Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery
Obesity can lead to other illnesses from chronic to acute, some very severe and deadly, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, coronary vascular disease, heart attack, stroke and even cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use.
Mercy Medical Center is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program that offers weight loss surgery with efficacy, efficiency and safety.
Shawn M. Garber, M.D., ACS, FASMBS, chief of bariatric surgery at Mercy Medical Center, and his colleagues in the New York Bariatric Group, Spencer A. Holover, M.D., Jeffrey W. Chiao, M.D., John D. Angstadt, M.D., Eric A. Sommer, M.D. and Nikhilesh Sekhar, M.D., have performed thousands of minimally invasive weight loss procedures. In addition to its specially trained bariatric surgery team, the hospital has a dedicated bariatric unit with rooms and accommodations specially designed for post-surgery comfort and privacy. Specially trained plastic surgeons, such as Kevin Howard Small, M.D., who are experts in skin reduction are also available.
Weight loss surgery, known medically as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients who are approximately 100 pounds or more overweight and have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise programs, and weight-loss medications. Someone who is 60–80 pounds overweight may qualify if he or she has a medical condition related to obesity.
Mercy offers minimally invasive weight loss surgery performed by some of the country’s leading bariatric surgeons. With a nationally accredited Bariatric Center, we perform more than 600 weight loss procedures a year and offer laparoscopic:
"As some of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in the region, we know how crucial it is to select the right weight loss options for patients facing serious health challenges from a chronic condition known as morbid obesity. The members of our highly skilled surgical team have one of the largest caseloads in the northeast. They have been recognized for their excellent success rates in performing the safest and most effective weight loss procedures." - Dr. Garber
Mercy Medical Center is the first hospital on Long Island to offer a new even less invasive gastric banding procedure known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) that uses just one small opening in the abdomen, through the navel, rather than the five incisions required in traditional techniques. Select Sleeve Gastrectomy patients may also be candidates for SILS.
Pre and Post Bariatric Seminars offering education and information are offered monthly at New York Bariatric Group, Mineola, NY to those individuals who are contemplating bariatric surgery.
Free Weight Loss Pre and post Bariatric Seminars
BMI Calculator: Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with medical complications related to obesity, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and gallbladder disease.