New Jersey Bariatric Center Offers Robotic Assisted Bariatric Surgery

In the early days of bariatric surgery procedures were done by creating one large open incision in the abdomen. That method has since evolved and the majority of surgeries are being performed laparoscopically through about five small incisions in the abdomen which have led to less pain and faster recovery. Recently, a technologically advanced method has been introduced known as robotic-assisted bariatric surgery.

Robotic-assisted surgery is increasing in frequency, and the surgeons at New Jersey Bariatric Center are at the forefront of this technology with advanced training. This minimally invasive surgery approach allows for your surgeon to have a greater range of motion, while maintaining control while operating. 

Is robotic-assisted surgery right for me?

Weight loss surgery conducted robotically has been proven to be successful for patients with obesity, and weight loss is the same between both the laparoscopic and robotic-assisted methods. When combined with follow-up care, a healthy diet and exercise, you can enjoy a healthier life. 

Robotic-assisted or laparoscopic bariatric surgery may be right for you if you suffer from obesity and have an obesity-related condition such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Speak with your surgeon to find out if you qualify. 

What to do if you have questions

For more questions about robotic surgery or laparoscopic surgery, call our office to make an appointment to speak with a surgeon 908-481-1270.

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Can Weight Loss Surgery Help with Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects more than 20% of adults. It occurs when the acid in your stomach “backs up” into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in your chest. Other symptoms may include nausea, pain/difficulty swallowing, cough and bad breath. The first line of treatment often involves long term acid lowering medications, but many patients ask will GERD go away if they lose weight. 

We often tell patients that losing weight along with lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking and avoiding common triggers such as caffeine, spicy foods, and stress, can help treat symptoms of GERD. And, an effective way to jumpstart weight loss and treat both obesity and GERD is with gastric sleeve or bypass. By losing the excess weight after either of these procedures, you decrease the abdominal pressure that causes symptoms of GERD. 

Is weight loss surgery right for me?                                                                                           

A discussion with your surgeon can help you decide if weight loss surgery is right for you. And, if you have GERD, do not want to take acid lowering medications long term, have a loosened valve (hiatal hernia), or you are at risk for severe complications from acid reflux, weight loss surgery can help to alleviate your symptoms in addition to helping you lose weight. It’s important to discuss these conditions with your doctor to determine the best weight loss surgery procedure for you.

Which procedure is better for acid reflux?

Both the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery can improve GERD if it’s due to being overweight. There is no one size fits all when it comes to which procedure will be better for GERD. Rather, a surgeon will have an in depth discussion with you prior to surgery to best determine what procedure would fit you best. In addition, if acid reflux is due to a loosened valve (hiatal hernia), then this will be fixed at the time of your surgery which will improve your acid reflux symptoms almost immediately. Within a short period of time after the procedure, relief of all symptoms of acid reflux usually occurs. 

If you suffer with acid reflux and want to schedule a consultation, call us at 908-481-1270.

NJBC Now Offering FDA-Approved Prescription Weight Loss Injection Wegovy™

New Jersey Bariatric Center now offers Wegovy™, the FDA-approved prescription weight loss injection. Wegovy™ is a weekly, self-administered injection used for the treatment of chronic weight management in adults with obesity. Wegovy™ works by mimicking a hormone that targets the area of your brain that regulates appetite, with studies showing that the drug helped people lose up to 15% of their body weight when used in combination with diet and exercise. 

RELATED: Prescription Weight Loss Drugs

Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the state of New Jersey suffers from obesity, which can lead to chronic health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and other obesity-related conditions.

 At New Jersey Bariatric Center, we understand that weight loss is not easy. If you have struggled to lose weight or sustain weight loss in the past, speak with one of our clinical team members to find out if Wegovy™ is a good fit for you. 

To qualify for Wegovy™, you must be over the age of 18 and meet the following requirements:

Not sure what your BMI is? Use our BMI calculator to find out.

For more information, call our office at 908-481-1270. To make an appointment, click here.

A Second Chance at Weight Loss: Revision Surgery Webinar

For some patients, bariatric surgery is the jump start they need to lose and sustain weight loss. But for others, sometimes, no matter how hard you work, life’s circumstances get in the way and you need a second chance.  The stressors of life, old eating habits and now a global pandemic can make the journey tougher, the weight starts creeping on and with that, the weight-related health concerns once again become top of mind. 

At New Jersey Bariatric, we provide patients with the tools for a second chance at weight loss. And, starting this month we are hosting a live webinar for you to learn about revision options from one of our fellowship trained bariatric surgeons.

The webinar is for people who have gained the weight back or who were not able to lose the amount of weight they wanted after bariatric surgery to learn about the weight loss surgery revision procedures and medical weight loss choices available to them. 

