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Holmdel, NJ 07733

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Useful healthcare information that is relevant to people living here in New Jersey related to laparoscopic surgery, general surgery and bariatric weight loss programs can be difficult to find and you aren't always sure what you are reading is accurate.

So here, on the Sterling Surgicare blog, central NJ top-rated surgeon Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri shares his own tips, weight loss surgery patient success stories (and challenges!) along with valuable medical information you need to know.

Enjoy and always feel free to contact us if you have a question about what you've read.


January 2, 2017

Five Ways Your Life Will Change After Weight Loss Surgery

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

New Jersey Board-Certified, Fellowship-trained, Bariatric Surgeon

After undergoing bariatric surgery, most patients begin losing weight at a rapid pace. Whether you have the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, revision surgery or change your lap band to another bariatric solution, your body is going to change inside and out. 

I’ve outlined some of the most important improvements you are going to experience during the transition to a healthy weight and lifestyle: 

1) Food will not rule your life

Once obesity sets in, life is about food, first and foremost. But after bariatric surgery, you’ll see that food isn’t really your ‘best friend.’ It just keeps you alive, nothing more. Get ready to say goodbye to the constant worry about your next snack, next meal or which drive-through you’re going to visit. 

Going forward, you will learn that food gives your mind and body fuel to perform at its highest level possible. Food is not a crutch or a protector from the challenges of daily life.

2) You’re going to feel so much better

Preparation is the number one key to weight loss success. Before surgery, you’ll work with our Bariatric Navigator to start the process of changing what you eat. Go ahead and dump the junk food, the sugar products and empty carbs now. Your body doesn’t need artificially processed foods (nor does your family). After about a week or two of excluding these foods from your diet, you’re going to feel the difference.

Read articles, blogs, magazines and books about healthy living. Prepare your body and your mind to make changes toward living a healthier lifestyle. By utilizing all of the resources from our comprehensive bariatric weight loss program, you will have many levels of support and education available to you. 

3) You are not alone in this journey

Through our Institute for Weight Loss monthly weight loss surgery support group, you are going to meet people at all stages of the bariatric process. You will garner the tools to live a healthier life and learn how to meet and overcome obstacles. There is strength in numbers and our support group meetings often exceeds 40 participants. 

4) Only you can change your mindset about food, exercise and weight

The struggle against obesity is not just physical. It’s also mental and emotional. Having the courage and dedication to have weight loss surgery is a strong statement about your regard for your value and self-worth. The battle against obesity is complicated; if you feel you need psychological counseling services, we’ll be happy to provide you with recommendations based upon our patients’ feedback.

5) You will be amazed that you actually like to exercise

Once you are eating solid foods again, you can incorporate exercise into your routine, in most cases. Many patients enthusiastically report that weight loss surgery gave them a new chance to reap the benefits from working out.

After bariatric surgery, you call the shots about what happens next

How will you reclaim your body, redeem your health, and start a journey toward a healthier quality of life? Discover activities that you enjoy—start with walking around the neighborhood, jog/walk on a treadmill while you watch your favorite TV show, or play ball with your kids (they will be elated, I assure you). Have you always wanted to hike? Take a water aerobics class? Try Yoga or Zumba? 

The battle against the disease of obesity is often in the mind.  When you see the physical changes happening, your mental outlook will improve as well.

Seize that momentum and go after your goals with everything you’ve got. It’s well worth the effort.

December 12, 2016 

Read 100+ Patient Reviews About Dr. Adeyeri and Sterling Surgicare

By Melissa Tenny, Practice Manager

Anytime I am going to purchase a new product or service, I check out customer reviews first, to see how good they really are and if they live up to all the marketing jargon.

After that, I usually move forward (or look elsewhere.)

Why should choosing a surgeon be any different?

If you are going to pursue weight loss surgery, or are facing some kind of GI surgery—gallbladder, colon, hernia repair, appendix or diverticulitis treatment, you want to be sure the surgeon performing your operation is 'the best of the best.'

And it’s not just the doctor—you will be working with the medical practice’s team of nurses, clinicians, bariatric dietitians and office administrative team as well.

If you review the feedback on the doctor, you’ll also hear about his support team. This way, you’ll know:

Are the nurses cheerful, gentle and on top of their game?

Does the nutritionist run late and keep you waiting?

Do the office management staff respond quickly to your calls and do everything possible to get you an appointment when you need it?

Does the practice help you with insurance issues?

Get to Know Sterling Surgicare

Dr. Adeyeri and our practice have more than 100 Patient Reviews which you can read here. We are not affiliated with this website, nor are we able to edit or delete any of the patient-submitted posts.

We welcome you to take a few minutes to see what our patients have to say about us after their operations. Then, feel free to call us at (732) 217-3897 to discuss your need for surgery here in central New Jersey.

December 9, 2016

You’ve Got This--Eat Responsibly This Holiday Season

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

After weight loss surgery, many people are justifiably nervous about facing holiday meals and parties with a much smaller stomach. Some people are prone to be so conservative they don’t eat enough, while others may be tempted (or swayed) to veer away from their bariatric nutrition plans.

First and foremost, remember that food is now fuel for your body, nothing more.

Your job is to get the biggest nutritional buck out of small portions to give yourself energy and optimal health.

Here are some quick refreshers to keep in mind:

Protein is Your Body’s ‘Best Friend’

Protein is the most valuable nutrient in the bariatric diet. Eat these foods first in case you feel full and cannot finish your meal.  T

here are many options to choose: eggs, poultry, meats, fish, low fat cheese and low fat or fat free milk, beans, lentils and soy products.

Build in protein supplement drinks per your bariatric dietitian’s instruction and strive for 60-80 grams daily.

If you’re approaching goal weight, you still don’t need to add useless calories from empty carbohydrates or sugars. These foods can re-trigger bad habits that ‘the old you’ may have battled.

Many people had had a limited intake of fruits and vegetables in their pre-op diet. But now, have at least one fruit or vegetable, or both.

How to Eat at Holiday Dinners, Company Parties, Neighborhood Parties

·         Plan ahead

Eat something before you go, plan what you’ll eat at the event and have plenty of water with you. Create a response when someone hands you a piece of cake (or accept it and discreetly get rid of it). 

·         Check your portion sizes

Buffets can be deceiving. Be particularly careful of portion sizes. If you’re in a restaurant, get a to-go box to pass on your leftovers. Don’t be embarrassed to use a salad plate. From what people tell, me they get more compliments than quizzical looks by doing so.

