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Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

Severe or "morbid" obesity is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat through dietary modification and exercise alone.  Classification of obesity are defined by your body mass index (BMI).  You are considered obese if you have a BMI of 30 or more.  Severe obesity is defined as having a BMI of more than 35.  Morbid obesity constitutes a BMI of 40 or more.  Individuals with a BMI greater than 35 who cannot lose weight and keep it off by non-surgical means, or who suffer from serious obesity related problems, bariatric surgery such as a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve may be the best option for lasting weight loss.

If you are overweight, suffer from weight related conditions, and have struggled to lose weight and keep it off with diet and exercise, weight loss surgery may be right for you.  St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY under the guidance of weight loss surgeon/bariatric surgery director William A. Graber, MD, FACS, is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited center.  The MBSAQIP program is structured to continuously improve care quality and patient safety.  Our bariatric program consists of a dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dietitians and other health care professionals devoted to guiding you through the process of weight loss surgery.

If you are considering a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or revisional bariatric procedure, please visit the website of William A. Graber, MD, PC for more information.  Every bariatric surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY specializes in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, which uses the most advanced techniques to perform wieght loss surgery.

For more information about weight loss surgery and St. Joseph's Program of Excellence for bariatric surgery, please see the following:

  • Website of William A. Graber MD, PC
  • Contact:  William A. Graber, MD, PC
  •                Medical Office Centre
                   104 Union Ave, Suite 809
                   Syracuse, NY 13203
  • St. Joseph's Resource Line for physician and program information: Call (315) 703-2138 or 1-888-785-6371

Bariatric Surgery Support Group 

The bariatric surgery support group offers a chance for new patients to ask questions of people who have already had weight loss surgery.  Those who have already had surgery are there to share their experiences.  Feel free to bring family and friends for support.

Please Note: The April 18th Bariatric Support group meeting will be held at Fleet Feet in Dewitt located at 5800 Bridge Street, East Syracuse.   The meeting will be 6:30 PM to 8 PM and allow for browsing the store, one on one session with coaches as well as shoe fittings.

Meeting date and time: Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. 

Meeting place:   
St. Joseph's Health Care Network Building
                            7246 Janus Park Drive (off Taft Road)
                            Liverpool, New York
                            Conference Room A (2nd floor)
                            Please park in cardiopulmonary patient parking section.

Contact person:
Danielle O’Brien, 315-448-5825

No fee

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Resource Line
Phone: (315) 703-2138
Toll Free: 1-888-785-6371