Bariatric (Weight Loss) Program
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Frequently asked Questions | What is Bariatric Surgery?
Obesity is a serious health threat. It can shorten your lifespan significantly and have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Adirondack Medical Center's comprehensive weight management program has surgical and non-surgical weight management options for people of all ages and stages of weight-management need.
Adirondack Medical Center is proud to serve the area as home to the only Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery Program in northeastern New York. Our program has been recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation.
We have been performing weight loss surgery since 2000. Michael Hill, M.D. is the program's primary surgeon. Gwynn Antonson, M.D. is the medical director of the Bariatric program.
The program offers four types of weight loss surgery: the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Duodenal Switch, the Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (the Lap Band). The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Duodenal Switch are procedures that reduce the size of your stomach, making you feel fuller. Those procedures also bypass a segment of your intestine which means not all of the food you eat will be absorbed into your body. The Sleeve Gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach but does not bypass intestine. The Lap-Band is a less-invasive weight loss surgical procedure which reduces the stomach's capacity and restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. The Lap-Band procedure does not require stomach cutting and stapling or gastrointestinal re-routing to bypass normal digestion. All of these procedures are performed laparoscopically. Your surgeon will help you determine which procedure may be best for you.
You won't have to go through this alone. There is a team of professionals standing behind every bariatric patient at AMC. Patients are carefully screened and a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, mental health professionals and discharge planners all work with each individual to make sure they are ready to make the lifelong changes necessary for a successful outcome.
Patient education is the single most important factor in ensuring positive outcomes. All patients must participate in education and support groups with physicians, nurses and nutritionists.
For more information about AMC's Bariatric Program, visit our FAQs, e-mail AMC's Bariatric Program at bariatrics@amcCares.org or call (518) 897-2531.
We have posted online for your convenience educational and information resources to guide you through our program. Click here to see the list of resources available to you.
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||AMC is accredited by the Joint Commission. Click here to view the Joint Commission Public Notice.
||AMC is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
||Adirondack Medical Center's Bariatric Program and Dr. Michael Hill have been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.