New Jersey Bariatric Surgery – Weight Loss Surgeons
Naveen Ballem, MD
Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery –
Proudly serving Northern New Jersey and surrounding areas with General, & Advanced Laparoscopic surgery!!
There are a variety of surgical options available today for the treatment of obesity. Before drawing any conclusions on what is best for you, it’s important to understand that all weight loss surgeries are not alike. Each one carries its own set of risks and benefits. The information provided below will help familiarize you with the types of surgery we currently perform. By becoming educated on the pros and cons of each, you’ll have a better understanding of the surgery and what to expect.
If you have any questions about the weight loss surgery options or wish to schedule an initial consultation, please contact us today at our New Jersey bariatric surgery practice. We look forward to providing you with the personalized care you deserve!
Restrictive surgeries, such as Lap Band®, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, sleeve gastrectomy, reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold. The procedures involve the creation of a small stomach pouch to decrease food intake, consume fewer calories, and ultimately achieve weight loss. The purpose of this type of surgery is to allow the patient to experience a sense of fullness when consuming very small quantities of food.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND)
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Malabsorptive surgeries limit the quantity of food that the body can digest and absorb. These types of procedures, such as biliopancreatic diversion, involve a reduction in the length of the digestive tract. By shortening the small intestines, the body will digest and absorb less food, thereby decreasing caloric intake and promoting weight loss. Malabsorptive operations are the least often performed weight loss surgeries today.
Combined surgeries, such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, long limb Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch employ malabsorptive and restrictive methods. The procedure restricts how much the stomach can hold while reducing how much it can absorb, however, it does so to a smaller extent than procedures which are exclusively malabsorptive. The combination of these two types of procedures has proven to be a great formula for long term weight loss. Combined procedures are the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries today, making up approximately 90% of all gastric bypass surgeries in the United States.
The outcome of bariatric surgery is generally quite good; however, not all surgeries produce the results that a patient originally anticipated. This experience is common with the more outdated operations, such as ‘stomach stapling’- (VBG), which is no longer widely used by surgeons. For patients who have had bariatric surgery performed in the past and are unhappy with the results, revisional surgery may be an option.