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Bariatric Surgery Program

The Bariatric Surgery Program at our St. Luke's Campus is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited – Comprehensive Center.

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

Dr. William Graber and the Bariatric Surgery Program at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have performed thousands of metabolic and weight loss surgeries since 2002. The program, which is located at the St. Luke’s Campus, is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited – Comprehensive Center. The MBSAQIP designation ensures we maintain the highest standards in surgical techniques and practice standardization, which has resulted in a dependable program with excellent outcomes.

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.

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 comfortable rooms that provide a soothing environment for recovery, the latest technology in care, and staff well experienced in the specialized care of the bariatric surgery patient. 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:

If you are overweight and have been unable to lose and maintain weight loss through diet, exercise and/or medications, you could be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Typical candidates include:

  • People with a body mass index (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
  • Patients who have been unsuccessful with adjustable gastric band surgery.

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 for more information.

    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.

    Beginning Your Weight Loss Journey

    At MVHS, our dedicated team of experienced professionals is here to assist you throughout your weight loss surgery journey. Visit www.drgrabermd.com or 315-235-2540 to learn more about our program and to register for a consult. It is our pleasure to help guide you through all the steps of undergoing weight loss surgery.

    Payment Options and Insurance Eligibility for Weight Loss Surgery

    Weight loss surgery is often covered by insurance; contact your insurance company to find out your requirements and what your coverage includes. We work with most commercial insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. We can also discuss your options for affordable healthcare lending, if needed.

    William A. Graber, MD, FACS

    Dr. William Graber is the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director for the Bariatric Surgery Program of the St. Luke's Campus of MVHS. He founded this program in 2002, after recognizing the need for a weight loss surgery program in Upstate New York. Since then, his practice has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries on those affected by the disease of obesity. Dr. Graber holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Haverford Pennsylvania, and a medical doctorate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (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