·         Eat Three Meals Daily No Matter What

The party tonight doesn’t mean you should skip lunch. Eating three meals each day helps to prevent “grazing,” which can add many calories between meals. Most long-term post-op bariatric patients find they need to limit their total caloric intake to less than 1,000 calories per day to maintain their weight-loss.

·         Go Ahead--Play with Your Food

Since most bariatric patients were fast eaters in their previous lives, this can be a difficult behavior to change. Make it into a game—see how disinterested you can be in your food. This small effort can be surprisingly empowering. You are in charge of the food, not the other way around.

·         Chew Well…or Else

Chew foods well to ensure that nothing gets stuck passing through the narrowed outlet from the pouch. Failure to eat small portions can lead to vomiting, which can put a real damper on your social life.

We are all pulled out of our comfort zones now and then, and the holiday season after your weight loss surgery is certainly one of those times. But with some forethought and adopting these tips here, you’ll welcome 2017 feeling stronger and more empowered than ever.

Thinking About Weight Loss Surgery?

If you have tried losing weight through traditional diet and exercise, and have not achieved your goal, or eventually gained the weight back, bariatric surgery may be an obesity treatment option for you.

I offer monthly information seminars at local area hospitals here in central NJ. Register and stop by to learn more. If you'd prefer to have a one-on-one private consultation, just call Melissa or Mary Ellen at (732) 217-3897 and they'll be happy schedule an appointment for you. 

November 2016

By Yamilka Van Ihsem (Gastric Sleeve 11/16) Checks In Two Weeks Since Her Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery

Patient Review Published on BariatricPal.com (11/29/16):

"I am so happy to have met Dr. Adeyeri and his very pleasant office staff. I had a gastric sleeve this November 16 and feel so happy I made this decision.

I went to see other doctors whose name I will omit and no one made me feel at ease about the procedure as Dr. Adeyeri and his office employees did.

The girls that work in his office are amazing!! Dr. Adeyeri is very understanding and caring. I felt that I needed an extra day at the hospital after my surgery and Dr. Adeyeri made sure to approve my stay without any questions asked.

During my follow up appointment, Dr. Adeyeri took took the time to ask me how i felt about the hospital and everyone that took care of me. I never had a doctor asked me about how I was treated during a stay at the hospital.

If you are interested in having a procedure with Dr. Adeyeri I can tell you that you could not be in better hands. 

Thank Dr. Adeyeri you are an awesome doctor!!!"

Sterling Surgicare reply: 

(Thank you so very much for your kind words, Yamilka. They truly mean the world to our entire team here at Sterling Surgicare.

The best is yet to come and we can't wait to watch your transformation! See you soon!)

November 23, 2016


November 2, 2016

Are You Putting Yourself at the Bottom of Your Priority List?

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

We all have an inherent need to help others before we help ourselves, particularly as adults when we take on the roles of spouse, partner or parent.

During your period of weight loss, and eventually weight management, your long-term success will be contingent upon prioritizing your time to take care of the business of weight loss:

·         Shopping for fresh and healthy food

·         Preparing meals

·         Exercising daily

·         Relaxing

·         Planning for the next day

These responsibilities can be challenging when you are so accustomed to helping everybody else before finally seeing to your own needs (if you are not too exhausted to do so). It’s all-too-easy for self-care activities to slide off the to-do list (I’ll start again tomorrow…)

Undertaking the Herculean challenge of losing a large amount of weight and changing unhealthy lifestyle patterns in your life may be the battle of a lifetime for many of you.

And you are worth it.

But to accomplish this goal as quickly and effectively as possible, you have to prioritize “self-care.”

Five ways to prioritize your needs during weight loss

1.    Prepare and enjoy your meal before you cook for the family.

2.    Set-up a kids’ activities car pool to lessen wasted time sitting idly in the car.

3.    Set a daily reminder to take a 15-minute break every day to do something that you enjoy, even if you just sit with your eyes closed.

4.    Feel free to say to detractors, “I have to devote a concerted effort toward my weight loss, which will make me healthier and happier.”

5.    If you are put into a situation where you may eat for the wrong reasons, change plans or politely excuse yourself. (You are in a special situation, you are allowed).

Like getting regular oil changes for your car, prioritizing your own needs is what allows you to run optimally and put your best foot forward toward achieving your weight loss goals.

And you are very much worth it.

About Dr. Adeyeri

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals.

He is the medical director at Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics, Freehold.

Call 732-217-3897 to learn more or make an appointment.

October 17, 2016

Rewarding Yourself with Something Other Than Food 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

Once you start modifying behavior to lose weight, the next step is repetition. Studies have shown that repeated activities will eventually become ‘the norm’ and replace previous behaviors.

This is also true for obesity treatment (which is a chronic disease, not a condition). Simply stated, the positive changes you make will soon become part of your daily life. Yes, it will be challenging early on. But I promise you that making healthy lifestyle changes gets easier as you move forward.  (Remember, no one said this weight loss journey you are on would be easy).

As you meet and accomplish these milestones, such as starting a walking routine and steadily increasing your distance and pace, it’s certainly ok to give yourself a little reward for a job well done, occasionally.

But for too many people, these little “you earned this” rewards are in the form of food.

No more.

Food is not a prize, it only serves to keep you alive

Moving beyond this past behavior requires a new way of thinking; you are charged with finding something better than food to reward yourself.

I’m not going to list bullet points of suggestions. As part of your new (improved) way of thinking, jot down five things you enjoy doing that are not food related. Keep it handly on your phone and print out copies for your desk, the refrigerator—or wherever this list may be relevant to you. 

Edit this list to meet your needs.

Your rewards can be both external (going to a movie) and internal (simply feeling improved self-esteem about achieving a behavioral modification target). It helps you focus even more strongly on the ultimate goal and keep negative thoughts at bay. 

A small gift to yourself for a job well done helps boost your daily quality of life and make it more enjoyable. (It’s the little things in life, as they say). You deserve it because, let’s not forget, you are fighting one of the biggest battles of your life.

Eventually, as your weight decreases and you feel so much better with each passing day, these rewards may become less important because the way you look and feel will be the ultimate prize. 

Is It Your Turn to Finally Lose the Extra Weight?

