Obesity is the most common health problem in the United States today, affecting over one-third of Americans. About 5 million people suffer from Clinically Severe Obesity, which is present when people are approximately 100 lbs. Overweight, or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40kg/m2 or more than 35kg/m2 with other medical conditions. At St. Luke’s-Roosevelt, Louis Flancbaum, MD, a nationally recognized authority on the surgical treatment of obesity and chief of the division of Bariatric Surgery, performs Gastric Bypass Surgery on patients who have clinically severe obesity. The surgery involves dividing the stomach into a one-ounce pouch and re-routing the small intestine into that pouch, thus bypassing the rest of the stomach. After the gastric bypass, patients typically lose between 50% and 75% of their excess weight over a period of 12-18 months. The weight regained after 5 years is only 10% to 15% of the weight that was lost. Performed for more than 20 years, Gastric Bypass has consistently been proven safe and effective, and has been endorsed by the National Institute of Health, the World Health Organization, the American Obesity Association, and Shape up America.

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