Bariatric Surgery


Our surgeons perform the sleeve gastrectomy as a laparoscopic procedure.


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Weight and Its Effects on Health

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death. Weight loss has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality related to obesity.

Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Whether the extra pounds are a result of genetics, metabolism or lifestyle, their health is at risk. They are more likely to have developed, or have increased risk to develop, many health problems (co-morbidities), such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acid reflux
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Increased risk for certain types of cancers

Surgery for Morbid Obesity

Our surgeons perform the sleeve gastrectomy as a laparoscopic procedure. This involves making small incisions in the abdomen and performing the procedure using a video camera (laparoscope) and long instruments that are placed through these small incisions.

With sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach is made smaller by stapling and dividing the majority of the stomach and removing it from the body, leaving a narrow gastric “tube” or “sleeve.” The hormone produced by the stomach is also reduced. This hormone is found to play a very important role in regulating hunger and modulating energy distribution and expenditure.

Meet Our Team

Jihui Li, MD



Yaniv Cozacov, MD



Learn More

Time to Act on Obesity



The Facts About Bariatric Surgery



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