Jacobi Medical Center sees rise in bariatric surgeries

Doctors say they perform about five surgeries a week in the Bronx.

Doctors say they perform about five surgeries a week in the Bronx. (3/7/14)

THE BRONX - More and more people in the Bronx are willing to go under the knife in order to achieve a healthy weight. 

Jacobi Medical Center doctors say they're performing bariatric surgeries on about five patients a week. They offer three kinds of operations, but gastric bypass is the most common across the country. 

Surgeons say they’re helping people get rid of medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. 

James Pittman is among those who have changed their lives with the procedure. He went from 340 pounds to 175 pounds three years ago. 

The surgery costs about $20,000, and is covered by almost all insurance providers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. 

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