Allied Surgical Group physicians practice as out-of-network providers for private insurance plans. This allows us to spend more time with patients and also provides other important benefits:
- Patients are never rushed out of our office; each consultation is typically 40 minutes.
- You have direct access to your physician.
- We emphasize the importance of post-operative care, which is critical to a patient's weight loss success.
- We offer the least expensive weight loss surgery options in New Jersey. By maintaining our own surgical suite at the James Street location, we can discount costs.
- We offer flexible options. Patients can choose to pay out-of-pocket for their procedure if they won't want to wait six months to see if insurance will cover it. We also offer interest-free financing.
About Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery is the only consistent and durable method of losing weight. Diets are ineffective in the long run, as virtually all of you who are reading this can attest! Dr. Ward and Dr. McLean offer two types of weight loss surgery - the gastric bypass and the lap-band. We use laparoscopic techniques exclusively with both types of surgery. Insurance companies will typically cover the surgery if you are 100 or more pounds overweight, that is if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Use the calculator below to determine your BMI.
We believe that many patients who are not 100 pounds overweight and have a BMI of less than 40 (particularly those with type 2 diabetes) will also benefit from the surgery. For those patients and for those who are not covered by their insurance policy, we offer lap band surgery at a reasonable rate. Financing is available.
Bariatric Surgery Is:
Lifesaving. The surgery is associated with long-term weight loss and decreased overall mortality (risk of dying) due to a reduction in the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Empowering. As you gain control over your weight, your energy level and productivity increase. Patients frequently tell us that choosing surgery is the best decision they ever made and that their subsequent transformation has given them back their lives.
Safe. The bottom line is that it is up to you to make the personal decision about whether the long-term benefits of weight loss outweigh the up-front risks of surgery.
With a gastric bypass you can expect to lose 60-70% of your excess body weight (that is the number of pounds you are over your ideal body weight) within one year at which time your weight will stabilize. With a band you will lose weight and at a slower rate. You can expect to lose 40% of your excess body weight over a two year period at which time you will stabilize.
The surgeries differ in their risks, side effects and requirements for follow-up. The gastric bypass entails a two day hospitalization; a gastric band can be done as an outpatient. A bypass requires us to cut the intestines; a band procedure does not involve any intestinal rearrangement. A bypass requires yearly monitoring for vitamin deficiencies; a band requires life long follow-up by a bariatric surgeon in order to make adjustments. A bypass results in quicker and more substantial weight loss with a more rapid resolution of diabetes than a band. Patients with higher BMIs are better served with a bypass operation. For a more thorough understanding of these and other issues, we ask you to consult with either Dr. Ward or Dr. McLean before making your decision as to which surgery would be best for you.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)
Judge your personal BMI result against the following scale:
. A BMI of less than 18 indicates you are underweight.
. A BMI between 18 and 18.5 indicates you are thin for your height.
. A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 indicates you are at a healthy weight.
. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 indicates you are overweight for your height.
. A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity.