Bariatric Surgery - Surgical Specialists of Greater NY
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Bariatric Surgery

When you can’t reach your weight-loss goals with diet and exercise, you may consider bariatric surgery. The board-certified team of general surgeons at Surgical Specialists of Greater NY performs bariatric surgery. With offices on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Astoria area of Queens, and Bayside neighborhood in Flushing, the team provides surgery for people living and working in New York City and the surrounding areas. To see if bariatric surgery can help you, make an appointment at the office most convenient to you by phone or online today.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a type of weight-loss surgery that involves making changes to your digestive system, reducing the amount of food you can eat, absorb, or both.

You may consider bariatric surgery when diet and exercise fail to help you drop unwanted pounds and your weight is affecting your health.

Surgical Specialists of Greater NY includes board-certified general surgeons who specialize in bariatric surgery. The team uses the most advanced tools and techniques so you get the best outcomes with less risk.

What are the types of bariatric surgery?

There are many types of bariatric surgery. Your surgeon reviews the surgical procedure best suited for you after your consultation.

Types of bariatric surgery include:

Gastric bypass

The gastric bypass is the “gold standard” for weight-loss surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon creates a small stomach pouch by removing the top portion of your stomach from the rest of the organ.

Your surgeon makes an incision in the first portion of your small intestine — the duodenum — and divides it in half and attaches the 1-ounce stomach pouch to the distal portion of the small intestine, bypassing the first section.

Sleeve gastrectomy

During the sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon removes the outer portion of your stomach, creating a banana-like sleeve.

The surgery limits the amount of food you can eat and removes the portion of the stomach that releases your hunger hormones, helping to control your appetite.

Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS)

The BPD/DS is a two-part procedure.

First, your surgeon creates a small stomach pouch similar to the sleeve gastrectomy. Then, your surgeon connects the stomach to the end portion of your duodenum, bypassing a major part of your small intestine.

The BPD/DS procedure limits the amount of food you can eat, reduces hunger pangs, and reduces nutrient absorption.

Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?

The surgeons at Surgical Specialists of Greater NY use strict criteria to determine if bariatric surgery is the right choice for you. A good candidate for surgery must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more or a BMI 35 and higher with weight-related health problems.

In addition to weight and health, the team also considers your past weight-loss efforts and your willingness to make major changes to your lifestyle after the procedure.

To schedule your bariatric surgery consultation, call Surgical Specialists of Greater NY or book an appointment online today.