If you’re looking for one of the most experienced, skilled and dedicated bariatric surgeons in the Tri-State area, look no further than Dr. Jonathan Arad of New York Weight Loss and Surgery and New Jersey Weight Loss and Surgery. Dr. Arad has performed more than 750 bariatric surgeries and revisions. His thousands of hours in the operating room combined with his focus on continuing education, compassion and commitment to his patients makes New York Weight Loss and Surgery and New Jersey Weight Loss and Surgery the easy choice for bariatric surgery.
Patients must meet one of two criteria to be considered a candidate for bariatric surgery. They must either:
In some cases, candidates may be considered for weight loss surgery with a BMI higher than 30, depending on their comorbidities. Dr. Arad makes such determinations on a case-by-case basis.
Which procedure is right for you? Find out below.
Gastric Sleeve: The gastric sleeve procedure—also known as sleeve gastrectomy and vertical sleeve gastrectomy—has been the most popular weight loss procedure in the United States since 2013, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The gastric sleeve involves the removal of 80 to 85 percent of the stomach, leaving it approximately the size and shape of a banana.
People with sleeve gastrectomies eat less because their stomachs hold less food. Perhaps more important, cells that produce ghrelin—a hormone that causes feelings of hunger, among other things—are removed, making it much easier to control the appetite. Even at three years post-surgery, most people can expect to have kept off about 66 percent of their excess weight.
Adjustable Gastric Band: The adjustable gastric band, commonly known by the brand name LAP-BAND®, is an excellent option for those looking for a less permanent weight loss procedure. Dr. Arad will fit your stomach with a band that closes off part of it, making a smaller pouch for food and resulting in the patient eating less. The size of the band is controlled by a saline pump. One of the major advantages to the adjustable gastric band—and one of the reasons it is attractive to so many people—is that it can be removed at any time.
Revision Surgery: Sometimes people are unhappy with their weight loss procedure performed by another doctor, and sometimes people either do not lose enough weight or gain back too much weight. In these cases, revision surgery may be an option.
Revision surgery is the process of modifying a weight loss procedure—either fixing problems with the original surgery, converting it to a different type of procedure or, in some cases, reversing the procedure and restoring the patient’s original anatomy. At New York Weight Loss and Surgery and New Jersey Weight Loss and Surgery, we perform three types of revision surgeries.
Adjustable Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve: Although the adjustable gastric band is a safe and effective bariatric procedure, sometimes complications arise, such as band slippage, band erosion or port infection. Other times, patients have not seen the results they would have liked from the procedure.
As a result, many patients would like to reverse their adjustable gastric band in favor of another procedure. Due to its impermanent nature, removing an adjustable gastric band is easy. The gastric sleeve is the perfect replacement. It is, in many cases, even more effective than a band, and it does not cause as many complications.
Adjustable Gastric Band over Gastric Bypass: The gastric bypass procedure both shrinks the stomach and reroutes the gastrointestinal tract so the patient’s body absorbs less food and fewer calories. However, after this procedure some people either do not lose as much weight or they regain more weight than they would like.
In such cases, an adjustable gastric band can be added to the gastric bypass to either further reduce the size of the stomach in a less invasive way, or to correct any problems with the original procedure.
Overstitch Endoscopic Revisions
With the Overstitch Endoscopic Suturing System, we offer a less invasive way to perform many bariatric revision surgeries. When gastric bypass procedures fail, we can re-stitch the stomach pouch through the endoscope, with no incisions necessary. Eliminating incisions means eliminating the risk of surgical infection and greatly reducing recovery time.
Obesity is an epidemic, affecting one out of four Americans. It is a top cause of preventable illness and is directly or indirectly linked to:
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Now that you know more about your options, contact New York Weight Loss and Surgery or New Jersey Weight Loss and Surgery today to meet with Dr. Arad and discuss which option works best for you. We’ll be with you every step of the way, from initial consultation to recovery and beyond. A new, healthier you is just a phone call away.