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Bariatric Center of Excellence

Arif Ahmad, MD, Director

The Bariatric Center of Excellence at Mather Hospital is a leader in the area, performing nearly 600 procedures in 2013 with a proven record of safety. Procedures include sleeve gastrectomy, lap band and gastric bypass which employ the latest laparoscopic surgery techniques and robotic surgery for minimal scarring and improved recovery times.

We are committed to providing the highest quality of individualized and personal care to meet your needs.

Mather Hospital, together with Dr. Arif Ahmad, Director of the Bariatric Program at Mather, is designated a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). Programs with Center of Excellence designation practice high quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient to the best of their ability.

Dr. Ahmad is a board-certified surgeon with Fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery, including bariatric surgery. Dr. Ahmad was named One of America’s Top Surgeons by Consumer Research Council.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is not an easy one, and we offer you support every step of the way. In addition to our extensive pre-surgical education program, we provide long-term follow up and support to ensure the best possible weight loss results.

Why Mather?

At Mather Hospital’s Bariatric Center of Excellence, a wide range of laparoscopic procedures are offered. These procedures can help you look and feel your best through a safe and minimally invasive procedure. We are presently the only bariatric center in Suffolk County that also utilizes the da Vinci® robot for bariatric surgery, which results in great surgical precision and control resulting in less trauma to the patient.

With an onsite Sleep Disorders Center, Laboratory and Imaging Services Department, Mather Hospital will meet your medical needs as a participant in our Bariatric Surgery Program.

Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery

In addition to relieving symptoms and helping patients lose weight, you will benefit from the laparoscopic technique, which provides advantages such as:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less trauma
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery times

The incisions from laparoscopy do not require any sutures because of their small size, and generally heal quickly with minimal scarring. Most patients prefer the appearance of several smaller scars that are barely noticeable, rather than one large incision that is several inches long.

The full healing process is substantially shorter with laparoscopic surgery than with traditional open procedures. After surgery, you can usually return home the same day, or after a brief hospital stay. You can expect to return to work and other regular activities after a few days. However, exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

Individualized Care from Our Staff

Patients choose Mather’s Bariatric Center for our clinical excellence and our friendly, supportive environment. Whether you are 18 or 65 years old, our program offers everything that you need, from informational meetings and preoperative testing to surgery and postoperative care.

Research shows that ongoing assistance and post-operative guidance result in improved long-term health status and weight loss success. It is because of this that we offer support groups, and our staff is available to you every step of the way. You are treated as an individual and given undivided attention and dedication so that you can receive the best possible results. For more information, call 631-686-7990.