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UHS Bariatric Surgery Program

The UHS Bariatric Surgery Program is led by a team of medical professionals who provide quality care and ongoing support as you work toward your weight loss goals. Our program can help you manage your weight and weight-related health issues, such as sleep apnea, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and joint pain.

Your support team will include providers, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, exercise physiologists and office staff who are all dedicated to your success.

Carolyn did it, and you can too!

“From my heaviest, I’ve lost 156 pounds. This program helped save my health and it was a major boost for my self-esteem. Now I’m living the life I’ve always imagined I could live.”
Carolyn, Endicott

*Weight loss results may vary on the individual.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

As we are all aware, sustained weight loss is a formidable challenge for morbidly obese patients. However research has shown, with surgical assistance, patients typically lose excess weight more quickly in the first year than with diet alone.

Even weight-related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, severe arthritis and/or depression can be remedied significantly.

Criteria for Bariatric Surgery

You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Our experts can help you decide if you meet the qualifications. Some of the initial criteria for the surgery include:

  • BMI of 40 or greater
  • BMI of 35-39 with a co-morbid condition, which may include: high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, severe arthritis, etc.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

Our program offers three weight loss procedures: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, and Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve. All of our surgeons are specially trained in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, which always provides for a quicker recovery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

A portion of the stomach is removed and takes the shape of a sleeve. This operation is performed laparoscopically, meaning that the surgeon makes small incisions as opposed to one large incision. He or she inserts a viewing tube with a small camera (laparoscope) and other tiny instruments into these small incisions to remove part of the stomach. Patient is left with a sleeve shaped stomach.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)

Is a type of weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch – about the size of an egg. It does this by stapling off a section of it. This reduces the amount of food you can take in at meals. The surgeon removes a small portion of the stomach which is then sealed, and a portion of the lower intestine is attached to the new pouch where food ingested will bypass the the larger portion of the stomach in to the lower intestines. Vitamin supplements will be necessary as there is a lack of absorption of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients due to bypassing the stomach. Weight loss commences due to the limits of food you will be able to ingest.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (AGB)

This procedure is a specifi c type of weight-loss surgery. During gastric banding surgery, a band is wrapped around the upper stomach to limit food intake and slow the progress of food through the digestive system. No part of the stomach is stapled or removed. The intestines are not rerouted, the small intestine can absorb nutrients from food and waste can be eliminated in the normal manner.

Cost of Bariatric Surgery

The following are examples of insurance plans that have considered a weight management program to be "reasonable and necessary" and have covered the services. However, insurance plans and coverage policies vary by employer, therefore you should contact your insurance plan with respect to these services. BCBS, Medicare, Aetna, Empire, United HealthCare, CDPHP, MVP, Cigna, and RMSCO.


Mike did it, and you can too!

“I eat healthier now and I feel healthier. My outlook on life is better. I’ve lost over 100 pounds and I feel great.”
Mike, Binghamton

*Weight loss results may vary on the individual.

Components of our Bariatric Program

  • Must have a physician referral.
  • Complete an intake
  • Schedule initial assessment.
  • One group education class: pre surgery.
  • One family Education Class: pre surgery
  • Pre surgery support groups
  • Nutitional Counseling

Want to Learn More?

Bariatric surgery is a life changing decision, so it is important you have all the information you need. Join us for a free seminar with our program coordinator to learn about the benefits of bariatric surgery, types of procedures, surgery process and how to get started. Seminars are free and offered every other month at the UHS Stay Healthy Center. Register for one here.

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