If you are at the beginning of your quest to lose a significant volume of weight, possibly through the tool of bariatric weight loss surgery, we invite you to attend one of our free "Tell Me More About Weight Loss Surgery" sessions held at Raritan Bay Medical Center and CentraState Medical Center.

If you prefer to schedule a one-on-one consultation with me, please call our friendly team at (732) 217-3897.

October 6, 2016

Mariangela Ogonowski Offers Her Gastric Sleeve Words of Wisdom  

You might be surprised to hear that Mariangela from Belford, NJ weighed only 230 pounds before her weight loss surgery. But at five feet four inches tall, her BMI and weight-related health issues qualified her to undergo bariatric surgery.

“I knew my health problems were serious and it was all because of my weight,” the field representative for a regional newspaper explains. Mariangela was taking multiple medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Equally frustrating, she had difficulty getting up and down the stairs and keeping up with her five grandchildren.

“There was a point in my life that I just stayed at home in my basement, not wanting to go out,” she recalls. “I was always too tired and just didn’t like how I looked.”

Dr. Robert Penney, Mariangela’s OB/GYN, recommended she consult with Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri about a bariatric weight loss solution. After meeting with him and attending his New Patient Seminar at Raritan Bay Medical Center, they mutually agreed the gastric sleeve would be the best bariatric procedure to meet her lifestyle and weight loss goals.

A New Birthday – February 17, 2016

“The day of my surgery was a new beginning for me,” Mariangela says with a smile. “In fact, I decided to call it my new birthday.” Even before her operation, she worked with Dr. Adeyeri and the Sterling bariatric nutritionists to lose 25 pounds and begin to see food in a new light.

“One of the many things I like about Dr. Adeyeri is that he tells you everything that is going to happen beforehand, so there are no surprises,” Mariangela explains. “As a result, I felt prepared for all the phases of the process, which helped calm my nerves and plan ahead.”

From 230 Pounds to 150 Pounds in Seven Months

Mariangela has lost 55 pounds since here surgery for a total weight loss of 80 pounds. She is working toward losing about 20 more pounds to achieve her goal weight. “I can’t begin to tell you the difference this operation has made in my life. My job is very physical, and I’m now able to complete my job about 40 percent faster, now that I can move more easily and not need to rest.”

She also uses an elliptical machine as well as a universal weight machine which are conveniently located in her basement.

“Now that my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal, I’ve pretty much replaced all the prescription medication I used to take with daily vitamins.” (Mariangela still takes medication for her rheumatoid arthritis).

The busy professional, wife, mother and grandmother says having weight loss surgery has given her a new lease on life. “I have so much to live for and now I will be able to enjoy the people I love for a long, long time to come.”

Dr. Adeyeri Weighs In

Mariangela is an outstanding example of someone who does not need to lose 100 or 200 pounds, but is still suitable for weight loss surgery due to her comorbidities,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. People with weight-related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease, can be considered for bariatric surgery if their BMI is 35 or higher.

“She is no longer hindered by carrying the extra weight or the reliance on many medications to manage her medical issues. I have no doubt she will achieve goal weight by the end of this year.”

Do You Have Medical Issues Related to Your Weight?

If your BMI is above 35, a bariatric weight loss solution may help lessen or even alleviate many chronic diseases. To learn more, call Sterling Surgicare at (732) 217-3897 or attend one of Dr. Adeyeri’s free Information Seminars held each month at a hospital near you.

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals. He is the medical director of Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Raritan Bay Medical Center; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics, Freehold.

September 29, 2016

Between March and September 2016, Heather Completely Transforms Her Appearance--and Her Health 

Heather Kalist shows how you can change your life, your health and the way you look, in just six months.

Since her gastric sleeve bariatric surgery in March (yes, this year), she has lost more than 70 pounds.

Surely, she has some little-known secret to transform her appearance so quickly.

"It's pretty simple and only requires some common sense. If you just stick to the protocol, and make it a priority every day, you will see great results," Heather says.

"I'm in this to reach my goal, and nothing is going to stop me."

Read More Sterling Surgicare Success Stories  

The Sleeve Gastrectomy (also called the gastric sleeve or "the sleeve') is a less invasive weight loss surgery because it does not re-route the bowel or involve reconnecting of the intestines, like gastric bypass.

Patients can lose up to 70 percent of excess body weight a year after surgery.

Proven more effective (patients lose more weight at a faster rate) than the gastric band, the sleeve gastrectomy weight loss surgery is also well suited for patients who do not want be committed to life-long office visits required for gastric banding adjustments.

If you're ready to learn more about weight loss surgery in central New Jersey

First and foremost, determine your body mass index (BMI). Next, meet Dr. Adeyeri and his bariatric team, with offices in Holmdel and Old Bridge, of dietitians and clinicians at one of his upcoming New Patient Seminars for people interested in learning more about bariatric surgery and what it entails.

Also feel free to call our friendly and welcoming team (our office manager Melissa is a bariatric star in her own right!) at (732) 217-3897 and make an appointment to come in and talk with Dr. Adeyeri about your weight loss challenges and goals.

You can also email us at info@sterlingsurgicare.com.

If you are seeking a top-tier bariatric and general surgical practice with a more personalized approach to successful, long-term weight loss, you've found it.

Welcome to Sterling Surgicare. We look forward to getting to know you and watching YOUR transformation!

September 19, 2016 

Raritan Bay Medical Center Nurse Gets Healthy Again after losing 140 pounds 

My esteemed colleague and patient, Dennis Bruno, RN, has lost 140 pounds since having gastric bypass in October 2015.

ObesityHelp.com will be profiling his success story in an upcoming issue.

This success could not happen to a better person.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy (also called the gastric sleeve or "the sleeve') is a less invasive weight loss surgery because it does not re-route the bowel or involve reconnecting of the intestines, like gastric bypass.

Patients can lose up to 70 percent of excess body weight a year after surgery.

Proven more effective (patients lose more weight at a faster rate) than the gastric band, the sleeve gastrectomy weight loss surgery is also well suited for patients who do not want be committed to life-long office visits required for gastric banding adjustments. 

September 14, 2016 

The Snacking Situation

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS

Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

A topic that frequently comes up in our bariatric support group discussions is snacking.

The simple fact is that snacking contributes to consuming too many calories in the course of your day. It’s rarely a good idea.

