Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric Bypass in New Jersey
Serving Westwood, Montclair, Toms River, Holmdel & Manahawkin
Most individuals seeking surgical weight loss solutions have spent years trying to lose weight through dieting and exercise. They are exhausted, frustrated and may feel a sense of hopelessness — like nothing will work.
Historically, no other weight loss surgery is more popular than gastric bypass (according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health). If you have struggled for years with the number on the scale, but cannot achieve your goal weight through dieting and exercise, gastric bypass may be the solution.
Your Partner in the Journey
Selecting the right team to work with is imperative to the success of your gastric bypass. You want to choose a surgical weight loss practice that has your best interests in mind at all times.
The NJ Weight Loss Doctors team has helped thousands of patients enjoy happier, healthier lives, thanks to treatment. Our surgeons have been honored as “Top Docs” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine every year since 2007. Our surgical facilities are designated “Bariatric Centers of Excellence” because they meet rigorous safety and performance standards. Our complication rates are well below the national average.
Although we are proud of these accomplishments, we do not define ourselves by our accolades. NJ Weight Loss Doctors is comprised of compassionate medical providers that strive to connect with patients on a personal level. The team understands that surgery of any kind is a major undertaking, and we are respectful toward all of our patients. Think of us as your partners throughout your weight loss journey.
How to Get Started
Moving forward with weight loss surgery is an in-depth process that must be taken seriously. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for gastric bypass, and we are extremely thorough during the screening process. If you are 70 or more pounds overweight, we recommend you schedule a consultation to determine your candidacy.
During consultation, we will take down a detailed medical history and talk to you about gastric bypass and our other surgical options in more detail. If we find that gastric bypass is not appropriate, we will work with you to find an alternative.
Regardless of the procedure they undergo, our patients continually tell us that they wish they had had treatment sooner.
Your dream life (and dream body!) is waiting for you. Don’t waste another minute — contact us today to get started on your weight loss journey.
Why Gastric Bypass Is Effective
Gastric bypass accomplishes two things: first, it reshapes the stomach into a much smaller pouch, so it can hold less food. Then, it adjusts your digestive tract so the food you eat bypasses a portion of the small intestine (where calories and nutrients are normally absorbed). You will feel fuller after eating smaller meals, and your body will absorb fewer calories and nutrients. The result is rapid, steady weight loss.
Gastric bypass can improve or resolve obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Many of our patients enjoy improved health and freedom from pills and medications.
Why do we use the laparoscopic approach?
We perform gastric bypass using laparoscopic techniques. During laparoscopic gastric bypass, we make tiny incisions on the abdomen and insert small surgical instruments through the incisions. One of these instruments is a laparoscope, or a small camera that magnifies and projects images from inside the body onto a monitor in the operating room. Laparoscopic surgery results in a shorter recovery, less post-operative scarring and reduced surgical risks.
Additional Services to Support Your Procedure
Weight loss surgery patients must understand that the surgery is only a piece of the puzzle. Gastric bypass alone will not cause weight loss; what you do after surgery is what matters. You will need to modify your diet, exercise regularly and be more intentional about your lifestyle choices. It requires dedication, but the results are worth it!
It can be challenging to make the lifestyle changes you need to lose weight. However, the NJ Weight Loss Doctors team is with you every step of the way to educate, motivate and support you.
We offer a comprehensive program that includes nutritional counseling, psychological counseling and moral support. We connect you to patients that have been through the journey and can relate to what you are going through. Our program has been described as “informative,” “supportive” and “comprehensive.”
Gastric Bypass FAQs
What is the recovery from gastric bypass like?
Immediately following you gastric bypass surgery, you will need to alter your diet. This may result in some initial feelings of hunger and exhaustion while your body adjusts and recovers from undergoing surgery. Recovery will vary from patient to patient, which is why it is so important to attend support groups and have follow up check-ins with your surgeon. At NJ Weight Loss Doctors, we pride ourselves on offering each of these services to our gastric bypass patients, so that they can be as successful as possible in their weight-loss journey.
How does gastric bypass affect diabetes?
Because Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 95% of all diabetes cases, is caused by obesity, gastric bypass surgery can improve or resolve diabetes in many cases. Bariatric surgery causes more than half of Type 2 Diabetes patients to go into remission by lowering blood sugar to normal levels, which eliminates the need for diabetes medications. If you are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and would like to learn more about how gastric bypass could affect your health, schedule a bariatric consultation with us today.
Can I get pregnant after gastric bypass?
Yes, you are able to have a normal, healthy pregnancy after gastric bypass. In fact, bariatric surgery sometimes enables people who would otherwise not have been able to get pregnant to become pregnant. However, patients should wait at least 18 months after the surgery to try to get pregnant. It is not advisable to become pregnant in a period of rapid weight loss, such as directly after gastric bypass. For the health of the mother and the fetus, the mother should be at a stable weight before becoming pregnant.
Is gastric bypass covered by insurance?
Yes, gastric bypass surgery can be covered by insurance. Whether you are covered will depend on your policy. NJ Weight Loss Doctors works with all major health insurance carriers. Please contact our practice directly if you would like us to verify your coverage.
Want More Information about Gastric Bypass?
If you are overweight and want to change your life and improve your health, gastric bypass in New Jersey might be right for you.
Contact NJ Weight Loss Doctors today to learn more about weight loss surgery and how it can help. We look forward to helping you achieve your health goals and live a happier life!