Weight Loss Surgeon in Newark, NJ

The medical staff at Nusbaum Medical Centers have helped over 6,000 New Jerseyans lose a combined total of over 500,000 lbs. Newark residents trust Nusbaum Medical Centers to help them reach their weight loss goals safely and effectively. Bariatric patients seek out Nusbaum Medical Centers for bariatric weight loss surgery because of our proven success and compassionate dedication to helping Newark, NJ residents.

Dr. Nusbaum is considered a leading authority on bariatric weight loss surgery. Acting as a media ambassador for bariatric surgery on national television programs and co-authoring widely used medical textbooks on these surgical procedures, you can trust Dr. Nusbaum to help you along your weight loss journey.

Weight Loss Surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery is clinically proven to be effective in helping patients lose significant amounts of excess body weight. However, all procedures have their associated risks, and you should be aware of them if you are considering bariatric surgery as an option to help you reach your weight loss goals. 

Bariatric surgeries involve stapling, cutting, and rerouting parts of the stomach and intestinal tract. They combine malabsorptive and restrictive techniques to help patients curb hunger and make their bodies less effective at absorbing calories. These procedures are permanent and require a life-long commitment to healthy habits, dietary supplementation, and regular follow-ups.

Qualifications for Weight Loss Surgery

To qualify for bariatric weight loss surgery, you must first demonstrate that the traditional medically supervised dieting and exercise methods are not effective. 

You may be eligible for bariatric weight loss surgery if:

  • You have a BMI over 40

  • You have a BMI over 35 and are suffering severe comorbidities as a result of their obesity
  • You are more than 100 lbs over their ideal body weight

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

Benefits of Surgical Weight Loss

As mentioned above, the effectiveness of these procedures are medically proven. Those who qualify for bariatric surgery can expect to lose anywhere from 30% to 40 % of their excess body weight after six months, with further weight loss until metabolic equilibrium is reached.

You also have the option to receive less invasive procedures, should your medical history preclude you from traditional bariatric surgeries. These less invasive procedures are temporary and do not surgically alter your digestive system.

These procedures are fully covered by insurance if you and your medical team can demonstrate to health insurance providers that the procedure is medically necessary. Therefore, with health insurance, these procedures are affordable.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is the most sought-after and commonly performed bariatric weight loss surgery in the United States. This is because it is the oldest and most clinically proven technique available. 

The procedure combines malabsorptive and restrictive techniques to induce rapid weight loss in the patient. A portion of the stomach is stapled off, making the usable portion much smaller. Additionally, the stomach is rerouted to bypass the part of the small intestine responsible for most of your body’s calorie absorption.  

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

Being one of the newer procedures to be approved by the FDA, the gastric sleeve procedure doesn’t cut or reroute your digestive tract, leaving your ability to absorb calories effectively intact. Instead, the majority of the stomach is removed, leaving only a narrow sleeve that restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time.  

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 your medical history, you may be eligible for this less-invasive procedure. A gastric band is a restrictive device wrapped around the upper part of the stomach creating two chambers. 

The upper chamber is quite small and dramatically restricts the amount of food you can ingest comfortably. These procedures are temporary and do not permanently alter your physiology. 

Lap Band Surgery

Being the first FDA-approved gastric band procedure, this procedure 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

These procedures can be performed using a new technique called SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery, trademarked by Covidian. If you are eligible for SILS, then you’ll only have one incision, which means a faster recovery time, less pain, and a better cosmetic outcome. 

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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