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Learn The Facts About Gastric Bypass, Lap Band And Realize Band Surgery


Between the thousands of Web sites and chat rooms on the Internet and the books and news stories about Gastric Bypass, Lap Band and REALIZE Band surgery, it’s hard for people considering weight loss surgery to separate the facts from fiction regarding these procedures. Dr. Ajay Goyal, FACS, Director of Bariatric Surgery at Overlook Hospital and lead surgeon at the New Jersey Bariatric Center, recommends attending an educational weight loss surgery seminar given by a board certified surgeon as the best way to get the facts about weight loss surgery.

Information on Dr. Goyal’s practice and the NJ Bariatric Center can be found at

“Educational seminars give people considering weight loss surgery a chance to speak directly with the surgeon and multi-disciplinary team in a relaxed setting,” says Dr. Ajay Goyal, FACS, New Jersey Bariatric Center. “This low pressure environment is the best way to learn directly from the surgeon about the different surgical options – Gastric Bypass, Lap Band and REALIZE Band, understand how weight loss surgery will aid in weight reduction as well as learn about the process patients will follow before and after surgery in order to maximize weight loss.”

Below are five reasons why prospective weight loss surgery patients should consider attending an educational seminar:

1. Learn the Facts and Bust the Myths
Most people considering weight loss surgery have done extensive research on the subject from talking to friends to checking out various Web sites. Research is important, it gives potential patients a baseline for what to expect from Gastric Bypass, Lap Band and REALIZE Band surgery. However, the abundance of information can often lead to confusion and unintentional misunderstandings regarding weight loss surgery. New Jersey Bariatric Center seminars will give you the facts on what’s real and what’s not, as well as answer all the questions you’ve accumulated through your research.

2. Learn from the Experiences of Current Weight Loss Surgery Patients
There are some questions even your surgeon can’t answer, such as how did you feel when you woke up after surgery to what did it feel like to get a Lap Band or REALIZE Band adjustment. Educational seminars give you a chance to speak one-one-one with patients who’ve undergone weight loss surgery. You’ll learn about how their health improved, including improvement in conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, as well as the success and the challenges pre- and post-surgery.

3. Get Tips on How to Maximize Weight Loss
The journey to a healthier lifestyle begins before surgery. At the seminar you’ll learn tips on how to begin weight loss now, such as cutting out liquid calories from your diet and the importance of low impact exercise. It’s important to start good habits before surgery to put you on the road to maximizing weight loss after surgery.

4. Small Group Setting Fosters Discussion
It can be intimidating to ask questions when you’re in a room of 50 to 100 people. That’s why at the New Jersey Bariatric Center we limit our seminars to 20 to 25 people. The small group setting gives people more one-one-one time with the surgeon and current patients, and fosters an environment of open discussion.

5. Motivate Yourself to Start a Weight Loss Program
Listening to the inspiration stories of current patients, learning about weight loss tips and getting the answers to the questions you’ve had about surgery are for many motivating in itself to begin to lose weight. Whether you move forward with surgery or not, you’ll learn you’re not alone on this journey to lose weight and get healthy. And, if you decide weight loss surgery is right for you, you’ll have the support of the New Jersey Bariatric Center’s multi-disciplinary staff of nutritionists, psychologists, exercise experts and fellow patients as you start down the path to a healthier lifestyle.

Seminars are available during the following dates and times for 2008:

Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, 7 p.m.
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9

Family Practice Center, Hoboken, NJ, 7 p.m.
August 28
September 25
October 30
November 27
December 18

For more information about seminar locations and times, go to

New Jersey Bariatric Center

The New Jersey Bariatric Center, led by Dr. Ajay Goyal, has offices in Union and Hoboken, New Jersey. Dr. Goyal’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortality to date and a complication rate that is lower than the national average. These surgical results stand out as some of the best in New Jersey. If you or someone you love is considering bariatric surgery – Gastric Bypass, Lap Band or REALIZE Band procedures - please join us for one of our free educational seminars. To register, visit us at

New Jersey Bariatric Center
700 Rahway Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 378-1779 (Business hours)
Phone: (201) 461-1915 (Service)
Fax: (908) 688-8861


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