The Weight Loss Institute of New Jersey at Clara Maass Medical Center will offer a free informational session to discuss who is candidate for weight-loss surgery, what to expect before, during and after surgery, as well as the surgery's risks, benefits and alternatives. Bariatric surgeon Naveen Ballem, MD, and his team will be present to answer questions, as well as post-bariatric surgery patients.

"About Bariatric Surgery," will take place on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6 p.m. in the Belleville Founders Room, located within the Main Lobby of Clara Maass Medical Center, 1 Clara Maass Drive, Belleville, NJ. A support group for post-bariatric surgery patients will follow at 7 p.m. Info session attendees are encouraged to stay and speak to post-bariatric surgery patients.

If you are more than 100 pounds overweight or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35, you may be a candidate for bariatric (weight-loss) surgery.Bairatric surgery can cause significant long-term loss of weight, recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors. With the commitment to a healthy lifestyle, surgery has the potential to be an effective, long-lasting weight loss method. Patients are likely to lose 50% to 75% of their excess weight and should see improvement in conditions linked to obesity, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. There is no cost to attend this event. Attendees may park for free in the parking deck. Please call 1.888.724.7123, prompt 4, to register.