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Overlook Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Bariatric surgery is recognized by the American Heart Association and the American College of Surgeons and endorsed by the National Institutes of Health as a safe way to help people lose weight and minimize or even eliminate diabetes and hypertension, sometimes within months.
At Atlantic Health Weight & Wellness Center, located at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center, our surgeons are experts in laparoscopic bariatric surgery using the most advanced techniques that result in more rapid recovery for our patients.
Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix and those who qualify must be dedicated to life-long medical follow-up, daily vitamin supplementation and changes in eating behaviors. Patients should be aware of all major risks and complications and remember that optimal results will only be obtained by following their specific diet restrictions. Our center’s bariatric surgical options include:
Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive-malabsorptive procedure, meaning it not only limits the volume of food that can be eaten, but also decreases the absorption of fat and calories. During the operation, a surgeon will use staples to divide the stomach into a smaller upper half and larger lower half. Next, the smaller section or pouch is connected directly to the small intestine. As a result, patients feel full after eating less. Gastric bypass surgery is available at Morristown, Overlook and Chilton medical centers.
Adjustable gastric band procedures control the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. A hollow silicone band is placed around the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch and narrow passageway. The band is then inflated with a saline solution. When the patient eats, food enters the pouch and is slowly emptied into the stomach via the narrowed passageway. The band can be adjusted by the surgeon, as needed. Patients considering this procedure are carefully screened for dietary habits and preferences, as well as pre-existing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Gastric band surgery is available at Morristown, Overlook, Newton and Chilton medical centers. In addition, Morristown and Overlook medical centers offer a private pay package for this procedure >
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach so that patients feel full after eating much less, thereby taking in fewer calories, and losing weight. During surgery, the stomach is stapled and divided vertically, removing more than 85 percent of its capacity while retaining the nerves and outlet valve to preserve function. What remains resembles a very slim banana with an approximate volume of one to five ounces. Vertical sleeve gastrectomy may or may not be part of a staged procedure and is available at Morristown, Overlook, Newton and Chilton medical centers.
Sometimes patients may not lose sufficient weight or they have health issues that require additional interventions. In these cases, a second bariatric surgery may be required. It is recommended that all options for revisions be discussed with a surgeon beforehand. Bariatric surgical revisions are available at Morristown, Overlook and Chilton medical centers.