Bariatric Surgery Procedure

Vol. 16, No. 1
Winter 2006

  • Winthrop's Bariatric Surgery Program Leaves Lives Forever Changed

  • Bariatric Surgery Procedure

  • Angioplasty Proceduresat Winthrop Ranked at the Top by NY State's Health Department

  • Singapore Doctors and Hospital Leaders Tour Winthrop's Cardiac Care Facilities

  • Pulmonary Rehab Programis Step in Right Direction for Lung Disease Patient

  • First Annual Pulmonary Hypertension Walk Raises Thousands for Research

  • Winthrop's Diabetes Education Center Celebrates Grand Opening of New,Larger Facility

  • Winthrop's Diabetes Education Program Once Again Merits ADA Recognition

  • Annual Check-Up Catches Early-Stage Tumor, Minimally Invasive Procedure Spares Kidney

  • Winthrop First to Perform Spinal Radiosurgery with CyberKnife

  • ASU Tours Help Young Patients Prepare for Surgery

  • An Elegant Evening of Celebration & Charity

  • The Guardian Society Thinking Ahead for Your Future and Winthrop's

  • Syde Hurdus Foundation Supports Endoscopy Center and Research

  • Treiber Family Gives in Memory of Their Son

  • First Annual "Evening of Tasting & Giving" Raises Thousands

  • Cardiac Surgeon and Family Donate in Support of Heart Surgery Center Construction

  • Auxilians Once Again Join Hands to Help Pediatrics

  • "Extend the Holidays" Toy Drive Keeps Smiles Going

  • The Pat Lyons Foundation

  • "Family Sunday" Created for Cancer Center for Kids' Patients

  • Jay's World Foundation Furthers Support of Winthrop's Pediatric Facilities

  • Williston Park Rotary Lends Support for Cancer Survivors' Program

  • Winthrop Welcomes 2006 Golf Tournament Co-Chairs

  • Garden City Resident Celebrates Birthday by Helping Young Patients

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  • At Winthrop-University Hospital's Institute for Specialty Care, bariatric surgery is performed by Board Certified, experienced surgeons with advanced training in obesity surgery. With impressive success rates, Winthrop's bariatric surgery experts perform laparoscopic gastric banding and laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass.

    Laparoscopic gastric banding, a minimally invasive procedure, involves the placement of an inflatable band around the top of the stomach, limiting food intake. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, another minimally invasive procedure, reduces the size of the stomach and restructures the intestinal tract and suppresses appetite and restrict the amount of calories absorbed.

    In order to qualify for bariatric surgery, candidates must be considered morbidly obese, which means 100 pounds overweight (men) or 80 pounds overweight (women) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40. Alternatively, the procedure may be appropriate if the patient is 80 pounds overweight with a serious obesity-related condition such as diabetes or life-threatening cardiopulmonary problems.

    "When people become morbidly obese, there really are no other options available because studies show every option has a 95% failure rate with these particular patients," explained Dr. Vithianathan. "While there are those who feel bariatric surgery is risky, the chance of dying as a result of the procedure is onetenth of the risk patients face if they continue on living the way they have without surgery.

    "Ultimately, success depends on the patient's post-surgical, life-long commitment to modifying eating habits and participating in ongoing exercise programs. With maintenance, patients lose a majority of their excess weight and generally see an improvement in other serious medical conditions, including diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease and hypertension."

    Following surgery, patients are offered post-operative support services, including a monthly support group, which is attended by Dr. Vithianathan and his staff.

    "After the procedure, they are seen regularly by the surgeon and nutritionist for follow-ups," explained Karen Norowski, RN, BSN, Bariatric Nurse Coordinator, who also provides emotional support. "If the patient is having difficulties, I partner them with a buddy--a former patient--to counsel them through the first six weeks post-op.

    "What truly sets Winthrop's bariatric surgery program apart from others is that there's a lot of personal contact between the patient and the surgeon," she added. "It makes a difference in the patients' lives."

    For more information or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, call (516) 663-3300 or (516) 663-8936.

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