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
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Marijuana, Smoking and Weight Loss Surgery

Now that the state of New Jersey legalized the use of recreational marijuana for adults, several patients have asked how using marijuana can affect their weight loss surgery journey. To start, the use of marijuana should be discussed with your surgeon. Smoking, whether it’s cigarettes or marijuana, is a health risk that can lead to lung and heart complications both during and after bariatric surgery as well as long-term health consequences. Marijuana itself can alter clotting factors in our blood, making our bodies more prone to developing clots which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Your surgeon will discuss
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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