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Posted Date: 4/21/2016

What does a bariatric patient look like?

Dr. Carl Pesta in ORAlthough 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 surgical options—all minimally-invasive—determined on a case-by-case basis, the benefits of these procedures can extend to correcting hypertension, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and certain coronary disease, among others.

“Based on height and gender, if a patient is 100 pounds overweight—which is not considered extreme—and presents with some of these complications and a BMI of more than 35,” Dr. Pesta said, “a medical necessity for the surgery has been established and we can definitely help you.”

Stephanie Auch, RN, the patient liaison for the Bariatric Surgery Institute, was previously a patient of Dr. Pesta, losing more than 200 pounds and some pre-existing conditions.

“I was on a daily medication for both hypertension and diabetes,” Auch said. “Since that first day, post-op, I have not needed to take any medications that were once related to my obesity.”

To learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb and how a procedure can improve quality of life, attend a free seminar or visit

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