Weight Loss Surgeon in Nutley, NJ

Nutley residents trust Nusbaum Medical Centers to help them achieve their weight loss goals. The professional weight loss team at Nusbaum Medical Centers has helped over 6,000 New Jersey residents lose a combined total of over 500,000 lbs – and that number is increasing day by day.

Dr. Nusbaum is a leading authority in the field of bariatric weight loss surgery. Co-authoring widely-used surgical textbooks on bariatric surgery and appearing as a guest specialist on national television programs, he and his team are at the cutting edge of bariatric weight loss surgery. 

That’s why weight loss patients in Nutley, NJ, trust Nusbaum Medical Centers to help them safely and effectively reach their weight loss goals.

Surgical Weight Loss Procedures

If you have tried other weight loss methods, such as medically supervised dieting and exercise, and still haven’t been able to maintain a healthy body weight, then bariatric weight loss surgery might be the next step in your weight loss journey. 

These procedures are considered highly effective at helping weight loss patients lose large quantities of excess body weight. Though clinically proven to be safe and effective, bariatric surgery, like any surgical procedure, comes with associated risks. 

Bariatric weight loss surgeries involve rerouting, cutting, stapling, and altering the stomach and intestines. These procedures are invasive and require a life-long commitment to healthy habits, dietary supplementation, and regular follow-up appointments. 

You should consult with your primary care physician to address the potential benefits and drawbacks of bariatric surgery.  

How Do I Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

Generally, bariatric surgery is recommended for patients who have not maintained a healthy body weight through conventional means of medically supervised dieting and exercise. To qualify, patients must demonstrate the following characteristics.

  • 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 and exercise

Advantages of Surgical Weight Loss

As mentioned previously, bariatric weight loss surgeries are medically proven to help patients lose large quantities of excess body weight. On average, bariatric surgery recipients can expect to lose between 30% and 40% of their excess weight.

If you are not a good candidate for the more invasive surgeries, you have other options that don’t require cutting or rerouting. These alternative procedures are still clinically proven to help patients lose excess body weight. 

Though all of these bariatric weight loss procedures work differently, they all have the same result. You feel fuller faster and for more extended periods of time. 

Additionally, if you are concerned about the cost of bariatric surgery for weight loss, rest assured that the majority of bariatric surgeries are fully covered by health insurance, so long as the patient and their medical team prove that the surgery is medically necessary.

Weight Loss Surgery Types

Gastric Bypass

This bariatric surgery is the oldest, most tested, and clinically proven option. It is the most sought-after bariatric weight loss procedure in the US and has evolved alongside our understanding of our metabolic system. 

The most recent variation of this procedure uses restrictive and malabsorptive techniques to help patients effectively and quickly lose excess weight. The surgeon reduces the size of the stomach by stapling off a small portion from the majority, vastly decreasing volume. The stomach is then rerouted to bypass a portion of the small intestine responsible for 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

This newer technique doesn’t interfere with your metabolic and digestive processes by cutting and rerouting your intestinal tract. Instead, the surgeon removes most of the stomach, leaving only a narrow passage or “sleeve.” This has the effect of significantly reducing how much a patient can eat without altering digestion. 

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

This procedure is the least invasive because it doesn’t require cutting, stapling, rerouting, or removing your body’s tissue. A gastric band wraps around the upper part of the stomach, significantly reducing the volume of the upper chamber created by the process. These procedures are reversible and temporary. Most bands are used for a period between six and twelve months.

The FDA approves two gastric band procedures.

Lap Band Surgery

The lap band is an adjustable device that your surgeon can modify as needed. It is the older of the two procedures.

Realize Band Surgery

The realize band procedure works according to the same principle but uses a simpler device made from a silicone ring. 

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

SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery, trademarked by Covidian, is our preferred way of performing these procedures. If you are eligible for SILS, you can expect a faster recovery time, less pain and soreness, as well as a better cosmetic result. 

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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