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Friday, May 26, 2017
It was 68 surgeries over a hectic three-and-a-half day period, but Dr. Carl Pesta gladly donated his time and surgical abilities to an underserved population of Peru. The McLaren Macomb general and bariatric surgeon was assisted on this goodwill mission by Nadia Bounhiza, CRNA, and Crystal May, an operating room scrub tech, employees of McLaren Macomb. Hoping to take at least one trip each year, Peru marks Dr. Pesta’s second mission in six months, having recently travelled to Guatemala, Bolivia, Nicarag...
Friday, March 10, 2017
Mary and Damon living an active lifestyle after their bariatric procedures It was the little things that were really starting to get to Mary. Describing herself as morbidly obese since the age of 10, 48-year old Mary McInnes had lived with sleep apnea, shortness of breath and fatigue for years. But the “little things” of shopping in stores or walking up the stairs without spilling a cup of coffee was a life Mary never knew. This was a sentiment shared with her husband, Damon, 53, also obese, who had to ...
Monday, February 20, 2017
Dr. D'Almeida introduces himself and reveals who would be a good candidate for bariatric surgery and how long a bariatric patient's hospital stay is.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Although it is defined as the study and treatment of obesity, bariatrics is not just for patients who are “extremely overweight.” “The purpose and focus of our office goes beyond surgery and reducing our patients’ waistlines,” said Dr. Carl Pesta, DO, medical director and surgeon for the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb. “Patients can present with a range of conditions that are a direct result of being overweight but they might not be necessarily extremely obese.” Offering a number of surgi...
Monday, March 28, 2016
Dr. Michael D'Almeida, a general and bariatric surgeon with McLaren Macomb, talks about some of the misconceptions and lesser known benefits of bariatric surgery. To view the full episode, click here .
Monday, March 28, 2016
The March-April episode of In Good Health with McLaren Macomb, featuring Dr. Michael D'Almeida (general and bariatric surgeon), the 26th Annual Walk for Warmth and Jennifer Dixon, RN (trauma injury prevention).
Monday, March 7, 2016
Somewhere along the way, the decision to eat healthy meant that you had three options for meal time – plain, bland or boring. Basically, it meant you had to sacrifice flavor for nutrition. “This is so not that case,” said Dawn Dahl, RD, lead dietitian at the Nutrition Counseling & Diabetes Center at McLaren Macomb. “You don’t have to eat cardboard-flavored food and sacrifice flavor if you want to be healthy. You can have the best of both worlds.” First and foremost, Dahl says, would be to change you...