You are a potential candidate for bariatric surgery if:
- you have tried and were not successful at losing weight
- have a BMI of over 40 or a BMI over 35 with obesity related medical
- are 80-100 pounds overweight
We offer a comprehensive program so you not only receive surgery but
also a lifestyle management program that helps you achieve weight loss,
minimize potential complications with surgery, assist with psychological
adjustments and promote overall good health. It is highly recommended
that you begin a lifestyle management program before surgery and continue
Weight loss surgeries have increased significantly over the past couple
of years as a result of
- current research that shows the significant
health risks associated with morbid obesity
- the relatively low risk of surgical complications
- the ineffectiveness of current non-surgical approaches to produce
sustained weight loss
Surgery should be viewed first and foremost as a method for alleviating
debilitating, chronic disease. At the Weight Loss Institute, patients
are required to demonstrate serious motivation, commitment and understanding
of the extensive dietary, exercise and medical guidelines that must
be followed for life after weight loss surgery.
If diet, exercise and behavior modifications have
not worked for you, perhaps surgery is an option.
It is important to understand that diet, exercise and behavior modification
will be instrumental in sustaining weight loss after your surgery.
Most of our patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related
health and psychological conditions (such as mobility,
self-image and self-esteem) after surgery. Please
keep in mind that given the successful outcomes of weight loss surgery,
it should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure.
The decision to have weight loss surgery requires careful consideration
and consultation with the bariatric multidisciplinary team. Our highly-qualified
surgeons will answer your questions clearly and explain the exact details
of the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality
of the follow-up care that will be required. Routine evaluation for
weight loss surgery often requires that you consult with our team of
dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists.
It is important to remember that there are no ironclad
guarantees in any kind of medicine or surgery. However, weight loss
surgery can be successful when the patient makes a lifelong commitment
to change. However, oftentimes there are some challenges that can
be unexpected. To help patients achieve their goals and deal with
the changes surgery and weight loss can bring, the Weight Loss Institute
of New Jersey provides follow-up that includes support groups, dieticians
and other forms of continuing education.
There are several methods available for the surgical treatment of obesity. We specialize in laparoscopic weight-loss surgery, including adjustable gastric banding, the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass as well as the sleeve gastrectomy.
Body Mass Index
(BMI) is a measure
of body fat based
on height and weight.
Do you know your
Body Mass Index?
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