Obesity is a disease that weight loss surgery does not cure. Surgery, whether gastric band, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass is a tool, along with a healthy diet and exercise, to help you lose weight and get healthy. For more information about your second chance at weight loss, sign up for our free webinar here.

 

 

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 delay in treatment.  

It’s important to note that if you get vaccinated right before weight loss or general surgery and check into the hospital on the day of surgery with side effects such as a fever or chills, your surgery will be postponed until you are symptom-free and well enough to undergo the procedure.

To avoid delaying your surgery, plan to get the vaccine as far out as possible from your surgery date. If you’re concerned about the timing of your vaccine appointment and your surgery contact our office.

If you have any questions or concerns about your surgical procedure and the COVID-19 vaccine, call us at 908-481-1270. 

RELATED: Obesity Now a Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in NJ

Obesity Now a Criteria for COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility in NJ

The state of New Jersey has announced that individuals at high risk of severe COVID-19 complications,including those with obesity, severe obesity and medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Obesity is classified as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher but less than 40, and severe obesity with a BMI greater than or equal to 40. You can calculate your BMI here. To find out if you are eligible for the vaccine, check out NJ’s Covid19 Information Hub.

If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, there are many ways to get started with the vaccination process:

  1. Pre-register and make an appointment through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System
  2. Make an appointment directly with a location that has the vaccine. Click here for locations. 
  3. Check with your local pharmacy to see if they are administering the COVID-19 vaccine and if you can make an appointment.
  4. If you work or volunteer at a healthcare facility, check to see if you can make an appointment through your place of work.. 

This pandemic has highlighted the effects obesity has on our health. The CDC recently published a list of factors that put people at a higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19, with obesity, having a body mass index (bmi) of 40 or above, one of them. Obesity is known to alter your immune response and decrease your body’s ability to fight infection.

New Jersey Bariatric Center is not a vaccination facility. If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub at 1-855-568-0545. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine including insurance, costs and safety, please visit this website

At New Jersey Bariatric Center we are doing what we can to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. We are continuing to stay updated on all information about the coronavirus and vaccinations from the NJ Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are following all appropriate infection control procedures.

As a reminder, if you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms associated with the coronavirus, please contact your medical doctor who can address your concerns or the NJ Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222.  If you do not have a medical doctor, please call us and we will help direct you to an internal medicine professional who can address your concerns.

The New Jersey Bariatric Center Team

Update: Telemedicine & In-Office Appointments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]NJBC continues to take the necessary steps to help limit the spread of the Covid virus to our patients, staff and the communities we serve.

We are continuing telemedicine appointments and offering a limited number of in-person appointments.

To schedule an appointment, call our office at 908-481-1270 or to request a call, click here.

What to Expect During a Telemedicine Appointment

Telemedicine appointments follow the same process as in-person visits except virtually. From the comfort of your home, office or wherever you choose, patients will have a video appointment with an NJBC surgeon, nutritionist or physician's assistant.

Similar to the in-person visit, one of our medical assistants will go over your health information to prepare you for your appointment with the surgeon, nutritionist or physician’s assistant. Once completed, you will begin your telemedicine appointment. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about weight loss surgery, post-operative support and our other services. 

To ensure the safety of our patients, families and staff, we have implemented the following policies in office:

What to Expect During an In-Office Appointment

Upon arrival, patients are to wait in their car and text their name to 908-380-4178 and indicate that you have arrived for your appointment. 

An NJBC staff member will return your call to review the COVID-19 exposure questionnaire. Once completed patients will be directed by phone when to enter the office to ensure social distancing

Only one person will be permitted to accompany a patient and only one person is allowed in the elevator area or elevator at a time. 

All patients and their companions will be required to wear a mask during the duration of their visit and be provided with hand sanitizer when they come in for their appointment.  If you do not have a mask we will provide you with one.

Temperature and pulse oximetry will be taken at the door prior to being seated. 

Seating in the waiting room will be marked to maintain at least 6’ of distance between patients. 

Patients will be brought as promptly as possible to an exam room to maintain distancing

As a reminder, if you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms associated with the coronavirus, please contact your medical doctor who can address your concerns or the NJ Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222.  If you do not have a medical doctor, please call us and we will help direct you to an internal medicine professional who can address your concerns.

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New Jersey Bariatric Center moves to Telemedicine

Telemedicine now available at NJBC

In our effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and accommodate our patient’s needs, New Jersey Bariatric Center now offers telemedicine appointments.

