My mom’s family all developed type 2 diabetes and all died from complications related to that.

My brother and I eventually developed type 2 diabetes as well. He was 10 years older than me, and at 62, he died from a massive heart attack related to diabetes. That was my turning point. 

Before bariatric surgery, I had been overweight my entire life. I tried many diets and diet programs. Everything from Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers to the military diet. I even tried  eating only vegetables. Nothing worked for me. I was constantly hungry. 

Having gastric sleeve surgery at New Jersey Bariatric Center helped me take away the insatiable hunger that no amount of food would satisfy. I immediately felt so much better. I was finally satisfied after eating my meals. Surgery also helped me get rid of my diabetes which was huge for me. 

I did my research before coming to New Jersey Bariatric Center but I am so happy that I chose them. The staff was ALWAYS there to answer questions, especially right after gastric sleeve surgery. The philosophies behind their surgery and journey post-operatively, aligned with my beliefs and I knew that with their support, I would be able to make the lifestyle changes that I needed to succeed. 

Since gastric sleeve, my life has changed in many ways. In addition to losing weight, I am now able to walk around and keep up with my active kids. I can finally travel without being worried or embarrassed if I couldn’t fit in an airline seat. I can go to a restaurant without wanting to eat EVERYTHING I see or smell. My self esteem has also increased and I feel like I am finally able to live my life! 

*According to national studies, bariatric surgery results in an average weight loss of 55-80 percent of excess body weight. Excess weight is the amount of weight one needs to lose in order to have a “healthy” BMI of 25.

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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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