Grazing, nibbling, noshing, mindless eating ─whatever you call it ─can quickly lead to reduced weight loss volume and eventually contribute to weight gain.

In other words, the short-term benefits of snacking just aren’t worth the cost.

Head hunger versus belly hunger

What can you do to avoid needless snacking?

For some, we snack because we truly feel hungry. But often, the hunger you feel may be in your head, not in your belly. Head hunger is when you eat out of habit: “It’s 3 p.m., so I need a snack now…,” or due to emotions (stress, anger, boredom, depression, etc.).

Genuine physical hunger, or belly hunger, is when your stomach is empty and your body is telling you it needs to be refueled to keep functionally optimally. It is important to recognize the difference and not let head hunger take over. Head hunger can hit at any time, regardless of when you last ate, but belly hunger usually starts a few hours after a protein based meal.

If you’re struggling with head hunger

·         Save money and calories – don’t buy snacks for you or anyone else in your household.

·         Stay well hydrated. Drink at least 48 ounces of calorie-free fluids daily. 

·         Keep busy – boredom can be a snacking trigger.

·         Write down 10 things you can do if you have a snack attack, such as:

o   Walk a dog

o   Devote an hour or two to helping someone

o   Meditate

o   Grab a camera and take some nature shots to share on Instagram

o   Call or visit a friend

o   Go out to see a movie

o   Visit a bookstore or the library

o   Brush your teeth

o   Enjoy a haircut, professional shave or manicure

o   Clean up the house and do a load of laundry

o   Set a budget and buy a new piece of clothing or jewelry

o   Buy a fresh selection of fruits and vegetables

If you must snack…

If you are truly hungry, have a snack, but keep it to one food and no more than 100 calories such as 100-calorie packs of almonds, a few slices of deli turkey with mustard, 100-calorie Greek yogurt, low-fat string cheese or a small piece of fruit.

If you are still struggling, call our Sterling Surgicare team and we’ll help keep you on the right path. Remember, you are not on this journey alone.

If you have questions or need support, reach out. We’re always here to help by calling (732) 217-3897.

September 2, 2016 

Alexis Makes Dr. Adeyeri's Labor Day Weekend "Perfect" with Her Facebook Post 

As we head into the holiday weekend, Dr. Adeyeri remarked, "The reason 'I labor' as a bariatric surgeon was made clear to me when I saw this message on my Facebook timeline this morning..."

"Dear Dr. Adeyeri,

Thank you for giving me my life back.

I'm able to do things now I wasn't able to do 57lbs ago....

  • I don't need any painkillers just to be able to walk anymore (most days)
  • I don't need food to make myself feel good anymore.❤️
  • The fact I can get up, go to the gym and walk and do my water training makes me feel good In a way that food never gave me and never would've ❤️ 

I appreciate all that you did for me and I'm honored to have had you as my bariatric surgeon <3"

Alexis underwent gastric bypass weight loss surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center in July 2016. We will keep you updated on her continued progress this fall.


August 26, 2016

Changing from the lap-band to gastric bypass  

Maribel Davis – On her way to losing half of her original weight

Maribel, the mother of four children from East Brunswick, NJ, her hands full, to say the least. But carrying too much weight was impeding her ability to enjoy day-to-day life.

“It’s the little things, like not being able to use a regular seat belt or go on amusement park rides with my kids,” Maribel explains.

After her weight exceeded 400 pounds, she independently lost 100 pounds on her own. To continue her momentum, she had the lap-band inserted in 2014.

When she first met with bariatric surgeon Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, recommended to her by a family friend, the lap-band was causing severe acid reflux (GERD), and Maribel was on the verge of Barrett’s syndrome.

In addition, she had regained 50 pounds of her original 100-pound weight loss, even with the lap-band still in place.

Rather than give up, she attended one of Sterling Surgicare’s bi-monthly New Patient Seminars held at Raritan Bay Medical Center, where Dr. Adeyeri discusses each of the different bariatric procedures and answers participants’ questions.

“The lap-band isn’t always successful for some patients,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. “I have treated several patients who have not given up on achieving significant weight loss--but know the lap-band isn’t providing the weight loss results they need.”

Starting anew – removing the lap-band

Dr. Adeyeri removed Maribel’s lap-band in the fall of 2015. After months of recovery, she was medically cleared to have gastric bypass in January 2016, weighing 339 pounds at the time of surgery.

A family history of weight issues

Maribel wasn’t alone in her obesity battle. Her sister and both of her parents (who were battling type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure due to their weight) also had weight loss surgery, but she was the first inspiration. (Dr. Adeyeri also performed gastric bypass on her father and mother).

Eighty pounds gone—and counting

Since her gastric bypass, her weight is down to 260 pounds and her motivation to keep losing is stronger than ever. “I often go to my favorite gym, Max Fitness, in the morning and again at night,” Maribel says. “Working out gives me much more energy than caffeine, carbs or sugar ever did.”

The 33-year-old has her sights set on getting her weight under 200 pounds, but her life is already changing dramatically.  “I have big plans for the rest of my life, now that I have the stamina and the appearance that I want to achieve. I am considering a career as a nurse or I may get my real estate license,” she says with a smile.

But she also gains strength from sharing her weight loss battle with others and is increasingly interested in a role as a motivation speaker to others who are battling weight issues.


Maribel is chronicling her post-op progress on her Facebook page, “Get Down with Mari – Weight Loss Journey, where she has a following of nearly 1,500 readers.


But, for the moment, she is reveling in a whole new world of fashion that is hers for the buying. “One of the best things about losing 163 pounds is that I can finally shop in regular department stores, since my clothing size has gone from a 5X down to a 2X,” Maribel explains. “I have so many more options available to me now.”

No one is ever “too heavy” to lose weight

Dr. Adeyeri says he sees Maribel as an outstanding success story in the making. “Like many people battling metabolic syndrome (obesity), it runs in Maribel’s family. But, as a team, this family banded together and decided to fight back.”

Dr. Adeyeri says that the family has collectively added years to their lives, due to the alleviation of many weight-related medical conditions.

Is it Your Turn to Win the War Against Weight?

Congratulations! The Sterling Surgicare team would be honored to partner with you for this life-changing journey. Start by calling us at (732) 217-3897 to talk with Melissa, our office manager and a bariatric sucuess story herself!
Dr. Adeyeri also hosts monthly Informational Seminars for people and their loved ones interested in learning more about the the most popular bariatric procedures.


