SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY — Phelps Hospital announces the addition of bariatric services to their surgical expertise. Bariatric services offer weight-loss surgery and a comprehensive support program to assist morbidly obese individuals in improving their health.
Morbid obesity has been identified as an epidemic by numerous healthcare organizations and medical experts. People who are morbidly obese are more likely to have serious health problems such as diabetes and sleep apnea, and they are at higher risk for heart attacks, strokes and certain cancers. Morbidly obese people also have a decreased life expectancy.
Dr. Wayne Weiss, a board certified surgeon specializing in general surgery, surgical critical care and bariatric surgery, has been named as the Director of Bariatric Services at Phelps. He has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries over the last 15 years, including laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. “Extensive morbid obesity is a threat to the US and the world,” said Dr. Weiss. “The condition is responsible for disability, decreased productivity and quality of life, as well as increased healthcare costs.” People who are morbidly obese often present as orthopedic patients or as people seeking physical rehabilitation services, since joint problems are common.
In an effort to minimize a host of other medical problems that stem from morbid obesity, a multidisciplinary approach is key to providing excellent bariatric services. At Phelps Hospital the team of specialists will follow this approach, which is consistent with other bariatric centers of excellence. Team members partner with patients in a process that begins with an assessment to determine if weight-loss surgery is appropriate. Phelps Hospital has a strong orthopedic and physical rehabilitation unit where collaboration between all services can happen quickly in one place, lessening the burden for the patient to coordinate their care. Nutritional, pharmaceutical and psychological support services are also provided, and a patient navigator is available to assist patients with various appointments and insurance approval.
“I’m impressed with the Northwell organization and am excited to be at Phelps,” said Dr. Weiss. “The expansion of bariatric services in Sleepy Hollow is a great convenience for people living in Westchester, Rockland, and the Northern Bronx, who will now be able to access world-class weight loss surgery close to home.”
For more information about the expanded bariatric services, please call (914) 595-1439.
About Phelps Hospital Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care non-profit community hospital serving the residents of Sleepy Hollow, NY, and surrounding communities since 1956. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Caring for the community is at the heart of what Phelps does. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 650 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 66,000 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.