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There are many reasons to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some people want to feel better about their appearance. Others are simply tired of the burden of being overweight and want to improve their daily quality of life. Then there are those with serious health concerns.

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Life-threatening complications include diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease; those who are 80 lbs or more overweight can be at serious risk for these conditions. But there is something you can do.

Weight loss surgery is a proven, long-term, effective treatment for the severely obese. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has one of the most experienced teams of weight loss surgeons in the country. Physicians here pioneered minimally invasive techniques, resulting in shorter hospital stays and recovery times. Their integrated approach – coordinating nutritional, medical, surgical, and behavioral services – offers our clients the best mix of strategies for achieving and maintaining permanent weight loss.

Learn about NewYork-Presbyterian's expert weight loss surgeons, and how to contact them.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was chosen as one of six clinical centers in the United States to participate in LABS (the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery), a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate bariatric surgery and its long-term physiological effects.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital hosts the Second Annual International NOTES Course, December 1516, 2008 in New York City.

Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) is an emerging technology in minimally invasive surgery. Using an existing body orifice and passing instruments through the wall of an organ to access the abdominal cavity holds the promise of essentially painless surgery with minimal recovery time.

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