Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Program

MBSAQIP Accredited Center Quality ProgramThe Columbia University Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) facility. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into the single unified MBSAQIP program in order to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgical centers. Being a MBSAQIP facility means that NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has met the essential criteria that ensures it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS ASMBS Accreditation Program.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalThe Hospital’s Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery program has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Bariatric Surgery Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital is the first hospital in Westchester, and one of only six nationwide – to receive this certification.

The Hospital and its Bariatric Surgery program underwent a rigorous on-site review to earn the certification. Joint Commission experts evaluated the program’s compliance with national disease-specific care standards and clinical practice guidelines. Performance measures also were assessed. The Gold Seal certification underscores the quality of the program and the evidence-based care patients receive.

With special expertise in minimally invasive approaches, the Center offers a full range of weight loss surgeries including laparoscopic gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic gastric bypass. We pride ourselves in our comprehensive approach to weight management, which incorporates a multidisciplinary team including nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, and psychologists. Once patients have reached their stable weight, we offer them body contouring procedures in collaboration with our plastic surgery colleagues.

Attend a Weight Loss Seminar

The Columbia University Center for Metabolic Weight Loss Surgery invites you to attend our free preoperative education seminar. This seminar is conducted by the clinical staff to provide information regarding surgical options, risks of surgery, expected weight loss and lifestyle changes required after weight loss surgery. All patients considering weight loss surgery are required to attend this seminar before scheduling an appointment with our department. Seminars are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Check our calendar of events here to find one that works for you.

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Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

The Columbia University Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Lawrence also invites you to attend its Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Support Group meeting. Attendees will discover what to expect after surgery; how to incorporate new and important diet restrictions; identify strategies for adjusting to a slimmer you; and learn from others who’ve been on the same journey. The Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Support Group meetings are free and open to the public. They take place on the first Wednesday of each month. To learn more, go to our calendar or call 914-787-4000.

Also, research has found that many obese patients are at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). People with sleep apnea literally stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, often for a minute or longer and as many as hundreds of times during a single night. If you think you may be at risk, you can contact The Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital to learn more about a sleep study at 914-787-4400.

In addition, NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital has a partnership with the Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Surgery in New York City to provide patients with additional weight loss services.

Once patients have reached their stable weight, we offer them body contouring procedures in collaboration with our plastic surgery colleagues.