Bariatric Surgery at Forest Hills
Welcome to the Bariatric Surgery Program at Forest Hills Hospital. We appreciate that the decision to undergo weight loss surgery is a major one and that you undoubtedly have many questions and fears. Our goal is to provide you with information about the consequences of severe obesity and the benefits of weight loss surgery, which will allow you to make an informed decision about your health and your future.
The Bariatric Surgery Program at Forest Hills Hospital is a comprehensive program offering care before, during and after surgery including medical screening, help with insurance approvals, nutritional guidance, post-surgical care and support groups to help ensure your weight-loss success.
The program follows standards compliant with the safe practices of bariatric surgery as set forth by the policies of the North Shore-LIJ Health System and the guidelines of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
Bariatric surgery helps severely and chronically overweight people who have found diet and exercise to be ineffective. It can be a successful, long-term treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health. A body mass index (BMI) above 40 (about 100 pounds overweight) indicates severe obesity and candidacy for surgery. Surgery may also be an option for those with lower BMI (35-40) who suffer from life-threatening problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or obesity-related heart disease.
For more information, please call the Department of Surgery at (718) 830-4093.
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