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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Weight Loss Surgery vs. Weight Loss Drugs: Which Is Right for You?

With two new weight loss drugs just approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the first time in 13 years, hopeful patients have been coming to me asking whether these revolutionary drugs could be an alternative to weight loss surgery. Let’s take a look at these two new weight loss drugs – Qsymia and Belviq – and see how their results compare with the procedures we do at the New Jersey Bariatric Center®: Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and LAP-BAND. Who is a candidate? Qsymia & Belviq: The FDA approved both of these medications for people who are “obese” (a
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