Revision Surgery: Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass

In the past six months, I’ve increasingly had patients ask me about gastric sleeve and gastric bypass revision surgery.  One thing I tell patients is that obesity is a disease that weight loss surgery doesn’t cure.  Surgery is simply a tool, along with a healthy diet and exercise, to help you lose weight and get healthy. And sometimes, no matter how hard you work, life’s circumstances get in the way and you need a second chance. And a global pandemic certainly has made the past year tough for many of us. For patients who have gained the weight back or
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Scheduling Surgery and the COVID-19 Vaccine

As more vaccination appointments become available, patients have been asking what to do if their vaccine appointment is near their weight loss surgery or general surgery date.  If you have a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, whether first or second dose, near your surgery date we recommend it be 7 days before or 7 days after your surgery.   Here’s why – after vaccination some people experience side effects, particularly after the second dose, such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and soreness at the injection site.  It’s difficult to immediately determine if the symptoms are vaccine-related or surgery-related, therefore causing a
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What Am I Eating? Falafel Salad

With such a busy schedule, sometimes take-out is the easiest option when it comes to dinner. I always try to stay on the healthier side which is why I sometimes like to order from Mamoun’s Falafel in Hoboken.  RELATED: Tips for Ordering Healthier Takeout Falafel is a vegetarian patty made from chickpeas and fava beans. Although falafel is vegetarian, it’s very high in plant-protein. Chickpeas are high protein and fiber – both important nutrients in your diet. Consuming enough protein and fiber has been shown to help control your appetite, manage your weight and support controlled blood sugar.  I love
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Choosing A Weight Loss Surgery That’s Right For You

  Deciding to have weight loss surgery for obesity can be a life-changing step for many people. The decision can be less overwhelming with the right knowledge beforehand. By having a meaningful discussion with a fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeon to thoroughly explain each procedure you can make the right decision for you.. It is important to understand that surgery is a tool to jump start your weight loss. Successful, long-term weight loss is reached by committing to healthy lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. Before deciding which procedure is right for you, here are some important factors to consider:   1.
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Worried About the Zantac Recall? Don’t Be, You Have Options.

Alternatives to GERD [Acid Reflux] Meds Amid the Zantac Recall By now most people suffering from GERD [Acid Reflux] have heard about the Zantac recall.  Zantac, a common heartburn drug, and its generic varieties, have been pulled from the shelves of major pharmacies after the FDA revealed findings that it contained a chemical that could be linked to cancer.  With the recall, we’ve gotten a lot of questions from patients who relied on Zantac and other prescriptions drugs to treat their heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD].  Many are concerned about the long-term viability of prescription and over
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Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® Band Surgeries Increase Fertility in Morbidly Obese Women

One of the first questions many of my female patients ask me when contemplating gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or LAP-BAND® surgery is how the procedures will affect their ability to get pregnant. Many have tried to conceive in the past and have been unsuccessful. While weight loss surgery won’t be able to overcome all fertility issues, the good news is that weight loss procedures can have a positive effect on both fertility and pregnancy. Obesity’s Toll on Fertility and Pregnancy Obesity takes a toll on the body. It often causes diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. What
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Maintaining Long-term Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND or Gastric Sleeve

Weight loss immediately after Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band (LAP-BAND® or Realize® Band) surgery is rewarding. Your body is adjusting to the changes and often times the weight seems to be coming off with little or no effort. However, just like anything else in life, when the honeymoon period ends, the real work begins. And for weight loss surgery patients, the real work is changing the behaviors that caused you to lose control of your weight in the first place. Weight loss surgery is not the end of the weight loss process, it’s the beginning. Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve
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Seven Tips to find the Right Weight Loss Surgery Doctor for You

When you decide to have weight loss surgery – whether it’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band (LAP-BAND® or REALIZE®) or Gastric Sleeve – you will not be going on your journey alone. Your bariatric surgeon will take the trip right along with you. When it comes to choosing the right surgeon, it is important to choose someone who has the right combination of training, experience, compassion and commitment to ensure you get the best care possible. Be sure that the person you choose is an experienced surgeon, with a multi-disciplinary team. Whomever you choose to do your surgery, remember that that person
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Determining When to Adjust Your REALIZE® or LAP-BAND®

For patients who have just had Gastric Band surgery (LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® band), one of the first questions they want to know is how will they know when they need to adjust their Gastric Band. But before you’ll know when it’s time to adjust your gastric band, you need to understand how gastric band surgery helps you lose weight. Gastric band surgery works by restricting you from eating large portions of food at one time. When the band is filled, the opening between the small stomach pouch at the top of the stomach and the lower portion is made smaller.
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