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THE FACTS ABOUT Live Healthier – Explore Surgical Weight Loss Options


The St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Bariatric Surgery Program improves the health, wellness and overall quality of life for individuals who are morbidly obese by offering a comprehensive solution that is focused on long-term success.

Morbid obesity puts an individual at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, certain cancers and often, early death.

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Beginning with the initial consultation, patients will be exposed to our multidisciplinary team and will leave with an individualized treatment plan. This will include a recommendation for the type of bariatric surgery that is ideal for the individual.

According to Jacob Roberts, DO, an SJMO bariatric and boardcertified general surgeon, studies show that bariatric surgery can effectively improve and resolve many weight related health conditions. Weight loss surgery can enable you to lose a significant amount of excess weight, and when combined with a multidisciplinary proven formula, the long- term results are a sustained healthy weight, co-morbidity resolution, and longer life span.

St. Joe offers three minimally invasive bariatric surgical options:

Gastric Bypass Surgery:
This procedure creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach, as well as bypassing a portion of the stomach and small intestine to limit caloric intake and absorption with excellent outcomes and weight loss.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy:
This method removes about75 percent of the stomach, leaving a small bananashaped sleeve, thus drastically reducing the stomach volume. Results are excellent and patients not only are limited in stomach volume but experience a decreased hunger

Adjustable Gastric Banding:
This procedure uses a silicone band that your surgeon places around the top portion of your stomach. The band is connected to a port under the skin that allows the band to be tightened in an office with the result of early fullness from a small meal and decreased appetite.

The Bariatric Program team includes specially trained registered nurses, registered dieticians, behavioral specialists and exercise physiologists. This team assists patients through every aspect of the surgical process including seminars, pre-surgical classes, postoperative care, long term follow up and support groups.

“There are several approaches to weight loss surgery,” saysDr. Roberts. You should discuss which option is right for you with your bariatric surgeon.” Feel good knowing that you can improve your health and overall well being with the help of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Bariatric Surgery program.

For more information about minimally invasive bariatric surgery or the Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI), call 1-877-WHY-WEIGHT or (877-949-9344). Also visit us at or on the MBI Facebook page.



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