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Bariatric Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bariatric surgery safe?

Overall, the risks of bariatric surgery are low, and most patients experience few, if any, complications. However, this is major surgery and serious, even fatal, problems may arise. Bariatric surgery should be considered only after all other weight loss solutions have been exhausted.

Which surgery is right for me?

You and your doctor will discuss the various surgical options, their benefits and risks. Several factors will be considered in determining which operation is best for you, including your body mass index (BMI) and your eating habits.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for bariatric surgery?

You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Have body mass index (BMI) of at least 35 (about 100 pounds above ideal body weight)
  • Have repeatedly attempted to lose weight through dieting but has not been successful
  • Are highly motivated to lose weight
  • Are willing to change current eating habits
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 68

What are the benefits of the surgery?

General benefits, including improved quality of life, are weight loss and the treatments of other related health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea to name a few.

How will the surgery improve my life?

For one, that constant feeling of hunger will go away and you will think less often about food. Plus as you lose weight, you’ll have more energy to do activities and you’ll feel less out of breath while doing those activities. Lastly, the surgery helps to treat some of the other problems you may be experiencing such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, urinary incontinence, acid reflux, arthritis and high cholesterol.

What are the side effects of the surgery?

Each surgery has its own unique risks and side effects. But in general, side effects after surgery include hair loss, nausea/dumping syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, lactose intolerance, changed bowel habits, loss of muscle mass, gallstones, excess skin, pregnancy problems.

Why should I choose New York Methodist for my surgery?

New York Methodist is recognized by The American Society of Bariatric Surgery as a "Center of Excellence" in bariatric surgery.

How can I learn more about bariatric surgery?

Attend one of our orientations, given the 4th Thursday each month from 5:30-7:30 pm. After the orientation, we hold a 90 minute discussion for people who’ve already had the surgery. For more information, call 718.780.3288.

If my doctor decides I’m a candidate for the surgery, what are next steps?

Once you and your doctor have agreed that you’re a candidate for the surgery, you’ll want to attend one of our information sessions, held the 4th Thursday of every month. Then you’ll need to organize you medical records and contact your insurance company to receive the proper insurance forms and options for payment plans. Lastly, you’ll want to schedule a consultation with your doctor. You can do that by calling 718.780.3288.

For more information, please call 718.780.3288.