. We will notify you of these requirements so that you can be prepared to submit your information to your insurance carrier. Discounted self-pay rates are available as needed. No payment plans are currently available. Psychiatric Evaluations are required for all patients. We will put you in contact with a psychologist to receive an evaluation to assure you are prepared for the changes before and after weight loss surgery
  • We will need to obtain your medical records from your family doctor to review and submit to your insurance carrier to obtain approval.
  • We also will need to receive a clearance from your primary care doctor to assure that you are medically stable to have surgical weight loss.
  • A visit with a nutritional counselor prior to surgery will need to be obtained. This will help to prepare you for the dietary changes you will encounter after surgery. Ongoing counseling will be available throughout your post-operative period.
  • Some insurance carriers require a supervised weight loss program be completed before approval can be obtained. We will notify you when this is required by your insurance.