SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS IN GLEN RIDGE, NJ
Weight loss patients in Glen Ridge, NJ, trust Nusbaum Medical Centers to provide the highest-quality weight loss surgeries. Dr. Nusbaum is a world-recognized authority on weight loss surgery. Together with his medical associates, he has performed over 6,000 weight loss surgeries and helped NJ weight loss patients lose a total of 500,000 lbs and counting.
Having written some of the defining medical literature on bariatric weight loss surgery and appearing on national news channels as a surgical weight loss specialist, it’s no wonder that weight loss patients in Glen Ridge turn to his medical practice to meet their weight loss goals.
Weight Loss Surgery in Glen Ridge
Contact one of our five offices located throughout NJ, and we can help you start the path toward life-changing weight loss. Our passion is to aid weight loss patients in meeting their goals and help them sustain those goals for life. Nusbaum Medical Center is here with you for every step of your weight loss journey.
Do I Qualify For Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is a serious procedure requiring lifelong dedication to healthy habits, routine follow-ups, and nutritional supplements. Applicants usually have to try weight loss by conventional means before a weight loss surgeon will approve them for bariatric weight loss surgery.
To qualify for weight loss surgery, patients must generally meet the following requirements:
- They have a BMI over 40
- They have a BMI over 35 and are suffering severe comorbidities as a result of their obesity
- They are more than 100 lbs over their ideal body weight
- They cannot achieve healthy body weight, even after medically supervised dieting
Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery has proven as a highly effective procedure for managing obesity and treating any comorbidities associated with it. Weight loss surgery candidates can expect to lose between 30% to 40% of their excess body weight after six months.
Let’s explore some of the other benefits:
1. You Have Various Options for Weight Loss Surgery
Knowing all available options is the best way to ensure you are making the best decision. Modern bariatric weight loss surgery offers patients various options that alter the body differently, but all produce the same result.
2. Most Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries Are Covered By Insurance
Bariatric weight loss surgery is not cosmetic surgery, so medical insurance companies will have a hard time denying coverage if you and your medical team show that the procedure is medically necessary.
3. You’ll Feel Fuller Faster and For Longer
Though each option goes about it in a slightly different way, the result of weight loss surgery is that you feel fuller faster and for longer periods of time.
4. Reduce the Amount of Calories You Absorb
Restrictive and malabsorptive procedures reduce the number of calories your body can absorb, helping you keep the weight off.
Learn more about some of the weight loss procedures Nusbaum Medical Center offers patients:
Weight Loss Surgery Options
Gastric bypass is considered to be one of the most effective and safe surgical weight loss options. Existing in one form or another for over 70 years, the procedure has evolved alongside our understanding of digestion and metabolism. This is the reason that gastric bypass is the most performed weight loss surgery in the US.
The safest version of the procedure is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Combining both restrictive and malabsorptive techniques, patients eat less and absorb less of the calories from what they can eat.
During the weight loss surgery, a surgeon staples off a large majority of the stomach. This serves to restrict the amount of food one can eat. Then the stomach is rerouted to connect directly to the jejunum, which causes food to bypass the section of the small intestine responsible for calorie absorption.
- Uses restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to induce rapid weight loss
- Patients feel full faster
- This leads to the resolution of comorbidities associated with obesity
- The procedure is performed laparoscopically, so patients receive small incisions
The gastric sleeve or sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure that doesn’t reroute your intestines. Instead, the majority of the stomach is removed, so the patient is physically unable to eat large amounts of food.
- Reduces stomach capacity while still allowing for the regular consumption of food, just in smaller amounts
- Removes the section of the stomach that produces the hunger-producing hormone ghrelin
- It does not lead to complications surrounding intestinal bypass because this procedure only focuses on the stomach
- Considered very effective for patients with a high BMI
Gastric band procedures do not require any cutting, rerouting, or stapling of the stomach and intestines. Instead, this less-invasive procedure temporarily restricts the stomach’s capacity through the use of a band.
The two main gastric band surgeries approved by the FDA are Lap Bands and Realize Bands. Both work similarly but use different materials.
Lap Band Surgery
Lap band surgery is the older of the two options. During this weight loss procedure, an adjustable band is wrapped around the upper portion of the stomach, effectively creating a two-chambered stomach. The first chamber is small and cannot hold much food, so patients feel full much faster.
Realize Band Surgery
The newer type of gastric band surgery uses a silicone ring wrapped around the upper area of the stomach. This works in a way similar to the lap band procedure. The smaller upper pouch can only hold about half a cup of food, greatly restricting what can fit comfortably in the stomach.
- Least invasive surgery – no cutting, rerouting or stapling
- Gastric bands can be regularly adjusted to induce weight loss if a patient starts to gain weight again
- The adjustable band means customizable weight loss
- Faster recovery time and less pain
Single Incision Surgery
Nusbaum Medical Centers use SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgeries, trademarked by Covidian. We use this surgical system for any of the above surgeries if we deem it medically advisable to do so. The benefits of having a single incision are manifold. You can expect a faster recovery time, less scarring, and require less time under anesthesia.
Our Service Areas
Nusbaum Medical Centers has 2 office locations in Cedar Knolls and Clifton.
- Cedar Knolls Location
197 Ridgedale Ave, Suite 160
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
- Clifton Location
999 Clifton Ave
Clifton, NJ 07013
We provide bariatric surgery services to the following locations:
Weight Loss Surgery FAQs
Will Health Insurance Cover My Weight Loss Surgery?
Bariatric weight loss surgery is performed on weight loss patients who cannot lose weight by conventional means, so usually, health insurance will cover your procedure. Patients and their medical team will have to demonstrate that the surgery is medically necessary, but often this is very easy to prove.
How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose?
Less invasive procedures, such as gastric band surgeries, do not alter digestion. They make eating large amounts of food very uncomfortable. With this weight loss procedure, patients can expect to lose 1 – 2 lbs per week.
More invasive weight loss procedures will have a faster, more dramatic effect. Patients who receive a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy can expect to lose between 30% and 40% of their body weight after six months.
What Is the Recovery Time After Bariatric Surgery?
One of the benefits of our single incision laparoscopic surgery method is that the recovery time is faster than if you received multiple incisions.
For the more involved procedures, patients stay in the hospital for two to three days and then can spend the rest of their recovery at home. Generally, after three to five weeks, the weight loss patient can resume normal activities.
Can Bariatric Surgery Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes?
Yes, if your type two diabetes is a comorbidity resulting from obesity, then bariatric weight loss surgery can help you better manage symptoms.