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Faxton St. Luke's Helps Treat Obesity

It’s a problem that affects over one hundred and fifty million people in the United States. We’re talking about obesity. Faxton St. Luke's right here in Central New York has one of the top bariatric centers in the state to help the nearly 24 percent of New Yorkers who are overweight or obese.
It’s a problem that affects over one hundred and fifty million people in the United States. We’re talking about obesity. Faxton St. Luke’s right here in Central New York has one of the top bariatric centers in the state to help the nearly 24 percent of New Yorkers who are overweight or obese.
Faxton St. Luke’s just got their Center of Excellence accreditation renewed by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. That program is bringing people to the area who want to change their lives.
"I have Osteo Arthritis, I have herniated disks in my back. I've already had a hip replacement. I would like to have a better quality of life," said Barbara Dolan.
Dolan chose Faxton St. Luke’s because of its accreditation as a center of excellence.
"There are other bariatric surgeons in my area, but a friend of mine had it here. She had such wonderful results that this is where I wanted to come," said Dolan.
And it’s also safer.
"Patients who have surgery in not accredited facilities. There mortality rate is three times higher than those patients that have bariatric and metabolic surgery in an accredited facility," said Bariatric Nurse Angela Soja.
It’s not just about the death rate though. It’s also about overall care for the patient, which Dolan is experiencing.
“You get to see a dietitian, the doctors, a psychiatrist to make sure you're ready for, cause it’s a major life change,” said Dolan.
According to the American Heart Association, obesity costs upwards of 200 billion dollars a year in medical costs. Faxton St. Luke’s is one of 50 centers of excellence in New York State.

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