Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Program
Sedentary lifestyles, long work hours and easy availability of foods that emphasize convenience over nutrition are all factors that have contributed to what is being described as an obesity epidemic in our nation. Being overweight is about more than how you look. Obesity has been linked to serious health consequences, including an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gall bladder and other diseases. To help those who have struggled unsuccessfully to achieve permanent weight loss, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers a bariatric surgery program. For those who are overweight by 100 pounds or more with significant comorbidities, bariatric surgery often provides the tools necessary for dramatic weight loss and improved health. To learn more watch this video:
Questions? Click here to email Good Samaritan Bariatric Coordinator Roseann Deluca, MSN, RN.
Types of Surgery
Good Samaritan’s team of expert bariatric surgeons offers three options for bariatric surgery, including the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric banding procedures. All have been shown to lead to dramatic and sustained weight loss.
The gastric sleeve involves removing a portion of the stomach to reduce its volume, thereby reducing the amount of food that may be consumed.
The gastric bypass,
sometimes called Roux-en-Y procedure, involves the sealing off of most of the stomach to reduce and control the amount of food that may be consumed. At the same time, the small intestine is re-routed to reduce the calories the body can absorb.
The gastric banding procedure involves a band made of special material placed around the stomach near its upper end. The band is inflated with saline to create a small pouch and narrow passage into the larger remainder of the stomach.
Potential weight loss surgery candidates are morbidly obese people who are surgery candidates are those who are 100 pounds or more overweight and are determined to safeguard their future and eradicate their struggle with this lifelong, life-threatening weight problem.
Critical to our patients’ success is Good Samaritan’s team approach to care. Bariatric coordinator Roseann DeLuca, MSN, RN, guides patients through the entire process, from pre-surgical clearance to post-operative support. She coordinates a series of educational and support groups where patients meet with those considering surgery in order to answer questions and share experiences. Roseann is with patients every step of the way on their journey to a new, healthier life. Our Registered dietitians also play a critical role in helping patients adjust their dietary habits with individual counseling sessions and focusing on behavioral changes to be able to attain and sustain a healthier lifestyle before and after surgery.
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Seminars and Support Groups
Good Samaritan hosts a support group for pre- and post-operative patients. The group is facilitated by a registered nurse (bariatric coordinator), social workers and group liaisons, including former patients and a registered dietitian. The bariatric support group is for individuals who, through shared experiences, strength and hope, are dealing with a metabolic disorder. Everyone is welcome in this process. There are no dues or fees to become a member. The group meets on a regular basis every other Monday and Tuesday at the hospital. Education and success are the common goals of the support group members and group leaders.
Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Being named an accredited center is recognition of the bariatric program at Good Samaritan for meeting rigorous standards and demonstrating a commitment to the delivery of safe and effective bariatric surgical care.
- Frank lost 150 lbs after bariatric surgery at Good Sam. Click here to see his story!
- Follow Elyse Capozza during this video diary chronicling her journey to weight loss. Click here to watch!
- Surgeon gives Amityville Woman new outlook on life. Click here to see her story!
- Janine tried many forms of weight loss and was unsuccessful.
- “My surgery was my turning point. I tried so many forms of weight loss, unsuccessfully. I knew my ultimate success would not be up to only me; working with the physicians and support staff at Good Samaritan, I never felt alone. The surgery is a tool; it’s not a "magic bullet". You need to be willing to make positive changes and I did. I‘ve lost more than 160 pounds and I have my life back. I recently started a new career in the beauty industry, a career that seemed impossible before my surgery. I feel a great sense of pride that I have reached a healthy weight. Every day, I feel good about myself: healthy, happy and hopeful.”
- Marcia and Heather made the weight loss journey together as a mother and daughter team.
- “Making the weight loss journey together, Marcia Marlow and her daughter, Heather Marlow-Rea have become a mother-daughter team. Marcia's journey began with her LapBand surgery and then an RNY gastric bypass. She has since lost a total of 128 lbs.
She is off all of her breathing and diabetes medications and takes less than half her blood pressure medication. She is enjoying life and spending quality time with her friends and family.
"Now that I am in my 60s I am enjoying the life that I missed in my 40s and 50s."
Heather's RNY gastric bypass helped her to lose more than 189lbs. She is off all of her diabetes, blood pressure and other medications. She has since returned to school and finishing her teaching degree.
"My surgery has given me a second chance and is the best thing I have ever done in my life."
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
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Edward H. Cussatti, MD, Director of Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Cussatti is the medical director of bariatric surgery and a Board-certified general surgeon, specializing in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002 and his fellowship training in bariatrics and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He is in private practice in general as well as advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery in West Islip and is an attending surgeon at Good Samaritan. A member of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Cussatti also belongs to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, as well as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has performed more than 900 bariatric procedures, including single incision laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, which are available for certain patients.
Way H. Lee, MD
Dr. Lee performs bariatric surgery, general surgery and complex advanced laparoscopic surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine in 2000 and completed his residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Dr. Lee studied under world-renowned surgeon Steven Lowry, MD, and also completed a laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2006.
Since then, he has performed more than 300 complex bariatric cases. He was trained under Michel Gagne, MD, who is considered the “father of bariatric surgery.” Dr. Lee is board certified in general surgery and is an attending surgeon at Good Samaritan. He performs laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, complex advanced laparoscopic surgery, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and, for certain patients, bilio-pancreatic diversion.