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Bariatric Surgery

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To find out if weight loss surgery is right for you, learn about the requirements for surgery.

NEW – Non-Surgical Option

Catholic Health is now offering ORBERA, a non-surgical weight loss procedure. This safe and effective procedure is designed for patients that may not be an eligible candidate for bariatric surgery but haven’t been successful in losing weight with diet and exercise or even pharmaceutical interventions. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

More than one third of American adults are overweight, according to the Journal of American Medicine. For many, it's just a matter of carrying a few extra pounds. For others, it can be a life-threatening medical condition.

Serious health problems are either caused by or worsened by obesity. Among the most common are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, infertility and even certain types of cancer.

Bariatric surgery, which includes gastric bypass and lap band surgery, is the only proven, long-term treatment for obesity.

When combined with diet and exercise, bariatric surgery can help you to achieve your weight loss goals where other methods have failed. Some patients lose as much as 65% of excess body weight.

Our patients enjoy one-on-one attention and staff who are sensitive to their needs. We know that obesity is a disease and offer compassion and encouragement to help you live a healthier lifestyle.

Catholic Health Locations

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone & Hours

St. Joseph Campus
2605 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Phone & Hours

Bariatric Surgeons Affiliated with Catholic Health

Dang Tuan Pham, MD
Dang Tuan Pham, MD
Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery
Currently accepting new patients
John D. Rutkoski, MD
John D. Rutkoski, MD
Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery
Currently accepting new patients

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

When you choose us, you can be assured that you will receive the best of care.

Our program has been recognized by third-party organizations as one of the top bariatric programs in the nation.

Learn more about Sisters Hospital’s recognitions.

Why Choose Catholic Health?

One-on-One Appointments with Your Bariatric Surgeon

Our bariatric surgeon will meet with you at every appointment. He will take the time to listen to your concerns and will encourage you to contact him with questions both before and after your surgery.

At other bariatric centers, your experience may be more impersonal, with care provided by physician assistants; you may not meet your doctor until the day of surgery!

Private Rooms

Nothing is overlooked in ensuring your comfort.

Following surgery, our bariatric patients recover in private rooms that are designed specifically for patients seeking weight loss surgery.

Compassionate Staff

Our staff is highly trained in catering to the needs of the bariatric patient, both physically and emotionally.

To learn how to best make our bariatric patients feel comfortable and to anticipate your needs, our staff undergoes training each year.

Support Throughout Your Weight Loss Journey

Your relationship with Catholic Health continues after surgery. Within 72 hours, our nurse practitioner will follow up with you by phone. She can talk you through your diet, fix problems with filling your prescriptions and help with issues at home.

We also offer support groups to weight loss surgery patients or those struggling with obesity. Click here for more information about our support groups.

I have always been overweight and have struggled with it since I was 10 years old.

My pediatrician encouraged my parents to put me on diets, and they signed me up to a gym at a very early age. At 23 years old, I knew I'd be lucky if I made it into my 30s. This surgery was my last resort. I was dealing with emotional issues on top of the physical ones.

If someone told me a year ago all of the things I would be doing today, I would never have believed them. I have lived so much in the past year – physically, emotionally and socially. I was restricted before. My entire life has changed, I have a new lease on life. I don't consider weight an issue anymore when I go to do things, and before, going to a restaurant was really hard.

It saved my life. If I could help one person, I will tell my story. I just want to shout it from the top of a mountain! I could probably climb a mountain now!

– Jessica Pitingolo