Bariatric surgery: Myths, facts and life-changing benefits

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Is weight loss part of your 2022 health goals?

Dr. Carl Pesta describes bariatric surgery and explain its many benefits.

“A lot of people think bariatric surgery is just for the super morbidly obese. That really couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Dr. Carl Pesta is the surgeon and medical director for the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb, and with thousands of bariatric surgeries worth of experience—along with countless interactions from patients who credit the program with changing their lives—he has seen firsthand the many benefits of bariatric surgery.

“We know the disease of obesity is not just overeating and not exercising,” he said. “There is so much that goes into the disease of morbid obesity.

“People come to me sometimes frustrated, sometimes just tired, but sometimes also excited that they have the idea that their lives are going to change.”

Questions to consider while watching

  • Are weight loss procedures just for the morbidly obese?
  • How quickly will I notice a change for the better?
  • Can it help other conditions? How?
  • What is the entire process like? How long can I follow up?
  • Am I too old for bariatric surgery?
  • How do my loved ones benefit?

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

  • Are you 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight and want to lose weight?
  • Do you have a BMI of 40 or greater?
  • Do you have a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more obesity-related health condition(s)?
-High blood pressure
-High cholesterol
-Heart disease
-Sleep apnea
  • Have other forms of weight control failed?
  • Are you over 18 years of age?


Learn more

Learn more about the program or make an appointment with the Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb. Click or call (586) 493-2274.

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