St. Joe's seeks volunteers for fibromyalgia study, offers seminar on bariatric surgery options


The study involves the use of an experimental medical device called NeuroPoint®, designed to deliver therapeutic electrical stimulation to regions of the brain that are believed to be involved in the abnormal pain processing and other symptoms of fibromyalgia. The stimulation signal does not “shock you,” nor does it cause any pain or discomfort. The entire process is noninvasive, meaning nothing ever pierces the skin or is taken internally.

This research study does not involve the use of any kind of medication or drug. Patients enrolled in the study will receive treatment and evaluation at an outpatient office twice a week for 12 weeks. Only 60 patients will be enrolled in the study.

Individuals between the ages of 22 and 65 who are suffering from fibromyalgia and interested in learning more about this study should call (248) 254-6480 or toll-free (800) 787-5940, or visit the website

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Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Michigan Bariatric Institute (MBI) announces it still has places available for its free educational seminar focusing on bariatric surgery options to be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

Entitled, “A Minimal Surgical Approach to Treating Obesity,” the seminar will feature an overview of the bariatric surgery program and the types of procedures it offers, as well as a question and answer session.

Speakers include general and bariatric surgeon and SJMO Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery Jacob Roberts, DO; and MBI Program Director and former bariatric patient Paula Magid.
In the area of Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Roberts specializes in laparoscopic (i.e., minimally invasive) surgery procedures: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. He also is interested in minimally invasive/advanced laparoscopic surgery including: Cholecystectomy, Hiatal Hernia Repair and Nissen Fundoplication, Incisional and Inguinal Hernia Repair, Splenectomy, Gastric Resections, Colectomy, Appendectomy and Anti-Reflux Surgery.
Dr. Roberts received his medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was chief resident at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Oakland Center in Madison Heights, Mich.

He completed his fellowship training at the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. Dr. Roberts also is board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Roberts is on the SJMO medical staff as a general and minimally invasive bariatric surgeon. He performs surgeries at SJMO and at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, both Saint Joseph Mercy Health System member hospitals.

Surgeons at MBI are experienced in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Adjustable Gastric Banding. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery results in minimal pain, less scarring, shorter hospital stay and recovery time. Weight loss of about 70 percent of excess body weight can be anticipated within the first year and maintained.

The MBI program provides a comprehensive approach to the bariatric surgery experience, including:

Team of specially trained registered nurses, registered dieticians, behavioral specialists and exercise physiologists to assist the patient through the weight reduction process
Free educational seminars
Comprehensive pre-surgical classes
Post-surgical follow-up visits
Monthly support group

The public is welcome free of charge.

To register for the educational seminar or for more information, call 877-Why-Weight (877-949-9344).

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