Patient Support We have dedicated staff members to provide all the necessary services needed as you progress through your weight loss journey.  Prior to surgery, a formal class is held by the patient support coordinator and the dietitian, and certified fitness trainer to inform you of how to best prepare for surgery, what to expect post surgically and beyond. Once you have become a post-surgical patient, you may attend are open office chats held twice a month and monthly support groups. The list below (Speakers and Topics) is a sampling of the guest speakers we have engaged to come speak to you and hopefully give you insight into being as successful as possible with your weight loss efforts. In addition to unlimited appointments with our dietitian to discuss your food selection, preparation, and eating habits, you can also take advantage of a website called realizemysuccess.com to further account for the progress you are making with your weight loss. For our out of state and out of the metro area patients we have begun to do a teleconference call with Dr. Pleatman, Jennie; our dietitian and Adele, our support coordinator.  We each have many years of experience in the field of bariatric surgery, and are anxious to share this knowledge with you. You are welcome to ask questions and you can get immediate feedback with any of your concerns. We also have a monitored Yahoo group site that you can become a member of and post comments or questions related to your life after surgery. Call our office and we will give you the link to become part of this group. Also, current announcements will also be placed on there.  We caution that when you read material from all the different websites on weight loss surgery, any medical advice that you obtain may not apply to your specific medical condition. Please consult with Dr. Pleatman before getting advice or instructions from random post-op patients, as this could put your health at risk. We urge you to link to the E-store we have through Bariatric Advantage on this site to purchase the essential vitamins and minerals needed for the post-op surgical patient.  If you buy these in a three month supply quantity, you will save money in the long-run.  The vitamins can be ordered automatically and delivered to your doorstep at set intervals. Support Group Topics >>  Dietician and Nutrition Essentials for Bariatric Patients – Vitamins are Vital >>  Nutrition specialists >>  Exercise Physiologists >>  Psychologists >>  Former Patients who have reached their optimum weight >>  Motivational speakers >>  Physical Medicine or Rehabilitation Medicine Specialists >>  Other Medical Specialists, Endocrinologists, Cardiologists, and Plastic Surgeons >>  Physical Therapists >>  Strength and Conditioning Trainers >>  Yoga or Pilates Instructors >>  Aquacise instructors who can discuss the benefits of non-weight bearing exercise in the pool. >>  Low fat/no sugar cooking demonstrations >>  Clothing Exchange/ Fashion Show >>  Body Image presentations >>  Creating a Personal Journal We are interested in hearing from our patients, if you would like us to cover a topic that is not listed above.  These meetings are intended to be supportive, inform, train, and make aware of the current research and practices that optimize weight loss for each individual patient. Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Dr. Pleatman's staff Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email:  info@drpleatman.com