August 16, 2016

Your Mind is the #1 Tool for Bariatric Weight Loss Success

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS 

When new clients come to Sterling Surgicare here in Holmdel, one of the first things we discuss how unimportant the operation will be for them. Once they recover from the shock of that news, we explain that their mindset contributed to their weight problem, and their mindset will be the secret weapon to ultimately get the weight off.

Here’s the thing--we don't operate on your brain. Bariatric surgery will only take you so far. Long-term weight-loss success requires a firm commitment to living a healthy lifestyle—eating the right foods--and ignoring the others that made you feel bloated and too tired to do anything.  You need to stay very well hydrated and discover an exercise (or two or three) that you perform about 4-5 times a week for about 30-40 minutes.

Take this stress and…

Then there’s the stress of everyday life—we all have it. The trick is to find ways to offset these unavoidable pressure points, so that you aren’t on a one-way road to the kitchen. Food is not the answer to your problems, it never was.

While you are improving your health, feed your brain with positive feelings by improving the quality of your life. Once the weight starts to come off, get social. Join a gym, see a movie with a friend you’ve lost touch with, invite the parents of your child's best friend over for coffee. 

Give a little, get a lot

One of the activities I recommend to every bariatric patient is to give back to their community. Want to feel better than any junk food could make you feel? Volunteer. If you look around, you’ll see that you are far more fortunate than you may realize. Help out, make life better for someone else, even in a small way. Give your time, give your heart.

 We are here to help you

If you think you can’t go it alone, reach out and get support from a mental health provider who specializes in helping people with food issues. Ask any of the Sterling team for recommendations and we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

You are never in this battle alone, always remember that.


August 8, 2016 

Emily Shares a Six-Month Update Since Her Weight Loss Surgery

(Dr. Adeyeri and the Sterling team loves to stay in touch with patients between check-ups, which is why the doctor is a true Facebook aficionado. He shared this recent post on his timeline):

Emily had weight loss surgery in March of this year.

She shared this post recently:

"So today I had my 6-month post-op appointment and I am sooooo happy!

I'm down 71 pounds, have lost 40% of my body fat and I'm not even close to being done with this journey yet!

Hard work pays off people!!!!!!

With that said, let me make one thing perfectly clear:

People may think bariatric surgery is an "easy way out," but in reality, it's far-and-away the hardest thing I've ever done in my life..

I also seriously have The Best Doctor and his staff is AMAZING! ‪


August 2, 2016

 Dr. Adeyeri's Article Featured in the Asbury Park Press

"Obesity Can Affect Men and Women's Fertility" 

(Reprinted from the 'Healthy Living' section published on August 2, 2016) 

I am a specialist in obesity medicine but often receive patient referrals from colleagues who are OB/GYN physicians. Many are surprised to learn that obesity is one of the most prevalent causes of infertility in both sexes.

Sub-fertility or infertility are silent problems that overweight/obese people are increasing forced to face. In fact, infertility now affects one in seven couples actively trying to achieve a pregnancy.

A male’s weight problem can play an equal factor in preventing conception; for starters, obese men may see a decrease in their sperm production due to hormone irregularities.

Excess fat around the genitals inhibits testosterone levels and then converts testosterone to estrogen. This layer of fat can also cause the testicles to become heated, further reducing the overall sperm count.

Multiple studies confirmed over the years that men with higher body mass indexes (BMI) had an increased risk of infertility and lower testosterone levels than men who maintained a healthy weight.

To read the full article, click here


July 8, 2016

Roni checks in 75 pounds lighter since her gastric sleeve bariatric surgery 

We are always excited when we have a weight loss surgery success story to share!

This week, we'd like to focus on Roni Fredericks from Monmouth County, NJ, who had the gastric sleeve performed by Dr. Adeyeri at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge last year.

Now 75 pounds lighter (and many clothing sizes smaller), Roni shared this update today describing how her life has changed:

"My clothing size is now a small/ size 6, which I love.

I can find dresses that fit me properly, now that my bust size went from a 40DDD to a 36DD.

I feel healthier and have so much more energy and confidence.

I work out now and look forward to waking up every day." 

June 23, 2016

NJ State Police employee says goodbye to high blood pressure, sleep apnea and borderline diabetes 

Marion Crawford was thin as a young man. It wasn’t until he left the military that he started gaining weight. Over time, Crawford, now 59, ballooned to 454 pounds.

In September 2014, the Fords resident who works for the New Jersey State Police in security, decided to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy.

Since then, he’s lost 150 pounds and is living “the full life that I've always wanted.”

Dancing and Playing with Grandchildren

“I can dance again,” Marion explains. “I have 11 grandkids--I can play with them. I can walk upstairs without huffing and puffing. It’s a tremendous difference in my day-to-day life.” Crawford’s weight is now under 290 pounds and achieving his ultimate weight goal is just around the corner--no longer just a pipe dream.

Before Dr. Adeyeri and Sterling Surgicare was recommended to him, he sought treatment with another bariatric surgeon but the relationship was not a fit. Weighing over 400 pounds at the time, he didn't have time to waste.   

He heard about Dr. Adeyeri from his fiancé’s coworker who had undergone the sleeve and achieved great results. Crawford researched the most common bariatric procedures and decided a gastric bypass wasn’t for him as it required too much stomach rerouting. 

The sleeve gastrectomy was a newer operation and sounded promising for both his lifestyle and weight loss goals. Dr. Adeyeri agreed after studying his medical history and meeting with him for a private consultation.

Pre-Surgery: Serious Weight-Related Medical Conditions 

Prior to his weight loss surgery, Marion suffered from high blood pressure, sleep apnea and was a borderline diabetic. 

Since his surgery and 150+ pound weight loss, his chronic medical issues are resolved:

His blood pressure is “perfect.” 
Marion’s blood sugar is normal.
His sleep apnea is resolved; he no longer requires a sleep apnea machine. 

Read Dr. Adeyeri’s article in the Asbury Park Press about how to prepare and recover from surgery

Walking for Weight Control, Stress Relief and Optimal Energy 

Crawford takes blood thinners, so his needs to be cautious with his exercise regimen. But with his doctor’s ok, he exercises by walking a great deal. He walks for a half hour in the morning before leaving for his job in Newark. While at work, Marion manages to walk around his building four times daily. Finally, after dinner, he walks for 20 minutes. 

