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The bariatric and metabolic surgery program at Lenox Hill Hospital is a world-renowned practice offering comprehensive services for patients with severe or Class 3 obesity. Our multidisciplinary team of minimally invasive bariatric surgeons, nutritionists, weight management counselors and psychologists, educate and treat the emotional and physical demands of being overweight or obese.
The bariatric surgery program is staffed by three board-certified surgeons with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Under the direction of Mitchell Roslin, MD, the program is leading the field in developing optimal procedures for bariatric surgery. The SIPS procedure, which is the fastest growing operation for obesity was pioneered at our facility. Additionally, our center is involved in the design and implementation of novel endoscopic procedures and techniques that minimize or hide incisions and reduce or eliminate scarring.
Is bariatric surgery right for you?
Bariatric surgery is a safe treatment option for severe obesity. The surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures aimed at reducing food intake and nutrient absorption. This surgery is only done when diet and exercise haven’t worked. Besides weight loss, surgical weight loss procedures can treat diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension and reduce pain and stress on your joints. The impact of obesity also can cause infertility and damage to the liver. Obesity has been linked to many cancers and the National Cancer Institute anticipates that obesity will surpass cigarette smoking as the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. As a result, many patients pursue surgical options because of the complications caused by their obesity.
Weight loss surgery is typically recommended for:
- Obese adults with a body mass index of at least 40
- Obese adults with a body mass index of 35 and at least one weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes
Candidates for bariatric surgery typically have attempted weight loss in the past with limited lasting results..
To be eligible for surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have chronic obesity with a BMI > 40 or 35 with medical problems caused by their obesity
- Have attempted to lose weight without surgery
- Have no active medical, behavioral, or psychiatric problem that is makes the risk prohibitively high
Weight loss surgery can be a lifesaving measure for some patients, however like all surgeries there are risks. Bariatric surgery is not right for everyone wanting to lose weight. If you are considering bariatric surgery, you should attend one of our seminars. In these sessions we discuss the causes of obesity, the rationale for surgical procedures, and the different options. Additionally, you should discuss the degree that your obesity affects your medical conditions and the quality of your life. Weight loss surgery offers patients the opportunity to loss 20 to 40 percent of their total body weight. In comparison, non operative options are considered successful with 5 to 10 percent loss of body weight. Even this degree of weight loss is difficult to maintain without surgical intervention in our most obese patients.
The bariatric and metabolic surgery program at Lenox Hill Hospital is a leader in the field of weight loss surgery. With world-renowned surgeons, a dedicated staff and cutting-edge technology, Lenox Hill offers patients concise surgical care.
As one of the top bariatric centers in New York State, our program features:
- Highly-regarded physicians. Our surgeons are world renowned for their expertise in weight loss procedures. They frequently travel across the world to teach the latest surgical techniques and attract patients for countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bermuda.
- Outstanding reputation. One of the first bariatric surgery programs in New York City, the program at Lenox Hill Hospital has been named a Center of Excellence for several years by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
- Innovative research and techniques. Our surgeons are consistently engaged in the development of new treatment modalities. The program pioneered the usage of stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery, which reduces the diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies common with bariatric surgery.
Gary Giangola, MD
- Chairman of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
- Medical Board President of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
- System Chief Vasc Surg Srvcs of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
- Chief of Surgery - Division of Vascular Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
- Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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