Bariatric surgery can benefit those who are extremely overweight and have been unsuccessful with traditional methods of weight reduction, such as diet and exercise.
Our bariatric surgery program offers gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and the less-invasive gastric banding surgery. These procedures are performed laparoscopically, meaning there are smaller incisions and a quicker recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Together, our surgeons have performed or assisted in more than 2000 bariatric surgeries.
Most patients will usually reach their goal after the first year, typically after losing 3-6 pounds per week. Also 60 percent of their excess body weight in the long term. In addition, the weight loss often results in significant improvements to patients’ physical and emotional health.
Candidates for the Procedure
Not everyone who is overweight is a candidate for bariatric surgery. Surgery options may be available for those who have been turned down by other programs. Potential candidates include those who:
Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 or are at least 50 pounds overweight for gastric banding or 100 pounds for gastric bypass surgery
Have a BMI greater than 35 and are at high risk for heart disease or other serious illnesses. The best candidates for the weight loss procedure are people who have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 and who are 100 or more pounds overweight. A thorough evaluation and a series of health tests are required to confirm whether someone is a candidate.
Have comorbidities if your BMI is under 40
To find a bariatric surgeon, call our physician referral service at 1-888-MD-RWJUH (1-888-637-9584) or use our online Physician Finder
Bariatric Exercise Program
Offered by the Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Center, the Bariatric Exercise Program is designed for those who are planning to have or who already had bariatric surgery. It includes cardiovascular, strengthening, flexbility and balance components to safely enhance weight loss and increase muscle mass. Written medical clearance from your physician is necessary to participate. For more information, call 908-203-5972.