I began gaining weight about 19 years ago. I had gone to Israel to study abroad and there was so much kosher food available everywhere. I was literally like a kid in a candy store. In addition, I was in Jerusalem where there was very good public transportation, so I wasn’t walking around as much. I tried gyms, Optavia, Weight Watchers, a personal trainer, and the South Beach Diet. Nothing stuck because I wasn’t ready and didn’t have the proper support.

At my annual check-up when I had just turned 36, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol and was put on medication. I got very nervous and knew that I had to do something because I needed to be around for my wonderful husband and children. My doctor suggested I see a bariatric surgeon and I listened but was extremely uncertain with the decision initially.

Gastric sleeve surgery has given me a second chance. Yes, being skinnier is really nice, feeling sexy doesn’t hurt but the main thing is being healthy. I am able to do so much more. I can hike, I can stand on a chair to open a window or hang up a poster (I’m a teacher) and hop back down and continue teaching. I can walk up a hill without feeling totally out of breath.

It’s literally life-changing and I am eternally grateful. Dr. Goyal has always treated me with respect. He never laughed at any of my questions and answered me sincerely, even when I asked if I’d ever be able to eat ice cream again. The registered dietitians, the PA and everyone else I have dealt with at New Jersey Bariatric Center have been nothing but friendly, patient, knowledgeable and kind. Eight days after my gastric sleeve surgery I was told I no longer need to take meds for blood pressure. I just about cried. I’m not on any medication for physical health. My husband is so happy that I can do more and he mentions that he sees how hard I’m trying. I can now shop in any store I want for clothing and I feel great!

I have recommended NJBC to others. One of the things I like about NJBC is that the facility is clean and comfortable. Also, they have many things that a bariatric patient needs from protein to vitamins to protein snacks. Not to mention the virtual support group ‘Tuesday Talks’ meetings which I really miss attending in person since the pandemic.

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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, 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, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, 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.

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