“Dr. Adeyeri Saved My Life”

When it comes to Dr. Adeyeri, Crawford doesn’t mince words: “He saved my life.”  Crawford says Dr. Adeyeri is down-to-earth, upfront, and explains the entire surgical process in detail. “I can’t thank him enough. He changed my life and my family’s life. I just feel great.” 

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals. He is the medical director of Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Raritan Bay Medical Center; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics, Freehold. Call 732-217-3897 to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Adeyeri.

June 22, 2016 

Marissa Suarez Checks in Three Years After Gastric Sleeve at Sterling Surgicare

 By Melissa Reddy, Office Manager

From the beginning, we tell our new bariatric surgery patients that they better like us... because we're going to be together down the weight loss road for a long time!

Before and after your operation, you'll have office visits with us at our offices in Holmdel or Old Bridge for check-ups with our medical director, Dr. Adeyeri, or to see Lori Skurbe, our bariatric dietitian. 

Learn more about the Sterling Surgicare Bariatric Surgery Roadmap here

But eventually, you'll only need to come in once or twice a year, depending upon your medical history and weight loss progress.

It's so great for us to hear from patients who had gastric bypass, the sleeve or a revision surgery in 2013, 2011, 2009... and see how great they are doing!

Recently Marissa Suarez, who has the sleeve gastrectomy in 2013, posted on Dr. Adeyeri's Facebook timeline with her update.

She kindly gave us permission to share it below:


"Today marks my 3 year "surgiversary" for my gastric sleeve.

Despite the ups and downs and the negative things people say about how I should have done it "naturally," it was still one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.

The support I've had these past 3 years from my friends and family, and from Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and his team at ‪Sterling Surgicare has been utterly amazing.

Thank you all so much for everything."


Learn More About Bariatric Surgery and Meet Dr. Adeyeri

If you have tried traditional weight loss efforts and did not achieve your desired goals, you are battling weight-related health issues (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic joint pain or sleep apnea), or have a BMI over 35, we invite you to attend Dr. Adeyeri's next "Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for Me?" session to learn more. 

Schedule a Private Consultation at Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel or Old Bridge, NJ

If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with the doctor, or wish to confirm your medical insurance coverage for bariatric surgery, call us at 732-217-3897 and we'll be happy to help you.

Wishing you a happy and healthy day,


Gastric Sleeve 2012

June 10, 2016


Dee Ramos-Canela Says It's Not About the Number on the Scale, It's About Being Healthy

Dee, from Perth Amboy in Middlesex County, recently shared this image of her on Facebook and kindly gave us permission to share it.

What a difference a year can make in terms of appearance and overall health.

To see Dee today, she is nearly unrecognizable.

Here's what she said when we asked her to recap her bariatric experience:

"I'm so happy it's almost unbearable.

Don't get me wrong--some days will be hard, but stay focused no matter what.

You need to take care of yourself first.

Being healthy is everything." 

Learn more about weight loss surgery by attending Dr. Adyeri's next New Patient Seminar. 

June 3, 2016


Dr. Adeyeri's RNY Gastric Bypass Article Featured in ObesityHelp.com 

"12 Things You Should Know About RNY Gastric Bypass"

Sterling Surgicare medical director, Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, is writing a 3-part series about RNY gastric bypass for ObesityHelp.com, one of the nation's most highly regarded sources for bariatric surgery education, support and resources.


"Once you decide to pursue a bariatric weight loss solution, whether it is the RNY Gastric Bypass or any other surgical procedure, you will have an important conversation with your surgeon about which procedure will ultimately help you lose the most weight as safely as possible.

This will be determined by examining a list of parameters that includes your current weight, overall health, current medical conditions, your age and your post-op lifestyle after the operation.

Hear directly from people who have undergone gastric bypass performed by Dr. Adeyeri

With the RNY Gastric Bypass, the most common gastric bypass surgery, a small part of the 

existing stomach is used to create a new stomach pouch, which becomes about the size of a golf ball, which is nearly 90 percent smaller than the original stomach.

This new, smaller stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine (jejunum), bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum).

Rerouting the food stream in this manner produces changes in gut hormones that promote satiety (feeling full), suppresses hunger, and reverses one of the primary mechanisms which promotes the onset of type 2 diabetes."

Read the full article here on ObesityHelp.com




May 20, 2016

Nineteen-year-old Ashley enters her 20’s 100 pounds lighter

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, Medical Director

Ashley, a medical biller from Marlboro, didn’t grow up heavy but starting in her teens, added weight to her petite 4’11” frame every year.

She tried all the traditional diet and exercise programs, but they didn’t come close to helping her lose the volume of weight she wanted to lose. 

“My friend also had a weight issue so we banded together to do a ton of research about the differences between the three most common bariatric procedures,” Ashley explains. “Gastric bypass offered the highest success rate not only in overall weight loss, but in helping to keep the weight off for the long-term.”

Ashley performed thorough due diligence in choosing the right bariatric program to meet her needs and expectations.

After meeting with a number of doctors, she chose our team here at Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel.

During our consultations, I agreed with Ashley that gastric bypass would be the right operation for her. I performed her surgery in July 2015, when she was 19-years-old. 

Ashley reaches her goal weight in just nine months

By April 2016, Ashley had lost 100 pounds; today she weighs about 117 pounds.


“I go to the gym almost daily where I work-out on the treadmill for about 30 minutes and then do weight training,” Ashley says. “It’s something I actually look forward to—and that’s a statement I would never have made a year ago.”


She said she loves buying clothes again and no longer feels like people are looking at her as if she’s ‘too big’ to be shopping in a ‘regular-size’ store. Today, Ashley wears a size 3 and extra-small, versus the size 18 and 2X which she wore before surgery. 

I truly admire Ashley’s motivation and determination at such a young age. She wisely chose not to keep trying different diets that were just not working for her. After successfully transforming her weight and lifestyle, this young woman who is just starting out in life, can enjoy her 20’s to the fullest, no longer held back by obesity.

Are you ready to learn more about weight loss surgery? 

Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

You are also invited to attend his New Patient Seminars held monthly at Raritan Bay in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

 May 17, 2016

Asbury Park Press

"No hospital stay required for many GI surgeries"

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri

Having an operation today, versus just a decade ago, is virtually incomparable. The technology, combined with what we know now about the human body, means that many operations are safely and successfully performed without the need for hospitalization.