Scheduling a Telemedicine Appointment

Call our office at 908-481-1270 or click here to schedule a telemedicine appointment. After scheduling, patients will receive a confirmation email from us with a link to access their appointment.  Telemedicine appointments will be conducted via Doxy.me. The platform is secure, easy-to-use and allows patients to stay connected with their New Jersey Bariatric Center doctors.  Telemedicine appointments are available for current and new patients.   

What to Expect during a Telemedicine Appointment

During a telemedicine session, patients will speak directly with a member of the New Jersey Bariatric Center clinical staff – surgeons, physician assistant or nutritionists – based on the type of appointment they schedule. Current pre-op patients can stay on track for their future procedures, new patients can learn about weight loss surgery procedures like the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass and post-op patients can maintain their care and follow-up.

At New Jersey Bariatric Center the safety of our patients, staff and communities we serve is a priority.  We hope by introducing telemedicine to our patients during the NJ Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order we can keep everyone safe, healthy and on their weight loss journey.

For more information about scheduling a telemedicine appointment or if you have questions about an existing appointment, please call our office at 908-481-1270. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and FAQs

As the first cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are confirmed in NJ, we want to update you on the actions the New Jersey Bariatric Center is taking to protect our patient’s health as well as answer some frequently asked questions that our team has received over the last few days. 
 
First, if you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms associated with the coronavirus, please contact your medical doctor who can address your concerns or the NJ Department of Health Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-222-1222.   If you do not have a medical doctor, please call us and we will help direct you to an internal medicine professional who can address your concerns.
 
At New Jersey Bariatric Center we are staying updated on all information about the coronavirus from the NJ Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and are following all appropriate infection control procedures. This includes frequently cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, washing hands and avoiding touching, eyes, nose and mouth. We have trained our clinical and support staff on these preventative measures to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and communities we serve.
 
As a precaution, if you have traveled to any of the high-risk regions in the past 2 months, please call us prior to your appointment to determine if your appointment should proceed or if postponing your appointment for two weeks is best to ensure you’re symptom free.  High risk regions have been classified by the CDC as China, Italy, South Korea and Iran. 
 
If you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus, please do not come to the office - call first and our staff will direct you how to proceed.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q) What symptoms are associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A) According to the CDC, the symptoms associated with the coronavirus are fever greater than 100.4, cough and shortness of breath.

Q) What if I’m experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus prior to my appointment?
A) If you are experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus prior to your appointment, please do the following:
-Contact your medical doctor to address the symptoms you are experiencing
-Call us to discuss the various options to help you stay on your treatment plan and keep your appointments on track. We are here to help you in any way we can.

Q) What if I think I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but I’m not experiencing any symptoms? 
A) If you think you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call your medical doctor who can advise you of the available options. If you do not have a medical doctor, please call us and we will direct you to an internal medicine professional who can address your concerns. If you think you may have visited a New Jersey Bariatric Center office after being exposed please call us so we can take the necessary precautions.

Q) Can I be tested at New Jersey Bariatric Center for the coronavirus? 
A) No, currently our offices are not equipped to perform testing for the coronavirus. If you have an appointment and are experiencing symptoms, please call our office first before coming in so we can advise you on how to proceed.

Q) Will the coronavirus cause my surgical procedure to be delayed or cancelled?
A) If you are healthy and cleared medically, your surgery can move forward.  If you are experiencing symptoms, been exposed to the virus or have tested positive for the coronavirus, your surgery will be postponed until you are medically cleared.

Q) What if I’m experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus and I have a weight loss surgery procedure scheduled?
A) Our goal is your overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms associated with the coronavirus, contact your medical doctor to address your concerns.  If you have a scheduled weight loss surgical procedure, it will be postponed until you are medically cleared and healthy to proceed.

Please know that we are here if you have any additional questions and we will continue to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and community.

Call us at 908-481-1270 with any questions or concerns.

The New Jersey Bariatric Center Team

New Jersey has 22nd Highest Youth Obesity Rate in the Nation

New Jersey ranks 22nd out of all the US states with 15% of children and adolescents between the ages of 10-17 classified as being obese in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s first “State of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow Up Healthy” report.  The report details the best available data on national and state childhood obesity rates.

“Unaddressed or untreated obesity in childhood often leads to additional health risks as adults,” says New Jersey Bariatric Center Founder Dr. Ajay Goyal.  “It’s important to address weight issues early as recent data shows that up to 80% of children affected by obesity will continue to be affected into adulthood.”

Health Risks for Youths

Maintaining a healthy weight during childhood and adolescence is important to growing and becoming a healthy adult. Overweight and obese children can be at risk for numerous conditions including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, bone and joint problems, high cholesterol and more. 

