Free Information Session for Individuals Considering Weight Loss Surgery
Seminar Guides Individuals through Procedure Basics and How to Achieve Best Results

(San Francisco, July 5, 2011) — Individuals contemplating weight loss surgery are invited to attend a free information seminar and support group, hosted by Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation on
July 11, 2011 in San Francisco. Held each month in San Francisco and Marin County, seminars are geared towards individuals contemplating bariatric surgery and those who have already completed surgery. The seminar will be held:

Monday, July 11, 2011
California Pacific Medical Center
2333 Buchanan St., 1st Floor (Enright Room)
San Francisco
6:00 – 8:00 pm

“Weight loss surgery can provide a fresh start for many individuals with a BMI over 30,” says Gregg Jossart, M.D., director of Sutter Pacific’s laparoscopic gastrointestinal, bariatric and endocrine surgery program. “Our meetings help individuals find the procedure that is going to help them achieve the best results, learn how to maintain the necessary lifestyle changes, and interact with others who have been there.”

The first hour of the seminar is dedicated to discussion of topics including: candidacy for weight loss surgery, procedure benefits and potential risks, what to expect before and after surgery, and how to achieve—and maintain—a target weight. Dr. Jossart will also explain how bariatric surgery may be an effective tool for improving or resolving chronic medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and high cholesterol. The second hour is dedicated to sharing experiences, challenges and successes following weight loss surgery.

For a complete schedule of support groups in San Francisco and Marin or for more information about Sutter Pacific’s bariatric surgery program, go to: http://www.sutterpacific.org/bariatrics.

About Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation’s 240+ doctors offer primary, specialty and complex medical care throughout San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Lake Counties, as well as at outreach clinics in Northern California and Nevada. Our physicians are dedicated to excellent patient care, combining the latest in medical knowledge and technology with a personal touch. Sutter Pacific physicians are part of the Sutter Health network and provide hospital services at Sutter Health hospitals including California Pacific Medical Center, Novato Community Hospital, Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa and Sutter Lakeside. Additionally, our San Francisco-based physicians are part of Brown & Toland Physicians. For more information or to find a doctor near you, visit www.sutterpacific.org or call 1-888-699-DOCS (3627).