Phone: (718) 445-0220
At the Hospital:
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Members of the Bariatric Surgery Team at New York Hospital Queens
Joel Ricci-Gorbea, MD
Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery
In the United States, 30 percent of adults or about 60 million people, are clinically obese –weighing 30 pounds or more over their ideal body weight (Body Mass Index or BMI > 30kg/m2). Obesity has become a major health problem for the United States and especially in New York City. Ten percent of all healthcare expenditures in this country are now spent on managing or treating obesity and its many complications. In the borough of Queens 20-30 percent of residents, depending on the neighborhood, are clinically obese.
Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) is offered to motivated individuals who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise and who are at least 75 to 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. Long-term studies have shown that bariatric surgery for these individuals results in significant, and more importantly, sustained weight loss. In addition, it can bring about dramatic improvement and sometimes resolution in patients suffering from diabetes, hypertension and a number of other obesity related complications. Studies have shown that patients who undergo obesity surgery live longer lives (because of the weight loss and improvement in obesity related medical problems) when compared to a group of individuals who do not have surgery and remain obese.
An experienced, multidisciplinary team provides bariatric care (or obesity surgery) to patients at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ). The surgeons – Drs. Stephen Merola and Armando Castro – offer the full range of bariatric procedures currently available in the United States and they perform these procedures using minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques. The surgeons are also aided by a bariatric coordinator who helps patients navigate their way through the various testing that is required before surgery in order to make certain the procedure can be performed safely. Additionally, this coordinator serves as a resource to help each patient with their weight loss journey after surgery so that they can obtain their best results possible. The NYHQ team also includes a group of nutritionists, psychologists and exercise specialists.
Individuals interested in learning more about weight loss surgery at NYHQ are asked to attend a very informative orientation seminar at the hospital. To find out the dates and times of upcoming seminars please call (718) 445-0220 and either choose the menu options for Dr Merola’s coordinator, Dr Castro’s coordinator. Language interpretation assistance is readily available.
For more information and registration call 718-445-0220
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