RHINEBECK – To help people break the cycle of weight gain and improve their quality of life, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently launched a weight-loss surgery program.
The hospital offers minimally invasive gastric bypass, sleeve and band surgeries, which change the anatomy of the digestive system to decrease hunger, absorb fewer calories and burn fat more quickly.
A complimentary dinner seminar about the new program, “When Diets Don’t Work: A Look at Weight Loss Surgery,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Frank Guido’s Little Italy in Kingston. Call 845-554-1734 to reserve a seat.
Surgeries are performed by Dr. Brian Binetti, who joins Health Quest Medical Practice’s general surgery division on Apr. 24. He will lead the seminar on May 9, which will feature information about the program for people who are interested as well as their loved ones.
Binetti comes from Albany Medical Center, where he’s been doing weight-loss surgery since 2008. Fellowship trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, he also repairs all types of hernias and treats gastroesophageal reflux and acid reflux diseases.
“Life-changing bariatric surgery offers a new beginning,” said Binetti, who lives in Rhinebeck. “In this intimate community hospital setting, patients benefit from personalized attention and supportive aftercare, so they can make lifestyle choices that improve their health and lives for the long term.”
Surgery patients are counseled on diet, exercise and behavior change and are screened — and treated — for existing medical problems such as sleep apnea and diabetes. The hospital offers a free support group for people considering surgery and post-operation.
“Bariatric patients shouldn’t have to travel to Albany or Westchester to receive high quality care, or be far from their surgeon during recovery,” hospital President Denise George said. “Now, we have a skilled bariatric team and a state-of-the-art medical pavilion, giving people the option to stay close to home.”
Binetti’s team includes: bariatric program coordinator Mae Antonio, a registered nurse, and nutrition counselor Roufia Payman, who runs the support group. Binetti was trained as a resident at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey.
HQMP’s Division of General Surgery Rhinebeck office is at Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave.
For information, visit www.healthquest.org/events for bariatric support groups and seminars or call Binetti’s office at 845-871-4275 (TTY 800-421-1220).