Fingerlakes Bariatrics

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Fingerlakes Bariatrics is a comprehensive bariatric program that provides surgical intervention for patients with morbid obesity. We focus on behavioral change to help patients achieve long term successful weight loss. A major component in helping patients better understand their condition is the program’s commitment to education and support to help achieve behavioral change that must occur in addition to surgery to ensure the best possible long term results.

Our Team

The Bariatric team is led by Dr. Carl A. Weiss III, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) as well as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS). He, as well as Dr. David H. Okolica (who joined the practice in April 2014), has extensive experience in bariatric surgery and advanced training in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. The nursing and dietary support staff are experienced and well versed in the specific needs of the bariatric patient. Most important is the program’s commitment to help patients understand that while surgical intervention is a major step in overcoming morbid obesity, compliance with specific dietary recommendations, regular exercise and support group participation are all essential to achieve long term success.

Why Choose Auburn Community Hospital's Bariatric Program?

Fingerlakes Bariatrics is designated as a Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery. It is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and is a member of MVP’s Bariatric Surgery Specialty Network. It is also designated as a Blue Center of Distinction for Bariatric Surgery by Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Our Services

The services provided by the Bariatrics team are designed to help achieve long-term success with proven surgical procedures in conjunction with support group participation with meetings held on a weekly basis that are led by the bariatric team.

Pre-Surgical Evaluation

  • Dietary counseling by licensed dietitians to begin the education process on the importance of proper nutrition before and after Bariatric surgery.

Surgical procedures

  • Gastric Sleeve

    Over the past several years, Gastric Sleeve has gained popularity as a bariatric surgery option for ALL the right reasons:

            1.  It does not require implantation of a foreign body

            2.  It does not require re-routing of the intestines

            3.  On average, people can expect to lose 60% of their excess weight with diet and             

                 behavioral changes.

            4.  Surgery time is about 45 minutes

            5.  Hospital stay is only 1-2 days

            6.  Less long term nutritional deficiencies

            7.  Less short term complications such as strictures and ulcers

            8.  Return to work in 1 week

  • Gastric Bypass -

Gastric Bypass is another bariatric surgical option to consider and has been performed for many years.  This procedure is often done laparoscopically.  It does re-route the small intestine which requires lifelong nutritional supplementation to avoid problems such as anemia or osteoporosis.  Surgery time is 90-120 minutes; hospital stay is 2-3 days and return to work is in 2-3 weeks.  Strictures, requiring endoscopic dilation, and ulcers are the most frequent short term complications.  On average, people can expect to lose 70% of their excess weight.

Post-surgical support

  • Follow-up medical evaluations and laboratory evaluation.
  • Nutrition counseling by licensed dietitians that are physician supervised to help establish and assure behavioral changes that will result in long-term successful weight loss.
  • Support groups are held every Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 pm (except the 5th Wednesday of the month) and every Friday from 12-1 pm at Auburn Community Hospital.

Our Technology

Fingerlakes Bariatrics uses advanced laparoscopic techniques and instrumentation in state-of-the-art operating room suites specifically designed for laparoscopic surgery. Minimally invasive surgery requires several small incisions and results in a less discomfort and quicker recovery in comparison with conventional surgical approaches.


The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) seeks to recount the thousands of success stories that occur after weight loss sugery.  As a patient, you can view these personal stories that serve as validation of your motivation and provide inspiration. 

This Time It Counts

Hours of Operation

Fingerlakes Bariatrics is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 7:00 a. m. to 3:00 p.m. and
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For More Information

To schedule an appointment or to request information about Fingerlakes Bariatrics, please contact us at:
(315) 255-7036, visit our website at

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