About the Bariatric Surgery Program at RWJUH New Brunswick

Nearly 36% of Americans are obese and struggle with weight loss, and obesity-related diseases continue to increase throughout the country. Although bariatric surgery has been around for decades as a weight-loss option, new research and supporting evidence show that bariatric surgery positively contributes to the healthy population. It has been proven to significantly reduce or cure major health risks like Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. Bariatric surgery is the clinical name for surgical weight-loss procedures. The goal of bariatric surgery is to reduce the size of the stomach leading to decreased calorie consumption and feeling fuller more quickly.

Our comprehensive program not only includes surgical options, but we also provide metabolic medicine and address your weight loss goal with medical and nutritional therapy. For those who do not achieve weight loss through our medically supervised program, surgery may be the right choice. RWJ understands that the decision to have weight loss surgery is personal and very important. We’ve developed a list of tools and guidelines to help you assess whether or not you are ready to make the commitment. Some of the criteria you must meet to be considered for weight-loss surgery are determined by your insurance company.

RWJ is a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery

The Bariatric Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ) offers a comprehensive medical and surgical program for both adults and adolescents dedicated to making a lifestyle change.

RWJ is a designated Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™ (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation. This means RWJ’s Bariatric Surgery Center has met a number of requirements for delivering high-quality patient care. We’ve provided information on all aspects of our program, including surgical outcomes, and have undergone a rigorous site inspection in order to earn this designation.

From our pre-surgery informational seminars, to our state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgical procedures, all the way through to the post-procedure support groups, RWJ is committed to a safe and comprehensive bariatric surgery program for the residents of New Jersey and beyond.

    High Risk Bariatric Program at New Brunswick Campus

    Under the leadership of Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery, Ragui Sadek, MD, FACS and Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick has developed program for High Risk patients.

    Patients who may qualify for our High Risk Program include:

    • LVAD and heart failure patients as bridge to transplant
    • Kidney/pancreas transplant patients and donor patients
    • Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) surgeries with two separate devices
    • Super morbidly obese adults & adolescents (BMl >60)
    • Adolescents (15-21 years of age)
    • Revisional bariatrics (laparoscopic and/or da Vinci)

    A Comprehensive Program

    RWJ’s Bariatric Surgery Center incorporates a number of different specialties all working together to develop a personalized care plan for you. This care plan includes extensive education and evaluation before surgery, and the lifetime follow-up care and support crucial to keeping the weight off and staying healthy.

    • Our Pulmonologist will perform pulmonary function tests as well as sleep studies to diagnose any existing sleep apnea, an important condition to be aware of prior to your surgery
    • Referral to a Gastroenterologist is important because we need to have a baseline status of your every day digestive system. The GI doctor will also perform an endoscopy of your esophagus and stomach anatomy prior to surgery. In addition he/she will look for reflux disease, polyps, erosions and hernias.
    • We refer to a Cardiologist prior to your surgery so we can determine your basic cardiac function, or what your heart is capable of handling. He/she may also perform a cardiac stress test and/or echocardiogram.
    • An Endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in metabolic disorders. He/she will evaluate you to determine if diabetes is present.
    • A visit to a psychologist for counseling helps patients to transition from a place of suffering with obesity to taking on the new lifestyle and dietary changes necessary for the best health outcomes.