Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Your Weight Loss Journey Begins at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

father reading to childWe realize that weight loss is a journey, not a destination.

We understand that the struggle with obesity is often complex. Obesity can be influenced by family history, physiological, environmental, socioeconomic and psychological factors.

When other methods of losing weight have not been successful, surgical treatment may be an option. Effective, long-term weight loss requires lifelong changes and commitment. Your weight loss transformation can begin today with a combination of bariatric surgery, nutritional counseling, exercise and monthly support groups with people who are working hard towards a healthier lifestyle, just like you.

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Why Consider Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is the only effective method of sustaining weight loss for people with severe obesity.

According to the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery restricts the size of the stomach and limits the sensation of hunger. This means you feel full after eating less food. The reduction of calories consumed helps speed the weight loss along.

Looking better is not the only benefit. Bariatric surgery can reverse or improve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and help prevent other disabling conditions.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Have you struggled with weight loss through diet and exercise? If you can answer "Yes" to some of the following questions, bariatric surgery may be right for you.

  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more?
  • Do you have a BMI of 35 or more, plus a life threatening, obesity related health condition such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea or heart disease?
  • Have you unsuccessfully attempted to lose weight in the past?
  • Does your weight cause physical problems that interfere with mobility, recreational activities, work or family?
  • Do you suffer from other obesity related health problems such as joint disease or infertility?

Our Approach

The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is designed to help you reach your individual goals. With a comprehensive and collaborative approach to weight loss, our multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, dieticians and psychologists work with you throughout the entire process. Our team will provide you with a complete evaluation before surgery and education and support throughout.

About Our Team

Our program is led by a nationally and internationally known pioneer in minimally invasive or laparoscopic weight loss procedures. Our nurses, dieticians, psychologists and therapists are also accomplished, experienced professionals. Joining with our surgeons, this integrated treatment team works together before, during and after your surgery and throughout your weight loss journey to ensure your success every step of the way.

Alan A. Saber, MD
Alan A. Saber, MD

How Our Program Is Different

Total Support Through YOUR Journey

MBSAQIP Accredited CenterWe take a different approach to weight loss. Instead of focusing on short-term goals like reducing the size of your waist; we emphasize long-term benefits like reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss and bariatric surgery. The Center is led by a national expert in minimally invasive metabolic and bariatric surgery with OVER 20 years of experience performing over 4,500 minimally invasive procedures.

Our knowledgeable, multidisciplinary team works to develop an individualized treatment plan and follow-up care for all of our bariatric patients, so you not only receive surgery, but also a lifestyle management program that helps you achieve weight loss, minimizes potential complications with surgery, assists with behavioral adjustments and promotes overall good health.

What You Can Expect at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

When you choose Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, be assured that the professionals who essentially become your weight loss family are at the top of their field and extremely sensitive to your physical and psychological conditions.

They will be with you every step of your journey.

Below are the next steps you need to take to make your life transformation.

Before Surgery

  • Consult with your primary care provider.
  • Schedule an initial consultation with a bariatric surgeon to discuss your weight loss surgery options, which includes a discussion of the benefits and risks of each procedure, so you can make an informed decision on which procedure benefits you most.
  • Meet with our bariatric registered dietician before and after surgery to provide you with counseling and support in one-on-one and group sessions.

Post Surgery

  • Have unlimited access to a member of the Bariatric Team who will answer your questions.
  • Participate in free monthly support group meetings, featuring discussions about nutrition, exercise, wellness and stress reduction.

Safe Weight Loss Surgery

For those whose best option is weight loss surgery, our board-certified bariatric surgeons safely and effectively perform a range of procedures.

Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Procedures for Weight Loss

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

    • It’s you, with a smaller stomach
    • Limits food portion size to promote weight loss
    • Decrease in hunger hormones
    • Maximum absorption with minimal vitamin deficiencies
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

    • Limits food portion size
    • Less absorption of calories
    • Improves blood sugar levels and many other weight-related conditions

Procedures for Other Bariatric Conditions

  • Revisional bariatric surgery
  • Foregut surgery
  • Heller myotomy (for achalasia of esophagus)
  • Fundoplication (for reflux disease)
  • Repair of hiatal hernia
  • Gastrojejunostomy
  • Gastrectomy for gastric tumor (cancer and GIST)
  • Gastrostomy tube
  • Bowel surgery
  • Bowel resection (small or large bowel resection)
  • Colon resection for cancer, diverticulitis, or volvulus
  • Lysis of adhesion for bowel obstruction, chronic abdominal pain
  • Colostomy
  • Closure of colostomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystojejunostomy
  • Solid organ surgery
  • Liver biopsy
  • Segmental liver resection
  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Hernia surgery (hiatal hernia, inguinal hernia, incisional hernia, umbilical hernia, parastomal hernia)
  • Surgery for acute abdomen diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Placement of peritoneal dialysis catheter

Conditions We Treat

  • Bowel obstruction (cancer, strangulated hernia, adhesions, volvulus)
  • Perforated peptic ulcer
  • Perforated diverticulitis
  • Appendicitis

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Bariatric surgery is the only proven option for significant long-term weight loss and can improve or resolve many obesity-related conditions. Our surgeons have a proven track record for providing safe, high-quality care.

To find out more about the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center call 973-926-7402 or request an appointment.

Patient Stories

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  • “Dr. Patel was right—bariatric surgery isn’t cheating. It’s a head start. But afterward, you have to make healthy choices every day to make it work for you.”

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