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Bariatric Surgery

Through Bariatric surgery and lifestyle coaching, patients can lose pounds, reduce blood pressure and curb sleep apnea. 

Services and Programs

UHS Bariatric Program Criteria:

  • 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.

Steve did it, and you can, too!

“Before I started the program, I had high blood pressure and I would get short of breath from walking. Now, I love being outside, I’m active again. I can walk up stairs or hills and not be out of breath.”
Steve, Vestal

Bariatric Surgery & Binghamton Bariatric Program Team

Our Bariatric surgery and bariatrics team includes the surgical staff of Dr. Christian Tvetenstrand, Dr. Anishur Rahman, and Dr. Peter Ojo. These professionals work closely with a licensed clinical social worker, registered dietician, nurses, and other quality support staff all to create a comprehensive program of care.

Types of 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.

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 better problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, severe arthritis and/or depression are remedied significantly.

UHS Comprehensive Weight Management

Components of our Bariatric Program

  • Initial orientation class
  • Individual assessment
  • Pre-surgical group counseling
  • Post-surgical group counseling
  • Weekly day and evening support groups
  • Family education program
  • Nutritional counseling with registered dietitian

Clinical Staff

  • Christian Tvetenstrand, MD
  • Peter Ojo, MD
  • Anishur Rahman, DO, FASMBS
  • Mickey McCabe, LCSW-R, ACSW
  • Maureen Kennedy-May, RD, CDN
  • Liz Bennett, RN
  • Lin Ingrahm, MA

2017 Bariatric Support Group Schedule

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