Obesity Surgery in New Jersey
Approximately 10,000,000 people in the United States live with obesity. Obesity surgery was first performed in the 1950s, and since then, tens of thousands of men and women have regained control of their weight, health, and quality of life. In recent years, advancements in the field have focused on improving the types and benefits of obesity surgery, including endoscopic bariatric procedures that are available from Dr. Shaikh at the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, located in Montclair, and serving patients in New Jersey and around the world.
What Is Obesity Surgery?
Obesity surgery was developed as an alternative and more aggressive treatment for obesity. The first bariatric surgery was performed in 1954, and since then techniques have significantly improved. Today, patients and surgeons have a variety of obesity procedures from which to choose. These procedures generally work by either reducing the stomach’s capacity for food with or without changing the flow of nutrients through your small intestine.
Benefits of Obesity Surgery
There are many benefits to obesity surgery, particularly for patients who have had difficulty shedding the weight. It is important to keep in mind that many complications and secondary health conditions due to obesity often develop over time and initially go unnoticed. The more years that go by without intervention, the longer your body has to develop these conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain cancers, increased blood sugar or diabetes. In many cases, these may lead to stroke, heart attack and even early death. Obesity surgery promotes rapid and significant weight loss that can help prevent or even reverse these conditions.
How is Obesity Surgery Performed?
Obesity surgery encompasses several techniques for controlling food intake and nutrient absorption. To learn about some of these methods, please visit our bariatric surgery page.
In general, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. Endoscopic techniques use an approach through the mouth to gain access to the stomach and intestines. Endoscopic bariatric procedures do not involve cuts from the outside of the body.
Traditional surgical procedures use incisions in the abdomen to allow access to the stomach and intestines. The incisions may be quite significant, or the surgeon may use smaller incisions in a laparoscopic procedure.
Some of the anatomical changes that may be performed include:
- Placing a balloon in the stomach
- Reducing the size of the stomach to hold less food
- Includes endoscopic and traditional procedures
- Placing a restrictive band around the upper section of the stomach
- Removing sections of the stomach and intestines
Preparing for Obesity Surgery
Although obesity surgery is considered a safe procedure, there are some risks. General anesthesia is used, so you need to be in good overall health. Your physician generally confirms this with blood work and other diagnostic tests beforehand. You should also start your diet and exercise plan at least one week before your surgery so you are accustomed to the necessary lifestyle changes.
Recovery from Obesity Surgery
Recovery will vary based on the type of procedure you have. Endoscopic procedures generally have a faster recovery than traditional open or laparoscopic surgery.
You will be limited to a liquid or soft diet for a while. After that, your surgeon restricts your diet to specific foods. Even after you are fully recovered, you may need to avoid certain foods simply because of the changes to your digestive system.
Your surgeon will recommend that you avoid strenuous activities, including exercise, until you are fully recovered. After recovery, the success of the surgery depends largely on your commitment to proper diet and exercise.
How Much Does Obesity Surgery Cost?
Each patients’ needs are different. The cost of obesity surgery will vary depending on the procedure chosen and your individual insurance plan. Many obesity surgery facilities offer convenient financing options if needed. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.
Is Obesity Surgery Right for Me?
Obesity surgery is generally considered for individuals who have obesity-related medical conditions and/or have about 100lbs of weight to lose. Surgery should only be considered after careful consultation with your primary physician and bariatric endoscopist or surgeon.
Why Choose Obesity Surgery?
Obesity is a leading health problem that causes severe secondary medical conditions. Leaving your obesity untreated can be life threatening. While diet and exercise are beneficial for weight loss, many obese patients need the extra support offered by obesity surgery. Surgery can help with a variety of medical ailments with many patients improving their blood pressure, blood sugar, arthritis, sleep apnea and many other conditions.
What to Expect During Your Obesity Surgery Consultation
The challenges you experience as a result of your obesity are far-reaching. Once you find a facility that fits your needs, schedule a consultation with the office. During his patient consultations, Dr. Shaikh will discuss your weight loss needs and may order blood work and other tests. He takes time to answer any questions you may have to ensure you are comfortable with your care plan.
Obesity surgery has changed the lives of many patients living with obesity. These procedures give patients the advantage they need to take control of their weight. If you are interested in obesity surgery, contact Dr. Shaikh today!
“Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed with this or any other procedure. Any weight loss procedure should be accompanied with nutritional counseling and an appropriate diet and exercise program.”