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Weight Loss Surgery in New York

When considering weight loss surgery, New York residents have a great deal to consider. Researching your options can sometimes be overwhelming. We hope the following will answer some of your questions concerning surgical weight loss.

Staff of Bariatric Doctor, Syracuse, NY Image - William A. Graber, MD, PC
Bariatric surgery team member at the
William A. Graber, MD, PC Syracuse office.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Long term weight management through non-surgical treatments has proven largely unsuccessful for those suffering from obesity. With proper diet, medications, behavior modifications and exercise, patients often lose modest amounts of weight for short periods of time. However, statistics show that long-term weight loss using these methods is rare. In contrast to non-surgical treatments, weight loss surgery has demonstrated to be highly effective at sustaining long-term weight loss.

For those individuals who cannot lose weight and keep it off by non-surgical means, or who suffer from serious obesity related problems, bariatric surgery may be the best option if their BMI is greater than 35. Click here to calculate your BMI.

Weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) is a life-changing procedure. In some cases, the patient can lose 100 pounds or more. We offer several options for surgery. As you consider these options you’ll have many questions and concerns. Our team of bariatric professionals is dedicated to helping you make an informed decision about which surgery is right for you.

Overview of Weight Loss Surgery

We offer some of the most well established metabolic/weight loss operations — the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Gastric Sleeve, and management/removal or revision of Adjustable Gastric Bands. These procedures work by restricting the amount of food that can be consumed in one sitting and also by altering gut hormones in a way that decreases appetite and increases feelings of fullness.

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common restrictive weight loss procedure performed throughout the United States. Open Roux-en-Y surgical procedures have been done for over 60 years; however, the use of the laparoscopic method of surgery now allows for a shorter hospitalization and recovery period.  Please call us toll-free at 1-877-269-0355 for a consult to discuss the differences between all the bariatric procedures, i.e., Roux-en-Y gastric bypassadjustable gastric band, gastric sleeve, and revisions of previous bariatric procedures.

Using Your Surgical Tool

Whichever weight loss procedure is the right fit for you, it is important to think of your surgery as a "tool". Just as it would be difficult to build an entire house with only one tool, the same could be said about relying solely on your surgical tool for long term, lasting success on your weight loss journey. Through our years of experience, we've found that people do best with weight loss surgery when they include all the other "tools" in their toolbox — diet vigilance, regular exercise, vitamin/mineral supplementation as advised, support from family/friends/support groups, and regular visits with their bariatric team.

With locations in Syracuse and New Hartford, we serve all of Upstate New York. Don’t wait another day to schedule a consultation concerning weight loss surgery. New York-based William A. Graber, MD, PC is here to help.


Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Did You Know

that obesity is the
2nd leading cause
of preventable death in the
United States, after smoking?

And every year, people who are
obese spend approximately
$1,429 more on medical bills
than those who are at a normal weight.

BMI Range

< 18.5 = Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 = Normal
25.0 - 29.9 = Overweight
> 30.0 = Obese

Obesity Treatment Pyramid

Surgery: BMI 35+ with co-morbidities, BMI 40+

Weight Loss Medications: BMI 27+ with co-morbidities, BMI 30+

Lifestyle Modification: BMI 25+

Did You Know?

More than 1/2 (35.7%) of U.S. adults are obese.

Since opening in 2002,

Dr. Graber and his team have treated more than 5,000 patients.


83% Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
and 44-88% Urinary Stress Incontinence
and 41-76% Degenerative Joint Disease
resolved after treatment plus
Improved Quality of Life in 95% of patients

55% of Depression cases

and 52-92% of Hypertension cases
resolved after treatment
plus 82% Cardiovascular Disease risk reduction

Although results differ

from patient to patient, patients
generally experience a
weight-loss of 40-80%
2-3 years after the operation.