Richmond University Medical Center’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
Conveniently situated at 4434 Amboy Rd and 1161 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York, the Richmond University Medical Center’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute serves residents throughout Staten Island and beyond with a diverse range of surgical services provided by a team of highly trained and experienced doctors. If you are struggling with obesity, look no further than the weight loss surgical services available at RUMC.
Obesity is a term used to describe patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, and it’s considered a serious, chronic disease that can lead to a range of adverse health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes and more. While its causes are often difficult to pinpoint, they can include poor dietary habits, genes, metabolism and certain endocrine disorders and diseases.
Statistics show that the past several decades have seen a significant increase in the likelihood of obesity in men, women and children. In New York alone, the adult obesity rate rose from 16% in 1997 to 25.5% in 2016. And according to the National Institute of Health, more than one-third of all American adults are currently obese. Approximately one-third of all children in the United States ages 2 to 19 are also considered overweight or obese.
The bariatrics field is a medical specialty that explores the study and treatment of obesity through surgeries or other applicable methods. Richmond University Medical Center’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute is operated by knowledgeable medical professionals trained to perform a wide variety of bariatric procedures aimed at addressing obesity, including:
- Sleeve-Gastrectomy: During this procedure, roughly 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed to restrict food intake.
- Gastric Bypass: This common procedure involves dividing the stomach into one small upper pouch and a bypass of approximately two feet of small bowel where food will not be digested.
- Bariatric Revision Surgery: Revision surgery is a catchall for corrective procedures that will take place in patients who have already received bariatric surgeries that may not have had the intended effect.
- Lap Band Surgery: Lap Band surgery, also known as gastric banding, involves the application of a band that can be tightened around the stomach, creating a smaller space near the esophagus that helps you feel full faster.
- Support Groups: These groups help ease the surgical recovery process by connecting patients with others who have shared similar experiences with obesity and bariatric procedures.
Are You a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
If you are obese and struggling to shed weight through changes in diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be right for you. These procedures have been proven to assist not only with weight loss, but with the treatment of several obesity-related conditions, too. Typically, patients who meet one of the following criteria are considered qualified for bariatric treatment:
- BMI is greater than 40
- BMI is greater than 35 and is present alongside at least one related condition, including, but not limited to, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, or osteoarthritis
Think you are a good candidate for RUMC’s bariatric services? Call (718)-818-4020
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Life After Surgery
Though the completion of a bariatric procedure is a significant milestone in any weight loss journey, there is still much to be done in order to thrive post-surgery. Here is an idea of what you can expect after your surgery.
- Nutrition and diet: After your procedure, the bariatric surgery team will provide you with a comprehensive dietary check list to follow for the first month after surgery and beyond. Supplements are often a part of the picture, too, including multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin B12, calcium and iron.
- Medications: Many obese patients must take medications to deal with the medical problems associated with obesity including diabetes or high blood pressure. Oftentimes, these medications may be stopped after as weight loss continues after successful bariatric surgery. After surgery the patient will follow up with their private medical doctors and adjust the medications as necessary.
- Fitness: Bariatric procedures can assist with weight loss, but they are not a replacement for regular, healthy physical activity. Follow your surgeon’s guidance to develop a fitness program that suits your body’s capabilities.
- Mental health: The physical changes that come along with bariatric surgery can lead to a variety of jarring psychological ups and downs. It is important to be prepared for these obstacles, as they may affect personal relationships. Fortunately, if you find yourself struggling, a surgeon, psychologist, or therapist should be able to help.
- Weight plateaus: As you begin to lose weight, your body weight will naturally plateau; it is just what the human body is designed to do. But do not let these plateaus discourage you from further weight loss efforts, because they are a fundamental part of the journey to a healthy weight.
- Sleep and stress: Proper weight management is difficult without a healthy sleep pattern. Post-surgery, try to sleep regularly and adequately. Additionally, be sure to manage stress, which can increase without the appropriate amount of sleep. High stress can throw a wrench in weight-loss efforts. Stress management options often include exercise, meditation, or support groups.
- Smoking and drinking: Many surgeons request that patients quit smoking or chewing tobacco prior to surgery to help prevent complications. Likewise, avoiding alcohol is another common recommendation, as it contains a great deal of calories and is almost absent of nutritional value.
- Pregnancy: Experts typically recommend avoiding pregnancy for 12 – 18 months after surgery, so you have plenty of time to reach a healthy weight. Additionally, pregnancy necessitates increased nutrient intake, which is typically not recommended after bariatric surgery.
- Follow-up care: Regular checkups are common after bariatric procedures. These appointments afford an opportunity to identify issues while also helping keep patients on track with weight-loss efforts.
Insurance and Financing Options
In order to create a seamless healthcare experience, Richmond University Medical Center offers a variety of insurance and financing services. Patients with limited incomes may qualify for discounts if health insurance does not cover a given procedure or if you are left with a significant balance after your healthcare coverage is applied.
Additionally, if you qualify for low-cost insurance, RUMC’s financial counselor can provide assistance with the application process. For a full rundown of our financial services and information on how to apply for applicable discounts, visit the Richmond University Medical Center financial assistance summary.
Choose Richmond University Medical Center for Your Bariatric Surgery Procedure
Seeking Bariatric Services at RUMC affords a valuable opportunity to improve your overall quality of life. Our Bariatric and Metabolic Institute is spearheaded by Dr. Alex Barkan, M.D., M.B.A, F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., who has performed thousands of bariatric surgery procedures since entering the field in 2006. Dr. Barkan has also developed several cutting-edge procedures including robotic surgeries, ensuring that you will receive the most advanced bariatric care available.
For more information on Richmond University Medical Center’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, contact us today at (718)-818-4020, and ask about our next free bariatric seminar.
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