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Bariatric Surgery Program

The Bariatric Surgery Program at our St. Luke's Campus is an accredited center with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Why Choose the Bariatric Surgery Program at MVHS and William A Graber, MD, PC - Weight Loss Surgery?

In a word, experience.

Dr. William A. Graber and the Bariatric Surgery Program at MVHS have performed thousands of metabolic and weight loss surgeries since the program’s inception in 2002. The program is located at the St. Luke’s Campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, an affiliate of MVHS, in Utica, New York. The program maintains the highest standards in surgical techniques and practice standardization, which has resulted in a dependable program with excellent outcomes.

Quick Facts About Our Program

  • An accredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
  • More than 5,000 patients have undergone weight loss surgery at our center
  • Offering laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Revisional Bariatric procedures
  • Located in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York, just south-east of the Adirondack State Park.

State of the Art Bariatric Surgery Wing at Our St. Luke's Campus

Our valued patients and their families will feel at home in our bariatric surgery wing. Featuring a comfortable Adirondack theme, the floor has 40 patient beds, including 16 private rooms. Patient rooms provide a soothing environment for recovery, as well as the latest technology in care. From expedited lab results to advanced imaging systems, the high quality of patient care helps decrease patients’ length of stay. At MVHS, your caregivers are always nearby. Our decentralized work stations allow nurses and physicians to be in close proximity to their patients at all times.

Can I Benefit from Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight loss surgeries are for those affected by the disease of obesity and the medical conditions exacerbated by carrying extra weight. We are honored to care for patients from all over New York State, the Northeast and hundreds who have come to our program from outside the country.

Obesity is a complex health issue that deserves a deep understanding of all the influences involved. We are committed to providing lasting treatment for people who suffer from the disease of obesity via our surgical and multidisciplinary program. Our team of board-certified surgeons and healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping you understand all the options for metabolic/weight loss surgery to achieve your health and weight loss goals. 

Weight Loss Surgery Candidates Include:

  • People with a BMI of 40 or higher
  • People with a BMI between 35 and 40 with weight-related medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and /or musculoskeletal issues such as joint, back, hip, and knee problems.

Candidates are medically evaluated on an individual basis. Have your healthcare provider calculate your BMI and schedule a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at MVHS to learn more.

    Different Types of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

    MVHS offers some of the most well established metabolic/weight loss operations - the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, the Gastric Sleeve, and management/removal or revision of Adjustable Gastric Bands.

    Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

    The gastric bypass is a procedure that has been performed for decades. This procedure is regarded as the “gold-standard” of bariatric procedures. It provides significant weight loss of up to 80 percent of excess weight, generally achieved within 1 to 2 years following surgery. The gastric bypass works by restricting the amount of food that can be consumed in one sitting and also by altering gut hormones in a way that decreases appetite and increases feelings of fullness. But it is not just about weight loss – the gastric bypass is regarded as a highly effective treatment for diabetes in people who have a high body mass index (BMI). 

    Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve)

    The gastric sleeve works similarly to the gastric bypass in that there is restriction of how much food the stomach can hold at one time. Also like the gastric bypass, this procedure causes hormonal changes that decrease appetite and increase feelings of fullness. The gastric sleeve leads to significant weight loss, although it may be slightly less than the amount from gastric bypass.

    How to Get Started

    Visit or call 315-235-2540 to learn more about our program and to register for a consult. There are steps to undergoing metabolic / weight loss surgery – it is our pleasure to help guide you through this process. Contact our program today!

    Payment Options and Insurance Eligibility for Weight Loss Surgery

    Weight loss surgery is often covered by insurance; contact your insurance company to find out its requirements for weight loss surgery and what your coverage includes. We work with most commercial insurance, Medicare and managed care plans. We can also discuss the option of affordable healthcare lending, if needed.

    William A. Graber, MD, FACS

    Founded in 2002 by Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director Dr. William A. Graber, the Bariatric Surgery Program at MVHS has performed thousands of bariatric procedures since its inception and is an a­ccredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Dr. Graber is a board certified surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), holds a board position on the New York State Chapter of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is a member of the national ASMBS.

     “Obesity is a chronic health condition that deserves effective treatment options. It is not a cosmetic issue caused by a lack of self-control or will power. We are committed to providing lasting treatment for people who suffer from the disease of obesity via our surgical and multidisciplinary program.”

    - William A. Graber, MD, FACS