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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.


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

*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

During this procedure a bariatric surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or 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. The tube-shaped stomach that is left is sealed closed with staples.

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 then attaches this pouch directly to the small intestine, bypassing most of the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. This reduces the amount of fat and calories you absorb from the foods you are able to eat for even more weight loss.

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.

Judy did it, and you can too!

“I have a whole new attitude about life. It’s just so much easier now. When you have a healthy body, every-thing else seems to fall into place. I love shopping for clothes and playing with my grandson.”
Judy, Binghamton

*Weight loss results may vary on the individual.

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


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 offered every other month at the UHS Stay Healthy Center.

May 24 from 6 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Register Now
July 6 from 6 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Register Now
September 21 from 6 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Register Now
November 16 from 6 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Register Now

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