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Benefits of Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Michigan Bariatric Institute
Invites The Public To Free Educational Seminar

Program to Focus on Benefits of Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI) will host a free educational seminar focusing on bariatric surgery options at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

Entitled, “A Minimal Surgical Approach to Treating Obesity,” the seminar will feature an overview of the bariatric surgery program and the types of procedures it offers, as well as a question and answer session.

Speakers include general and bariatric surgeon Jacob Roberts, DO; and Paula Magid, MBI program director and former bariatric patient. 

Surgeons at MBI are experienced in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding.  Laparoscopic bariatric surgery results in minimal pain, less scarring, shorter hospital stay and recovery time.  Weight loss of about 70 percent of excess body weight can be anticipated within the first year and maintained.

Dr. Roberts is on the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland medical staff as a general and minimally invasive bariatric surgeon.  He performs surgeries at SJMO and at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, both Saint Joseph Mercy Health System member hospitals. 

Dr. Roberts received his medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was chief resident at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Oakland Center in Madison Heights, Mich.  He completed his fellowship training at the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill.  Dr. Roberts also is board certified in General Surgery.

The MBI program provides a comprehensive approach to the bariatric surgery experience, including:

  • Team of specially trained registered nurses, registered dieticians, behavioral specialists and exercise physiologists to assist the patient through the weight reduction process
  • Free educational seminars
  • Comprehensive pre-surgical classes
  • Post-surgical follow-up visits
  • Monthly support group

The public is welcome free of charge. 

To register for the educational seminar or for more information, call 877-Why-Weight (877-949-9344).


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