Bariatric center at Rochester General Hospital is certified as a comprehensive bariatric center

June 21, 2015

Rochester General Hospital’s bariatric center, Bariatric of Western New York, has been designated as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Americans Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In order to earn this distinction, the bariatric program must meet essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and protocols for support.

“We are proud to provide the highest standard of bariatric care as evidenced by our being named as a Comprehensive Center,” said Anthony DiBenedetto MD, Medical Director of the Bariatric Program at Rochester General. Our focus is to provide patients with the best evidence-based preoperative, surgical and postoperative care.”

This prestigious designation ensures that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure. This comprehensive, patient-centered approach helps improve patient outcomes and long-term success.

Obesity is a major health issue not only in the United States, but worldwide. In the US, the National Institutes of Health estimate that more than 36-million people suffer from severe obesity and 26 million people have been identified who qualify for bariatric surgery. Medical conditions related to obesity account for 6% of all healthcare expenses.

“Scientific studies show that patients who have bariatric surgery have a better quality of life” said Dr. DiBenedetto. “And, in addition to increased confidence and improved self-esteem, many medical conditions associated with obesity, such as type-2 diabetes, high blood-pressure/cholesterol and sleep apnea improved or can be eliminated.”

At Rochester General Hospital, there are two surgeons specializing in the field: Anthony DiBenedetto MD and Alok Gandhi DO. They regularly perform three bariatric procedures; Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Duodenal Switch.

“Every patient has different needs and expectations,” said Dr. DiBenedetto. “We not only discuss the appropriate surgical options, but our comprehensive care program is designed to make the patient experience as stress free as possible

For more information on the services offered, and the opportunity to attend a free educational seminar, please contact Bariatrics of Western New York at 922-2900. Additional information is also available at

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