Support Group Information

Peer-to-Peer Support for Life after Surgery

HackensackUMC Mountainside

Private Dining Room

Second Wednesday of each month;

7-9 PM

Bayshore Community Hospital

Conference Room A&B

Second Thursday of each month;

7-9 PM

Southern Ocean Medical Center

Beach Plum Conference Room

Second Wednesday of each month;

7-9 PM

Toms River Office

Third Wednesday of each month;

6-8 PM

In order to successfully lose excess weight and keep it off, weight loss surgery patients must make a number of modifications to their diet, exercise routine and lifestyle. This is challenging even for the most dedicated patients. Nobody understands these challenges — and how to overcome them — like a fellow bariatric surgery patient does.

During your weight loss journey, your peers will be a significant source of encouragement and motivation. Together, you will experience the same achievements and setbacks that are common after surgery.

NJ Weight Loss Doctors organizes peer support groups, led by one of our knowledgeable registered dietitians and psychologists, to help you adjust to life after surgery. You will find the group atmosphere to be incredibly valuable as you learn to eat differently, live an active lifestyle and avoid obstacles to success. Our patients regularly check in with one another to swap stories and share tips about nutrition, exercise and making healthy choices.

It is likely that the peers that you meet in your support group will become lifelong friends. You will celebrate each other’s successes, and coach each other through difficult patches. You will always have someone to lean on when you need it.

Please contact our practice directly to learn more about our support group program.

Why Gastric Banding (Lap Band) Is So Effective

During gastric banding in New Jersey, the surgeon places a specially designed adjustable band around the upper portion of the stomach and tightens it. This forms a small pouch. Imagine that the stomach now resembles an hourglass, with a small passage between the upper and lower portions of the stomach.

The upper, smaller portion of the stomach can now hold only a small amount of food. Also, the food moves slowly between the upper and lower portion of the stomach as it is digested. Because of this modification, you will feel full faster and eat less, which results in steady weight loss.

If you are losing weight too quickly or slowly, the band can be adjusted. The surgeon will either add or remove fluid through a port connected to the band; these adjustments will tighten or loosen the band to decrease or increase the size of the stomach pouch.

The gastric band is placed laparoscopically, through small incisions with tiny instruments. This reduces post-operative recovery times and scarring and minimizes some of the risks of traditional open surgery.

How Does Gastric Banding Work?

The gastric band procedure in New Jersey is not what causes you to lose weight — in truth, it is the changes that you make after surgery that produce the desired outcomes. You will need to eat smaller portions of healthy foods and avoid grazing or snacking between meals. You should start to exercise daily and make other modifications to promote an active, healthy lifestyle. For the best results, you will need to commit to making these lifelong changes.

You have the power within you to change your health and happiness. Gastric banding is the tool that makes it possible!

Schedule a Consultation for Gastric Banding

If you are significantly overweight, and suffering from weight-related health conditions, you may qualify for New Jersey gastric banding.

Upon consultation, our team will perform a full workup to ensure that you are a good candidate for gastric banding. If, based on the information we gather, we determine that gastric banding is not right for you, we can review other options.

To learn more about undergoing gastric banding in New Jersey and determine whether you qualify, please contact NJ Weight Loss Doctors today.