• If you're considering weight loss surgery, there are six steps to take toward a happier, healthier you.

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    The Bariatric Surgery medical team at Putnam Hospital Center consists of board certified surgeons on the medical staff of Putnam Hospital Center,* bariatric nurses, nutritionists and physical therapists who all collaborate to provide coordinated, safe and seamless care. Team members will keep you informed every step of the way, from pre-surgery claim processing to day-of-surgery expectations and post-surgery nutrition and exercise guidance. The team is dedicated to your overall health and well-being.


    Who Could Benefit From Bariatric Surgery

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MBSAQIP SealYou may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or more, which is roughly equal to 100 pounds more than one's ideal body weight. You may also qualify if you have a BMI of 30 or greater, accompanied by other serious health issues related to obesity, such as diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea or high blood pressure. You must have repeated, unsuccessful attempts to lose weight through lifestyle changes and a willingness to make necessary, post-surgery lifestyle changes to achieve long-term success.

Step 1: Education

Choosing bariatric surgery is a big decision. We encourage you to learn more by participating in a Bariatric Surgery Online Seminar. The educational seminar can be completed in the comfort of your home at a time convenient for you.  A bariatric team member will contact you within five business days. Please set aside one hour to watch the ENTIRE seminar in ONE sitting.

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You may instead choose to join us for an informational seminar at Putnam Hospital Center. To register, call (845) 230-4797, TTY/Accessibility (800) 421-1220, or email for more information and to reserve your spot today. Be sure to include your contact information.

Upcoming on-location seminars:

Download the 2018 Support Group Calendar (PDF)

Step 2: Consultation

If you choose to pursue bariatric surgery at Putnam Hospital Center, the next step is to schedule a consultation with the bariatric surgeons* at Putnam Hospital Center.

Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Anthony Maffei, MD*

Bariatric Surgeon
Thomas Cerbona, MD*

Bariatric Surgeon
Jonathan Giannone, MD*

Bariatric Surgeon
Ashutosh Kaul, MBBS*

During your initial consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss which bariatric surgical procedure would be most appropriate for you. Results vary by individual and procedure.

gastric bypass
  • Gastric Bypass is the most common weight loss operation performed in the U.S. The procedure creates a small stomach pouch and allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. Having the smaller stomach pouch results in patients eating less food because they feel full sooner. Bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient's body absorbs fewer calories.
sleeve gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomyreduces the size and shape of the stomach from its normal football size to roughly the size and shape of a banana, reducing the amount of food patients need to feel full.
gastric banding
  • Gastric Banding (also referred to as lap banding) involves wrapping a small band around the upper stomach. This band can be adjusted as necessary by your doctor in order to alter the amount of food the stomach can hold – helping you feel fuller sooner and with less food.

Each surgical procedure is minimally invasive, using advanced laparoscopic techniques that require only small incisions. This frequently results in less pain and a quicker recovery. Talk with your physician to find out which surgery may be right for you.

Step 3: Pre-Surgery

Your surgeon will determine what lab tests you need and what specialists you'll need to see before surgery. Also prior to surgery, you will:

  • Have a nutrition evaluation and counseling with one of our dietitians
  • Undergo a psychological evaluation to make sure there are no underlying eating disorders or other issues that would prevent you from succeeding after surgery
  • Attend support group sessions
  • Complete pre-op testing

Step 4: Surgery

Regardless of which type of surgery you and your surgeon decide upon, the surgery itself is minimally invasive, using laparoscopic techniques and requiring only small incisions. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the type of surgery, you may be back on your feet within a day.

Step 5: Recovery

Recovery from surgery will vary with each individual and the type of surgery, but you may expect to resume normal activity within one to two weeks.

Step 6: Support

After surgery, patients receive comprehensive follow-up support including monitoring of weight loss progress and vitamin levels. Specialized nutritionists help patients adjust their eating patterns to safely reach their weight loss goals.

Our weight loss support also includes:

  • Support groups to share personal experiences, held at all three Health Quest hospitals
  • "Pound A-Weigh" fitness program, designed by a physical therapist and personal trainer to introduce physical activity
  • Medically supervised nutrition counseling for overweight and obese individuals

Most patients report seeing results within four weeks.

Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery & Weight-Loss Center

Putnam Hospital Center has been nationally recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This program recognizes organizations that practice top-quality care and ensure the most successful outcome possible for each patient. To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Putnam Hospital Center underwent a rigorous site inspection. All aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined as well as data on health outcomes.


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Phone: (914) 347-0162
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TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220

Putnam Hospital Center
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY 10512
(845) 279-5571
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220

*The physician identified in this group is neither an agent nor employee of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations. This physician has selected our facilities as the place where he wants to treat and care for his private patients.