In conjunction with its new bariatric surgery weight loss program, Northern Michigan Regional Health System is offering a free bariatric surgery seminar on Monday, March 14.
Because one size or procedure does not fit all patients, several new weight loss options will be the focus of the presentation, titled “Bariatric Surgery and Obesity: What are my choices?” by Randal Baker, MD, FACS, head of the new bariatric surgery program at Northern Michigan Regional Health System. The seminar will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the Community Heath Education Center located on the campus of Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.
“The benefits of bariatric surgery far outweigh the risks associated with obesity including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and several cancers. In fact, bariatric surgery is the only significant option that actually cures diabetes,” Baker said. “Studies are showing that bariatric surgery saves lives, improves overall health and well-being, and saves money.”
The free seminar will include discussion on the new surgical weight loss options available through Northern Michigan Regional Health System, as well as surgical qualifications and the multi-disciplinary approach solely focused on the best outcome for each individual patient.
He attended Albany Medical College of New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for Michigan State College of Human Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Bariatrics for Spectrum Health. Dr. Baker is also the President of the Michigan Bariatric Society.
Northern Michigan Regional Health System
Northern Michigan Regional Health System is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing a full continuum of patient-centered specialized care to residents in 22 counties throughout northern Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. With more than 15 affiliates and regional partners, the flagship of Northern Michigan Regional Health System is Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, a 214-bed, regional referral center located in Petoskey with a medical staff of nearly 200 physicians representing nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care. For more information, please visit northernhealth.org.