Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Your life shouldn't be defined by what your body will and won't let you do. For obesity sufferers this is a day -to-day struggle. At Orange Regional Medical Center, we believe you deserve a better quality of life.
Orange Regional Medical Center is designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE). This designation recognizes Orange Regional as demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of bariatric surgical care possible. Earning the BSCOE designation also distinguishes Orange Regional from other providers in both professional and patient situations.
Led by Dr. Firas Hamdi, Orange Regional Medical Center offers three minimally-invasive weight-loss procedures called Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. These bariatric services can help you get back on track to living a fuller, healthier, more active life.
And because these leading-edge procedures are offered right here in this community, you won't have to travel far from home to receive the best in quality care.
Dr. Firas Hamdi is with Crystal Run Healthcare and is Board-certified in General Surgery and Fellowship-trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed a General Surgery residency from Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester. Dr. Hamdi has performed Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastric Band Surgery and Sleeve Gastrectomy and has earned recognition with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Center of Excellence Surgeon.
Firas Hamdi, MD
Orange Regional Medical Center
Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E. is Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgery Program Manager. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the State University College at Oneonta and her Master of Science in Education from Queen’s College University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian, an American Heart Association Certified Cardiovascular Counselor and a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society. She brings more than 27 years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Orange Regional. Janet can be reached at 845-333-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know your options
Orange Regional Medical Center offers three safe, minimally- invasive surgical weight-loss options - Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy - performed by a team of world-class surgeons. These procedures reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
What is Gastric-Bypass?
This procedure involves the reorganization of the digestive system. The surgeon creates a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach by stapling it together. The surgeon then attaches part of the small intestine to the new pouch, effectively "bypassing" the part of the stomach that has been sealed off. This causes your body to absorb fewer calories, leading to weight loss.
What is Gastric Banding?
During this procedure, the surgeon places an inflatable and adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, partitioning it into two parts. The band creates a small opening that allows limited food to pass through each section, resulting in controlled food intake. This means you will feel full while eating less.
What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
This procedure removes approximately seventy-five percent of the stomach and results in less food consumption, causing you to eat less and lose weight. Following the surgery, what remains of the stomach is a narrow tube or sleeve which connects to the intestines. There are no nutritional deficiencies as a result of a Sleeve Gastrectomy because it does not affect the absorption of food and the intestines are not affected by the surgery.
Have additional questions? Read our Bariatric Surgery Frequency Asked Questions
Learn more at a free seminar or support group
If you've been considering weight-loss surgery, we recommend attending one of our free weight-loss surgery seminars to help you decide which option is right for you. These seminars provide an opportunity for you to learn more about each procedure, including what you can expect in the days, weeks and months after surgery. Physicians will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have. Out Bariatric Surgery Support Group is for both pre- and post-op bariatric patients to gain more knowledge and share experiences with other patients.
To learn more about your weight loss options, find a bariatric surgeon or attend a free weight loss surgery seminar or support group, call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).
Orange Regional offers Complementary Therapies as a part of your recovery. Complementary Therapies aim to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of an illness. Orange Regional Medical Center offers Reiki Therapy as a natural approach to healing and wellness and our Pet Therapy Program helps make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our patients.
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