Mount Sinai Morningside Bariatrics

The choice to have bariatric surgery is about much more than counting pounds on a scale. In addition to finally keeping weight off, it’s about embracing an entire lifestyle that can include lowering your risk for health problems such as diabetes, being able to enjoy more activities, and eating healthily. At the Mount Sinai Morningside Bariatric Surgery Program, our specialized team understands the daily challenges obesity can cause. We are skilled in the surgical techniques that will give you the best possible outcome. Our program has always been committed to your health, while maintaining the highest safety standards. During these trying times, we want to reassure you that we are here to provide the care you need. Your health and safety remain our top priorities.

We understand you may be worried about visiting any medical facility right now. But don’t let fear keep you from getting the care that is so vital to your health. It is important to get the health care you need—when you need it. Our world-class doctors, nurses, social workers, and patient educators provide the high-quality diagnosis and treatment you associate with Mount Sinai within the comfort and convenience of a nearby hospital. Our safety programs are second to none, and our services are of the highest quality, using the very latest treatment approaches and state-of-the-art equipment. We get to know you and your family, offering the personalized care and attention you deserve. Our message for you is simple but crucial: Do not put your health care on hold. Research shows that delays in getting health care can sometimes have further impact on your health.

Please call 212-636-1000 to schedule an appointment.

As of June 9, 2020, all Mount Sinai Health System locations, including Mount Sinai Morningside, have been approved to resume elective surgeries. We are providing care in safe, clean spaces so you can feel confident about coming in for your exams, procedures, and essential treatments. Our doctors, nurses, and staff are working 24/7 to ensure the safety of all our patients. We are protecting our patients with rigorous protocols that go beyond requiring face masks. Learn more at our Safety Hub.

Treatments We Provide

We build our approach to treatment around you and your family. Starting with your very first visit, our team—which includes surgeons, bariatric nurse practitioners, bariatric nutritionists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and support group leaders—takes the time to listen to your goals, explain your treatment options, and design a customized care plan for your individual needs.

With five bariatric surgeons, Mount Sinai Morningside performs one of the highest volumes of weight loss surgeries in New York City. This means our specialists have extensive experience handling routine to complex cases with excellent outcomes and low complication rates.

We are skilled in providing several laparoscopic procedures (using small incisions), including the following:

  • Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch: We remove part of the stomach and form the remaining stomach into an elongated pouch. In addition, we bypass a portion of the small intestine.

  • Gastric bypass surgery: In this procedure, we create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This is the only portion of the stomach that can receive food, which limits how much food can be eaten. We cut the small intestine and attach it to the pouch so it can receive nutrients directly.

  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding: With a “lap band” procedure, we fit an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach. We also place a port in the abdomen, connected to the band, so fluid can be injected and removed. This adjusts the size of the band, which decreases (or increases) the part of the stomach that can receive food.

  • Sleeve gastrectomy: This technique involves removing part of the stomach. We form the remaining stomach into a narrow, elongated pouch. This also shrinks the usable part of the stomach and the amount that can be eaten.

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Patient Education and Support

We are committed to making sure you feel fully informed and warmly supported both before and after surgery. Our preop class meets weekly to provide you instructions and other valuable information to prepare you for surgery. We also have preop support groups to enable you to discuss issues and receive encouragement.

Once surgery is completed, we offer multiple postop support group meetings each month. Groups are in both English and Spanish. We also offer weekly sessions with a wellness coach who leads a fitness class.

In addition, each month we offer Food and Fitness groups. These are free, medically supervised classes covering topics such as healthy weight loss, realistic goal setting, self-motivation, and individualized exercise routines.