At Westchester Health, our Bariatric Surgery Department contains board trained and certified physicians who specialize in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. The Bariatric Surgery Program at our partner medical facility, Northern Westchester Hospital, is fully accredited with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Studies show that bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment to combat severe obesity and maintain long-term, substantial weight loss. In fact, 90% of bariatric surgery patients lose at least half of their excess body weight.
With years of experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies involved in weight loss surgery, our bariatric surgeons employ the most innovative surgical methods to deliver satisfying, long-lasting results. Because we are a hospital-based bariatric surgery program, we are able to consistently provide the highest quality of surgical expertise and patient safety.
Once you decide to have this life-changing procedure, you immediately gain the support of our team of experts in nutrition, fitness, psychology and patient education who will guide you through your journey and support your commitment to maintaining weight loss long after surgery. Our team also places a strong focus on educating you and your family about lifestyle changes you can make to continue to achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital Is Designated a Center of Excellence
We are very pleased to be aligned with our Northwell Health colleagues at Northern Westchester Hospital, whose Bariatric Surgery Program has been designated a Center of Excellence.
A center of excellence is a specialized program within a hospital or ambulatory setting which provides an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine. The medical services of this specialized program are delivered in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner to bring about the best possible patient outcomes.
Delivering world-class care, centers of excellence distinguish their medical institutions as concentrations of expertise for the care and treatment of particular conditions. This allows the institutions to attract and retain the most highly skilled and experienced physicians, clinicians and researchers in their field, which in turn benefits patients by providing a higher level of quality care through the use of innovative tools, technologies and techniques—all of which improve outcomes.
A safe, surgical approach to losing and managing weight
Weight loss can be a long and difficult journey, but when achieved through bariatric surgery, it can greatly improve your appearance and self-confidence, and just as importantly, your quality of life. Excess weight can complicate life-threatening health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, liver disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. It can also aggravate serious health problems such as arthritis, joint deterioration and certain endocrine disorders. If you are obese (a BMI of 30 or more) and have one or more of these chronic health issues, weight loss surgery might be a very good option for you.
What makes Westchester Health’s Bariatric Surgery Department different?
At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.
From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand the bariatric surgery we are recommending, your treatment options and follow-up care. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain all the details of pre- and post-surgery and answer any questions you may have so that you fully understand what to expect.
Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Bariatric Surgery group truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.
Always at the forefront of medicine
The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding weight loss surgery. As part of Northwell Health, our bariatric surgeons participate in its Division of Bariatric Surgery training programs, making sure they are continually up-to-date on the newest technological advances in the field of bariatric surgical procedures and have ready access to the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques.
In addition, our bariatric surgeons are involved in ongoing clinical research programs that are crucial to developing new and improved methods of performing weight loss surgery. By staying abreast of changes in the field of weight loss surgery, our Division of Bariatric Surgery can provide the most modern treatments to minimize discomfort and improve recovery time for patients undergoing bariatric procedures.
Our surgeons are experts in a variety of bariatric surgery methods
Bariatric surgical procedures bring about weight loss by limiting the amount of food your stomach can hold. Most weight loss surgeries today are performed using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgical techniques.
Bariatric procedures vary widely, and your surgeon will help you choose the right one for you. This will depend on your current health status, your weight, your weight loss goals and your lifestyle—including your stress level, how active you are, and what you eat and drink. Some examples of the bariatric surgery procedures our specialists perform include:
Biliopancreatic Diversion/Duodenal Switch
The biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch procedure combines a Sleeve Gastrectomy with an intestinal bypass with a Roux limb of 150 cm, common channel of 125 to 150 cm and the remainder bypassed from the food circuit. Although this procedure involves removing part of the stomach, the pyloric valve is preserved, which regulates the passage of stomach contents into the small intestines so that you feel full longer.
Lap Band Surgery
This minimally-invasive surgery involves fitting a silicone band around the upper part of your stomach. To accommodate fluctuations in your weight, your surgeon can tighten or loosen this band by adding or removing saline from a balloon that fits inside it.
Laparoscopic or Open Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass reduces the size of your stomach and limits your capacity for food and drink. This procedure can be an open surgery or a minimally invasive surgery. If done laparoscopically (minimally invasive), your surgeon will make five small cuts in your abdomen. Using small cameras and instruments, he/she will cinch the top part of your stomach, turning it into a small pouch that only holds about ¼ cup of solid food or two ounces of liquid.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
With this procedure (also known as Gastric Sleeve or Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery), your surgeon will remove 80-90% of your stomach. Your new stomach will be sleeve-shaped and about the size of a banana. Because this new stomach cannot expand, you will eat less. Studies show that most patients who undergo this surgery lose an average of 45-55% of their excess body weight within the first year.
Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
SILS is an alternative to regular gastric bypass surgery which normally involves 5-6 incisions., whereas SILS requires just one small incision. This can mean less scaring and a quicker recovery. Your eligibility for this procedure depends on how much excess weight you have, and whether you are fighting any infections or have scar tissue from previous surgeries.
Stomach Intestinal Pylorus-Sparing Surgery (SIPS)
This procedure is a modified biliopancreatic diversion/duodenal switch. It involves creating a sleeve gastrectomy that is slightly larger than the usual sleeve, with an attachment placed beneath the pyloric valve which controls emptying of the stomach into the mid-gut. Weight loss with this surgery is dramatic, with many patients losing up to 82% of their excess weight as far out as 12 years.
StomaphyX Procedure/ROSE Procedure
Several years after gastric bypass surgery, the stomach pouch commonly stretches, increasing your risk of regaining lost weight. The StomaphyX or ROSE procedure remedies this by re-reducing the size of your stomach endoscopically, without any incisions.