Preventing Obesity in Youth

Similar to the health tips from the World Health Organization, New Jersey Bariatric Center recommends that children and adolescents: 

  1. Limit intake of fat and sugars
  2. Increase consumption of fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains and nuts
  3. Engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day

Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Study

To help combat youth obesity,  the New Jersey Bariatric Center and Overlook Medical Center started an adolescent bariatric surgery study in 2018.  With bariatric surgery resolving many co-morbid conditions [i.e. type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension] in adults long-term, the study evaluates improvement in co-morbid conditions, quality of life and lower BMI over a 2-year time span in gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries in 15-18 year olds.  The goal is to document the same resolutions of co-morbid conditions in adolescents as with adults, and establish bariatric surgery as a sustainable, long-term solution for adolescents battling obesity too. 

Read more about the NJBC/Overlook Medical Center study here.

At NJBC, our team of surgeons, dietitians, and psychologists work with adolescents and adults of all ages to support their weight loss goals. For more information and to schedule a consultation please call 908.481.1270 or visit www.njbariatriccenter.com/contact.

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 the counter drugs with potential harmful effects.

Here at NJBC we offer several alternatives to acid reflux meds in the form of minimally invasive surgical intervention: LINX reflux management system and laparoscopic nissen fundoplication, as well as Bariatric surgery procedures (laparoscopy sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass) for obese patients with acid reflux.

We offer these options because the surgical treatment of GERD has proven to be a safe and effective option with proven benefits:

Related: Still Suffering from GERD despite being on Meds? New Surgical Options are available. 

No longer is surgical intervention for the treatment of GERD considered a last resort. With the recent FDA findings on Zantac and the removal of it from major pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens and Walmart - these new surgical procedures, such as LINX, offer patients the choice of med-free long-term solutions with proven sustainable results. 

If you have been diagnosed with GERD and are looking for alternative solutions to treatment, schedule a consultation with one of  New Jersey Bariatric Center’s board-certified surgeons who will help you determine the best options. As with any surgery, anti-reflux procedures are associated with potential surgical risks that your surgeon will review with you.

 

NEW JERSEY BARIATRIC CENTER OPENS SPARTA OFFICE

NEW JERSEY BARIATRIC CENTER EXPANDS TO SPARTA, NJWeight Loss Center’s New Office Offers Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Balloon and Medical Weight Loss Services to Residents of New Jersey’s Sussex, Morris and Passaic Counties as well as Eastern Pennsylvania

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. September 26, 2019 –  New Jersey Bariatric Center’s board certified surgeons and patient-focused staff opened its 6th office today in Sparta, NJ. The expansion will bring more options to northwestern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania residents who are struggling to find long-term, sustainable weight loss solutions.

“Through many months of planning and deciding the best location to meet the needs of our community, we discovered that several of our patients reside in Sussex County and the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Ajay Goyal, founder of the New Jersey Bariatric Center. 

“We have been seeing patients for some time who drive all the way from Newton and even as far as the West Milford area,” Dr. Goyal added. “This new location will offer patients a more convenient location and we are excited to continue to play a pivotal role in the weight loss journey of all of our patients.” 

“Obesity is a disease,” said Dr. Goyal, “New Jersey Bariatric Center is committed to helping patients fight obesity with comprehensive solutions. As with all New Jersey Bariatric Center locations, the new Sparta office will provide the most advanced, evidence-based medical and surgical weight loss treatments, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric balloon, FDA-approved weight loss medications and personalized nutrition counseling

“The majority of the patients who come to the office tell me their only regret is not having had the surgery sooner,” Dr. Goyal stated. “Most importantly, patients see improvements in type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease. But the thing that stands out the most often for patients is the improvement in their quality of life. Being able to go to the park and go down a slide with their young child or sit on an airplane without requesting a seat belt extender or shop for clothing that makes them feel great in an easily accessible retail store are additional benefits that should not be undervalued.”

The new office space located at 70 Sparta Avenue in Sparta, NJ is within close proximity to Route 15, 181 and 206directly across from Sparta Health & Wellness Center and near to Stop & Shop. 

“We want to be the practice of choice for prospective patients due to convenience and proximity to where they live and work,” said Dr. Goyal. “We hope that with the establishment of this new location, we can continue to provide high quality service and care to the bariatric community.”

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ABOUT NEW JERSEY BARIATRIC CENTER

New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical and surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Somerville, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, LAP-BAND and revision surgery procedures. Led by Ajay Goyal, MD, FACS, the team of surgeons consists of Angela Glasnapp, MD, FACS, James Buwen DO, FACOS  and Tina Thomas, MD along with registered dietitians, psychologists and support staff, all of whom specialize in the treatment of obesity.  The New Jersey Bariatric Center’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average. For more information about bariatric surgery, visit www.NJBariatricCenter.com