ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH SEVERE OBESITY?
Many people today are affected by severe obesity—weighing more than 100 pounds over their ideal weight—that threatens their health. Obesity can cause very serious health problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), sleep apnea, respiratory illness, depression, and more. Severe obesity can also cause women to suffer from menstrual irregularity and even infertility.
SO MANY “SOLUTIONS” THAT DON’T REALLY WORK
In many cases, obesity can be genetic—meaning diet and exercise probably won’t fix the problem in the long term. Of course, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise will often magnify these genetic factors. Maybe you’ve tried weight loss methods like dieting, weight loss pills and exercise but still had poor results; unfortunately most people just can’t achieve and maintain a healthy weight that way.
REAL, LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS
There is a way to achieve long-term weight loss that really works. It’s called bariatric surgery, available at the Center for Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley. With bariatric surgery, weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a removable gastric band—often called “Lap Band,” or through removal of a portion of the stomach, referred to as “gastric bypass,” or by rerouting the small intestines to a small stomach pouch, called “Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y.”
BARIATRIC SURGERY WORKS, FOR LIFE
Long-term studies show that bariatric surgery can result in significant long-term weight loss, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and improvement in mental health as well. What about diabetes? Studies show that weight loss surgery can reverse and even cure Type 2 Diabetes caused by obesity. And sleep apnea, respiratory problems, and the pain and discomfort caused by obesity can be alleviated as well.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY OPTIONS
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery describes two basic approaches to weight loss surgery:
Restrictive procedures that decrease food intake.
Malabsorptive procedures that alter digestion, thus causing food to be poorly digested and incompletely absorbed.
Laparoscopic or Minimally Invasive Surgery
At HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, we perform the following minimally invasive surgeries:
THE PASCACK BARIATRICS EXPERIENCE
At the Center for Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, our expert physicians have extensive experience performing laparoscopic adjustable gastric band or “lap band” surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and roux-en-y bariatric procedures. HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley provides the highest level of medical care from award-winning bariatric surgeons, offering most patients faster recovery time and shorter hospital stays, as well as reduced pain after surgery and fewer complications. HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is the only hospital in the area that offers completely private rooms and a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.
Our team approach means that every patient receives the highest level of care, before, during, and after surgery. We provide each patient with personal attention and expert guidance to make their surgery—and their journey toward a new, healthier life—as successful as possible.
Our patient-centered program starts with a thorough and personalized evaluation to find out if bariatric surgery is an option for you. If you are determined to be a candidate, our world-class bariatric specialists will carefully discuss all options with you to determine the best route toward your health goals. Our obesity experts include cardiologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, dietitians and behavioral health specialists, who help to educate and evaluate every patient before surgery.
Our commitment to our patients doesn’t end after surgery. Research shows that when bariatric surgery patients receive ongoing help and guidance after their procedure, they enjoy better long-term health and more long-term weight loss success. After surgery, we provide individual counseling at each follow-up visit with the surgeon, as well as monthly support groups, access to our expert dietitians and plastic surgeons.
We believe in giving our patients every tool and resource available in a friendly and supportive environment, designed to feel more like a home than a hospital. Bariatric patients receive nutrition support, diet and exercise guidance, help with eating habits, and more. We help you adjust to the physical and emotional changes you’ll experience after this type of surgery, so that your transformation will be lasting and healthy.
DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
If you’d like to find out more about weight loss that really works, please call The Center for Bariatric Surgery at (201) 781-1380. You can also learn about our upcoming weight loss seminars taught by our world-class bariatric surgeons. For a list of frequently asked questions please click here.