Weight Loss and Metabolic Disorders

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Obesity Treatment

New York-Presbyterian's treatment center for obesity offers bariatric weight loss surgery and metabolic surgery for type 2 diabetes, which may be the best obesity treatments for individuals whose other weight-loss treatments have failed.

Approximately 205,000 individuals in the United States have weight loss surgery each year, which is less than one percent of those that are candidates for this treatment.

Facts About Obesity

  • Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in this country.
  • Approximately 127 million Americans are overweight and 60 million are obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) of >30), and nine million are considered extremely or morbidly obese (BMI>40, about 100 pounds or more overweight). That translates to an estimated 65.2% of US adults, 20 years or older.
  • Fifteen percent of children and adolescents are overweight, and 30.5 percent are obese.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian

NewYork-Presbyterian's bariatric weight loss surgery center of excellence offers surgical treatment for obesity and is one of six clinical centers in the United States to be part of LABS, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) consortium that evaluates bariatric procedures.

Bariatric Weight Loss procedures currently offered include:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • duodenal switch
  • gastric sleeve

About 90 percent of bariatric weight loss surgeries we perform are laparoscopic, which require a number of much smaller incisions, and result in less time spent in the hospital and a more rapid recovery period.

The service utilizes a team approach to care that includes surgeons, advanced nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and registered dietitians. Together, the team works with patients to help them sustain their weight loss and health following surgery.


Center for Obesity Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Phone: 212-305-4000

Weight Loss Surgery Program, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

Phone: 212-746-5294