Overview

Bariatric surgery offers an effective approach to help patients eat less, lose excess weight, and regain their health by limiting the stomach’s capacity. 90% of people who have bariatric surgery lose at least 50% of their excess body weight. Some of the other changes experienced are:

  • A decreased risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and other serious medical problems
  • The reduction or possible elimination of medications for people with high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Normal periods for young women with abnormal or absent cycles
  • Improved sexual function for many males
  • Possible diminishing of sleep apnea episodes
  • Eliminated or slowed effects of arthritis
  • Increased self-esteem and energy

According to a recent study, “Weight loss surgery can reverse the signs of diabetes... allowing many patients to quickly reach normal blood-sugar levels while reducing or eliminating their need for insulin or other medications.”*

For many individuals who are morbidly obese, bariatric surgery is the only viable method for successful weight control.

*Szabo, L. (2012, March 26). Studies: Weight-loss surgery can put diabetes into remission. USA Today.

Why patients choose Northwell Health

The bariatric surgeons at Northwell Health provide the complete spectrum of bariatric services to thousands of people every year, from diagnosis and surgical treatment to patient and family support. Our board-certified bariatric surgeons perform more than 50 percent of the weight-loss procedures in the region we serve – with one of the best records for long-term recovery and effective weight loss. Our team of expert bariatric surgeons can help you enjoy a healthier, more active, and longer life. That’s because our approach to bariatric surgery is totally comprehensive. It includes:

  • Pre-surgery evaluations following the strict patient-qualification guidelines of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Your choice of board-certified surgeons and convenient surgery locations throughout Long Island and New York City
  • The latest effective techniques, including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic duodenal switch and lap-band surgery
  • Post-surgical care, including diet and exercise counseling, behavioral counseling and support groups
  • A lifetime continuum of care that includes nutrition services through our Center for Weight Management and Northwell’s vast team of specialists

Candidates for bariatric surgery

Northwell Health uses the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) patient-qualification guidelines to make sure you’re an ideal candidate for weight loss surgery. We know bariatric surgery is a major procedure that might not be ideal for each patient, and we work hard to let you know all your options.

Weight loss surgery is a major procedure and may not be right for every candidate. It can be associated with significant risks and complications. It is very important to take a careful and deliberate approach to considering bariatric surgery for the treatment of weight challenges. Discuss all your options with your doctor or surgeon.

Most candidates:

  • Are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight or have a BMI of 35 or greater
  • Have weight-related health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease
  • Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight with supervised diets, medications and exercise regimens

Some questions to ask yourself when considering bariatric surgery:

  • Have I tried every nonsurgical measure?
  • Am I well informed about the available surgical procedures and the effects of treatment?
  • Am I determined to lose weight and improve my health?
  • Can I maintain a lifelong commitment to medical follow-up and vitamin/ mineral supplementation?

Interested in learning more? Take the first step and attend an informational seminar on bariatric surgery.

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