Weight Loss Surgeon in Kinnelon, NJ

Weight loss patients in Kinnelon, NJ, trust Nusbaum Medical Centers to be their partners in their weight loss journey. Our medical centers have aided over 6,000 New Jersey residents toward achieving and maintaining healthy body weight through bariatric weight loss surgery. Through our guidance, we’ve helped New Jersey lose over 500,000 lbs.

Dr. Nusbaum is a renowned authority on bariatric weight loss. Not only has he been on the cutting edge of bariatric surgery for the past twenty years, but he has also helped write some of the definitive literature on the topic. It’s why he regularly appears on national television as a consultant or specialist. It’s also why Kinnelon residents trust his medical centers to help them complete their weight loss journeys.

Surgical Weight Loss

These surgical procedures are considered safe and highly effective at helping weight loss patients drastically reduce their BMI and get healthy again. If you have tried conventional dieting and exercise practices but have been unable to maintain a healthy body weight, then bariatric weight loss surgery might be the next step of your journey.

All surgeries have risks associated with them. Bariatric surgery involves the stapling, cutting, and rerouting of your digestive system to reduce the amount of food you can eat and to make your body less effective at absorbing calories. Because these surgeries are irreversible and permanent, patients who receive them must be willing to make life-long changes to their lifestyles, habits, and behaviors.

How Do I Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric weight loss surgery is meant for patients who have been unable to lose weight through conventional medically supervised dieting and exercise.

You may qualify for bariatric weight loss surgery if you have the following characteristics:

  • have a BMI over 40

  • have a BMI over 35 and are suffering severe comorbidities as a result of their obesity

  • are more than 100 lbs over their ideal body weight

  • cannot achieve healthy body weight, even after medically supervised exercise and dieting

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

Patients in Kinnelon who qualify for weight loss surgery can expect to lose between 30% and 40% within the first six months of surgery. They will continue to lose weight until a healthy metabolic equilibrium is reached. 

Another benefit is that these procedures are 100% covered by health insurance. You and your medical team will need to demonstrate that the procedure is medically necessary, but this step is a routine part of the process. Those who need this surgery and who are eligible are never denied.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Bypass

In the US, gastric bypass is the most sought-after and most commonly performed weight loss surgery. This is because gastric bypass is the oldest and most clinically proven weight loss surgery. The methods and practices have evolved alongside our understanding of the digestive system, and the modern technique is both safe and highly effective.

The surgeon reduces the stomach’s capacity by stapling off the majority of it. This restricts how much food a patient can ingest. The stomach is also rerouted to bypass the section of the small intestine responsible for absorbing calories.

Advantages

  • 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 

Gastric Sleeve

This procedure doesn’t utilize intestinal rerouting to induce weight loss. Instead, the surgeon removes most of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow sleeve-like passage. This vastly reduces the amount of food a patient can eat.  

Advantages

  • 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

If you do not qualify for either of the above procedures due to health complications, you may be eligible for a less-invasive procedure. A gastric band is a restrictive device wrapped around the upper part of the stomach. This effectively creates two chambers. 

The smaller upper chamber restricts the amount of food a patient can ingest. These procedures are temporary and do not permanently alter your body’s ability to digest food. 

Lap Band Surgery

Being the first FDA-approved gastric band procedure, lap band surgery uses an adjustable device to create the small chamber.

Realize Band Surgery

This newer procedure is the second FDA-approved surgery that uses a silicone band to create the small chamber.

Advantages

  • 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

All of the surgeries listed above can be performed using a new technique called SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery, trademarked by Covidian. If you qualify for SILS, you’ll only have one incision, which means a less painful, faster recovery time.

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
    973.834.7601
  • Clifton Location
    999 Clifton Ave
    Clifton, NJ 07013
    973.834.7601

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. 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. 

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