Weight Loss Surgery in Wharton NJ

Wharton, NJ, residents choose Nusbaum Medical Centers as their partners in achieving real and lasting weight loss. So far, Nusbaum Medical Centers have helped 6,000 New Jersey weight loss patients lose a combined total of 500,000 lbs and counting.

Dr. Nusbaum is a  leading authority on bariatric surgery recognized worldwide. He makes regular appearances on national television as a media ambassador for weight loss surgery and has co-authored definitive surgical textbooks on the various procedures used around the world. 

Nusbaum Medical Centers is here to help you navigate your weight loss journey and find life-long, sustainable weight loss. 

Surgical Weight Loss in Wharton, NJ

Bariatric weight loss surgery is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for obesity. If you have tried medically supervised dieting and exercise plans and still have not maintained a healthy body weight, then these procedures might be the right option to help you reach those goals.

Though highly effective, these procedures come with associated risks. The more invasive procedures involve the cutting, stapling, and rerouting of parts of your digestive tract to make your stomach smaller and to bypass the areas of the intestines responsible for calorie absorption. As a result of the nature of these procedures, eligible patients must be committed to life-long changes in habits and lifestyle. 

Do I Qualify For Weight Loss Surgery?

If you think bariatric weight loss surgery is right for you, then you should discuss your options with your physician. Together, you and your physician can make an educated decision to move forward with bariatric surgery.

To be eligible for bariatric surgery, patients need to meet specific qualifications:

  • 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

 1. You Have Various Options for Weight Loss Surgery

If you are concerned about how your body may react to certain weight-loss surgeries, then take comfort in the fact that there are various types of procedures available, each with different levels of invasiveness.  

 2. Bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries Are Covered By Insurance

Insurance covers bariatric surgery if you and your medical team can prove that the procedure is medically necessary. Therefore, the cost of the procedure should not be a deterrent for moving forward with the decision to receive bariatric surgery. 

 3. You’ll Feel Fuller Faster and For Longer

Though the specific methods used to induce weight loss vary dramatically, they all work toward the same goal. You can expect to feel fuller faster and for longer periods of time.

Weight Loss Surgery Options

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is the oldest and most trusted bariatric surgery available in the United States. The current version of the surgery involves techniques developed by Dr. Nusbaum himself. 

A gastric bypass procedure involves the stapling of the stomach to reduce its size. This restricts the amount of food a patient can eat. The second part of the surgery reroutes the stomach to bypass a portion of the intestine that absorbs calories from food.

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 reroute or interfere with your intestinal tract. Instead, the majority of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a narrow sleeve. This has the effect of significantly reducing the amount of food a patient can eat without disrupting their ability to digest it.

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

The gastric band procedure is the least invasive of the surgical procedures offered at Nusbaum Medical Centers. A device is wrapped around the upper portion of the stomach creating a small first chamber and a larger second chamber. Food fills up the smaller area much faster and takes longer to pass through the narrow passage cause by the band. These procedures are reversible, adjustable, and only last for a period of six to twelve months.

The FDA approves two gastric band surgeries.

Lap Band Surgery

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

Realize Band Surgery

The newer of the two, the realize band procedure works in the same way 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

You may be eligible for SILS, or single incision laparoscopic surgery, trademarked by Covidian. The surgeons at Nusbaum Medical Center can perform any of the above procedures using this method which only involves one incision. This leads to 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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