Even complex procedures are considered “day surgeries” where you have the operation in the morning and are home by dinnertime, or sometimes lunchtime, in some cases.

We can thank minimally invasive laparoscopic technology for helping to keep many surgical patients out of the hospital.

What does “laparoscopic” and “minimally invasive” mean?

Laparoscopic surgery is performed using very small instruments that are inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs or perform a surgical procedure. These devices are tiny and so, in turn, are the size of the incisions.

Robotic surgery empowers a specially-trained surgeon to perform intricate operations by manually manipulating a robotic arm, which assists the doctor by providing improved precision, flexibility and control, compared to a human hand and arm.

Read the full article in the Asbury Park Press here:



May 6, 2016

Five Things You Should Know About Roux-en-Y (RNY) Gastric Bypass

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, Medical Director

Weight loss surgery starts the process of a long-term lifestyle change. It opens the door to improved health, appearance and longevity.

With gastric bypass, a small part of the existing stomach is used to create a new stomach pouch, which becomes about the size of a golf ball and is nearly 90 percent smaller than the original stomach.
Rerouting the food stream this way produces changes in gut hormones that promote satiety (feeling full), suppresses hunger, and reverses one of the primary mechanisms which promotes the onset of type 2 diabetes.

I’ve performed hundreds of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operations and would like to share a few key facts about this procedure:

1. RNY is a more complicated surgical procedure but offers the greatest degree of weight loss

 No lifelong adjustments are needed, as with the adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band) and many patients also report a decrease in the frequency and intensity of cravings for foods high in sugar and fat. Patients also generally experience very few post-op complications.

2. Joining a bariatric support group will reduce stress. 

Meet, talk with and listen to other people engaged in the bariatric journey. Take notes and ask questions before and after your operation. Offer advice and support to new people who come after you in the process. 

3. You can gain weight if you don’t follow the RNY post-op protocol.

Gastric bypass surgery is not a miracle operation; if you abuse your “new stomach" by not following the nutrition plan, taking vitamins, drinking water or moving your body regularly, your surgery could be in jeopardy of failure. (This is true for all bariatric operations).

4. Your bathroom habits will change.

About 85 percent of patients who undergo RNY surgery will experience some form of diarrhea (dumping syndrome) after surgery. It's usually the result of eating poor food choices (refined sugars, fried foods, certain fats or dairy). Following your prescribed nutrition plan to the letter will help to avoid this unpleasantry.

5. Watch for signs of post-op depression.

As with any surgery, the mind, body and spirit can be impacted after gastric bypass. Patients and loved ones should be keenly aware of depression symptoms: lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, social isolation, sleeping too much or too little, no motivation to get up and out, feeling hopeless. Depression is a disease for which there is treatment. Contact your family physician or bariatric surgeon for support and guidance, if needed.

A life-changer: RNY gastric bypass

Most people say that if they could go back in time, they'd choose to have WLS again. Patients reported they feel better, have more energy, are more physically active and take fewer medications.
But it’s not a 
miracle surgery—participants have to follow the nutrition plan, stay hydrated and exercise regularly.

Will there be occasional roadblocks after gastric bypass? 


But they are only temporary bumps on a long and fruitful journey to a healthy and happy life.  

 Ready to Learn More About Having Weight Loss Surgery Here in Central New Jersey?

Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

You are also invited to attend his New Patient Seminars held monthly at Raritan Bay in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.


April 27, 2016


Medical Professional Defeats Fatty Liver Disease and Pancreatitis with RNY Gastric Bypass

Carolyn Nelson-Oehl shared her bariatric weight loss surgery

experience with Sterling Surgicare on Facebook last week:

"Just a year ago, I was admitted to the hospital for pancreatitis.

Little did I know that it would change my life.

They found out while I was hospitalized that I also had an enlarged fatty liver (due to being overweight).

Then I had enough and made an appointment to see board certified bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri.

Thanks to this wonderful doctor and his staff (especially the office manager, Melissa), my RNY gastric bypass (10/14/2015) was a huge success

In just six months, I have already lost 100 pounds!

Get ready--I can't believe I'm saying this-- but I am only 25 pounds away from my FINAL GOAL WEIGHT!

You all have literally given me my life back!"

(Carolyn's RNY gastric bypass was performed at the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge, NJ, where Dr. Adeyeri serves as medical director).

April 15, 2016


Motivated central New Jersey husband and wife team up to lose 170 pounds

Busy parents Lisa and Nick Ciccarone from Ocean County love life and celebrating with friends and family whenever they can.
But they were both frustrated by carrying extra weight that began to take its toll on their health.

Nick was taking medications for hypertension and type 2 diabetes, two common chronic diseases that often affect overweight people, and Lisa was dealing with lymphedema, chronic swelling of the lower extremities, also often exacerbated by weight issues.
They heard about Dr. Adeyeri through the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, where he serves as medical director.

The couple attended one if his New Patient Seminars to learn more and make a determination as to which weight loss surgery operation might be best for each of them.

After undergoing medical and lab testing, they were both cleared to have gastric bypass—which they underwent one month apart from each other so one could help the other recover and also help to maintain their family’s regular routine. Nick has his operation in September and Lisa had hers in October 2014.

April 2016 Update:

This determined couple has dropped a whopping 170 pounds—Lisa has lost 110 pounds and Nick has dropped 60 pounds.

“Looking back on the whole experience, we both agreed that we have no regrets,” Lisa says. “Others have said it before us and it’s 100% true—we only wish we would have taken this step SOONER!”

And losing the weight, being more active and energetic is only the beginning… 

Nick is no longer taking any of the medications he formerly needed to control his hypertension and his diabetes.

 Lisa says the severity of her lymphedema has also lessened significantly.

 If you’d like to learn more about having bariatric weigh loss surgery here in central New Jersey, call Dr. Adeyeri at (732) 217-3897 to learn more.

April 5, 2016

Hit the ‘Refresh’ Button on Your Bariatric Nutrition and Fitness Program

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

When you do anything day-in and day-out, it can sometimes feel a little stagnant.

So as we welcome a bright new season, and the days are lighter earlier and later, it’s a perfect time to freshen up your nutrition and work-out regime.

Some examples: If you’ve been using the elliptical or stair climber at the gym all winter, head over to Holmdel Park and enjoy a brisk hike instead.

