Health Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss Detailed in Seminar


Northern Michigan residents considering bariatric surgery are invited to attend a free virtual informational seminar on Monday, June 7, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Michael Nizzi, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program, will discuss surgical options and explain how patients may qualify. Dr. Nizzi and bariatric nurse practitioner Wendy Whitfield, F.N.P., B.C., will also address the ways a lifestyle change including bariatric surgery can reduce or eliminate heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and other obesity symptoms. 

There is no charge to attend the virtual meeting. However, registration is required. Register online at The URL link to access the virtual meeting will be provided to registrants via email in advance of the seminar date.

“Obesity is a disease,” Nizzi said. “The truth is that patients who have class 3 obesity try many types of diets. There may be short-term results, but in the long term, they end up at an even higher weight. Surgery is the tool patients use to achieve success through proper after-care that includes diet, exercise, and follow-up.”

Obesity is one of the leading causes of unnecessary death in the United States and one of the main co-morbidities than can lead to severe COVID-19. While bariatric procedures are not for everyone, surgical weight loss is dramatically improving the lives of people who commit to life-long changes in diet and exercise.