Bariatric Surgery for Obesity
Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is offered to individuals with obesity who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. Long-term studies have shown that bariatric surgery typically results in significant and sustained weight loss. Dramatic improvement and sometimes resolution of diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and a number of other weight-related complications can occur after surgery.
Our experienced, compassionate, and multidisciplinary team provides bariatric care to patients here at New York-Presbyterian Queens. Our experts perform these procedures using minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques that result in less pain and quicker recovery.
- Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass This procedure reduces the stomach to the size of an egg, restricting patients to a slow intake of small amounts of food. A portion of the small intestine is also bypassed which decreases the amount of fat and calories that can be absorbed.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy - This procedure works primarily by reducing the size of the stomach to the shape and size of a banana, so the patient feels full after eating much less. In addition, the surgery removes the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone ghrelin so patients often feel less hungry. This procedure is simpler than gastric bypass as it doesn't involve rerouting or reconnecting of the intestines.
The Bariatric Surgery Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens is accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). MBSAQIP is the only national accreditation and quality improvement program for bariatric surgery. Being an MBSAQIP accredited facility means that NewYork-Presbyterian Queens has passed a rigorous review process, demonstrated it offers high-quality care in a multidisciplinary format and focuses on patient safety and clinical outcomes.
The bariatric surgical center provides a comprehensive program of bariatric surgery services that is convenient for Queens residents. Local patients who seek surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment through a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.
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How Do I Get an Appointment?
Please call our office to learn more about weight loss treatment options and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephen Merola or Dr. Joel Ricci-Gorbea.