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Virtual seminar on weight loss surgery to be held Monday

September 8, 2021


MANISTEE — A virtual seminar on bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, will be held on Monday, according to a news release from Munson Healthcare.

Northern Michigan residents considering bariatric surgery can attend the seminar from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday.

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. 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.

A bariatric surgery and aftercare support group meeting will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 27. This virtual meeting is open to those patients who have attended a Munson Healthcare virtual educational seminar.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of unnecessary death in the United States and one of the main co-morbidities that 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,” read the news release.

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