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Why Bariatric Surgery?

  • Bariatric surgery works by improving your metabolism, which helps control appetite and burn calories

  • May allow for improvement in obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure

  • Improve your quality of life

  • Synergy offers many weight loss surgery options, including:

    • gastric bypass​

    • sleeve gastrectomy

Bariatric surgery for better quality of life and health.

At Synergy Bariatrics, a department of ECMC in Buffalo, New York,  our mission is to provide compassionate, patient-centered medical and surgical care to patients seeking better health through weight loss and weight loss surgery. To do so, we use methods proven to get weight loss results, while striving to better understand the causes of obesity and related conditions.

Choosing to undergo bariatric or weight loss surgery is a big decision. There are several important steps that must be completed to begin the process.

We are proud of every one of our patients!

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 1. Attend a free, no obligation information seminar or complete the        

    seminar online. 

    This presentation discusses the weight loss surgery options offered by      

    Synergy Bariatrics, including risks, complications, and required lifestyle changes

      (Learn more)

2. Complete a registration packet, which you will receive after completing

     the seminar in person or online.

3. Have first appointment with one of our surgeons.

     Our office will contact you after receiving your registration packet. At this point,              itʼs important that you begin working with your health insurance provider to      

     understand our practice requirements for surgery approval. At Synergy Bariatrics,

     these requirements include:

  • A completed primary care physician document form for bariatric surgery

  • A complete panel of laboratory tests

  • A pre-surgical psychological evaluation from a provider specializing in bariatric surgery (a list of providers in our area can be found in the registration packet)

  • Completion of a nutrition class (Synergy Bariatrics hosts a free session led by Jennifer Turesky, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE)

  • Completion of a Fundamentals Workshops at Synergy Bariatrics (Synergy Bariatrics hosts a free session led by AnnMarie LiCausi, LCSW, Behavioral Specialist) 

The criteria for surgery are based on your body mass index (BMI) and your history of attempts at sustaining weight loss through diet, exercise, or medicines. (Calculate your BMI)

  • Age 18 or older

  • Body mass index of > 40

  • A history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts through diet, exercise, or medication therapy

  • Age 18 or older

  • Body mass index of > 35, with other chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea

  • A history of unsuccessful weight loss attempts through diet, exercise, or medication therapy

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Meet our Providers

(Click each provider's name to learn more about them)

Joseph A. Caruana, MD, FACS

Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgeon

Eyad M. Wohaibi, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

Christina Sanders, DO, FACS, FACOS

Bariatric and General Surgeon

Misty A. Hofert, MS, PA-C

Bariatric Physician Assistant

Nicole C. Scovazzo, EdD, MS, PA-C

Bariatric Program Manager

Bariatric Physician Assistant

Christina M. Scovazzo, MS, PA-C

Bariatric Physician Assistant

Ann Marie LiCausi, LCSW

Eating Behavior Specialist

Jennifer Turesky, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator

Scott V. Monte, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacist

For successful and healthy weight loss, itʼs very important that patients understand the requirements and are motivated to work with our staff, follow up regularly after surgery, and adhere to the lifestyle changes we will teach you.

Most commonly, people that are motivated to continue with follow-up visits, lose the most weight, and actively participate in their treatment of other medical conditions have the greatest improvement in their quality of life.

Office Location

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Synergy Bariatrics
30 North Union Road
Suite #104
Williamsville, NY 14221

Office Hours:

Monday:           8am - 4:30pm

Tuesday:           8am - 4:30pm

Wednesday:    8am - 4:30pm

Thursday:        8am - 4:30pm

Friday:               8am - 2:00pm

Saturday:        CLOSED

Sunday:            CLOSED

Contact us:
Phone: 716-565-3990
Fax: 716-565-3988

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