Thinking too much about food lately? After dinner, take a brisk walk around the block with your partner or friend and talk about your day (electronics free). Doing so will get your mind off food but feed your soul. 

Of course, any diet flexibility will be determined by your current protocol set by your bariatric dietitian. If you are nearing or engaged in the maintenance phase of your program, you will obviously have more flexibility in what you can change in your meal plan. 

Here are some of my favorite tips to help seasonally refresh your personal lifestyle strategy--just in time for spring 2016.

Seek out fresh “real” food

“Clean eating” tastes better than boxed food any day. Keep an eye out for the re-opening of your local New Jersey farmers’ markets and stock up. I’m also seeing more freestanding produce stores opening around town (could it be there is truly an uptick in demand?)

They often have great prices on your favorite fruits and vegetables so stock up and freeze what you can’t use right away.

Change up your exercise routine

If you belong to a fitness center with a pool, dive in for a change instead of taking your usual class. Walk along the beach in lieu of your same old neighborhood route.

Many of our bariatric stars have developed a love of outdoor biking. Start slowly and enjoy the scenery. Surprise yourself—you may not think you are an ‘exercise class’ person but many of our patients—yes men too—are having a ball doing Zumba.

Get cooking 

Freshen up your regular meal repertoire, even if it’s just a new side dish or a different take on chicken. Try roasting apples, plums or pears for a warm but sweet dessert option. Find a blog or cookbook that offers tasty but good-for-you recipes that you, your family and guests can also enjoy. 

Try something new

One of the great benefits of living here in central New Jersey is that you can be in the city, the country, the mountains or the ocean in a matter of minutes. 

Have you been meaning to try painting or see a live performance every now and then? Stop at that park you’ve been driving by for years. Perhaps you’ll discover a new fitness path. Give your mind something new to see and smell. Breathe in the fresh air of a new destination for a change of pace.

Nurture your mental and physical health

The start of a new season is the perfect opportunity to renew, refresh and reinvigorate your mind, body and soul.

By being mentally and physically healthy, you’ll be in top form to enjoy many bright days ahead.

March 28, 2016

Heather Reed Tells It Like It Is Five Months Post-Gastric Bypass  

Via Facebook on March 25, 2016:  

"Here I am 21 weeks post gastric bypass surgery:

I've lost 69 lbs (40 more to go).

My clothing size has dropped from a 22/24 to a 12/14.

Since Dr. Adeyeri performed my operation, I've not had a single complication--zero down time for me.

Let me be straight--this was the BEST decision I have ever made!

Thank you, Dr. Adeyeri!!!"

March 18, 2016

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri Appointed Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS) 

HOLMDEL, NJ –  Board-certified bariatric, laparoscopic and general surgeon Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri has been appointed as a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS).

This national designation recognizes quality-conscious, highly-experiencedsurgeons who voluntarily track, measure and monitor patients’ short-and long-term bariatric surgical outcomes. 

“When combatting metabolic syndrome (obesity), the success of the bariatric procedure is seen down the road after the operation,” Dr. Adeyeri says.

“It is imperative that we document bariatric patients’ weight loss progress in order to assess their overall success in terms of lessening obesity-related diseases and achieving significant weight reduction.”

Dr. Adeyeri completed his general surgery residency at Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center where he was appointed chief resident.

At the University of Rochester, he completed post-doctoral training in minimally invasive and general surgery, specializing in bariatric procedures including the gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and revisional surgery.

Practicing in central New Jersey, Dr. Adeyeri serves as medical director at Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel; medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge; and co-medical director of Central Jersey Bariatrics in Freehold. He is also on staff at Bayshore Community Hospital and CentraState Medical Center.

Dr. Adeyeri can be reached at Sterling Surgicare by calling (732) 217-3897 or SterlingSurgicare.com.

March 15, 2016

Dr. Adeyeri's Article on Dental Health Featured in the Asbury Park Press

"Obesity Can Take a Serious Toll on Your Teeth"

I’ve been treating people with serious weight issues for more than a decade. Many of these patients are also dealing with weight-related health issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes.

But many very overweight people are also battling another health issue – chronic dental problems.

Obese people often have higher tooth decay levels, more premature tooth loss, chronic bad breath and periodontal (gum) disease. They are also less likely to visit a dentist regularly and often do so only when they have a problem so advanced it is causing severe pain.

Among obese Americans ages 18 to 34, gum disease was 76 percent more common than for normal weight individuals in that age group.

Read the full article here

March 8, 2016

Sayreville father of three young children loses 225 pounds and changes his life

Harvey Jones has a good life: He’s married to an accomplished nurse with whom he has three children, ages six, seven and nine. As a stay-at-home father, his parenting job is sometimes 24/7 due to his wife’s hectic work schedule.

The only thing holding him back was his weight—407 pounds of it, to be exact. 

As a result, Harvey took daily medication to manage his high blood pressure and was increasingly debilitated by chronic knee pain. “Except when the kids are in school, I’m on my feet taking care of them,” Harvey says. “But when you are carryi

ng an extra 200 pounds, it’s really hard to manage everything.”

In the spring of 2014, at the recommendation of his wife Ursula, he attended Dr. Adeyeri’s New Patient Seminar at the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge to learn more about the different types of bariatric procedures and which might be right for him.

Making a life-changing decision

The more Harvey thought about a surgical weight loss solution, the more excited he became. 

With his wife’s full support, he proceeded with pre-surgical testing in order to gain medical clearance to have weight loss surgery.

In July 2014 at age 50, Harvey underwent gastric bypass surgery. After spending a few days in the hospital, he headed home to begin changing his life. “To this day, I’ve never experienced a single complication since my operation,” Harvey notes. “I was concerned that my higher BMI might cause problems, but this was not the case.” 

Once he was home, the real work began. “I’ll be honest, I just did what Dr. Adeyeri and the bariatric dietitian told me to do,” Harvey explains. “I really felt that God was leading me to do this and I knew he was with me at every step of my journey.” He also credits his wife for supporting him and helping him to improve his entire lifestyle.

Harvey’s clothing size plummets from size 62 to “the regular size department”

Today, less than two years later, Harvey has lost an impressive 225 pounds and weighs about 180 pounds. His pant size has decreased from size 62 to size 38. 

“From the very beginning, I used the same small bowl to eat all my meals,” he explains. “Even today, I rely on that little bowl to keep me on track.”

Whereas before bariatric surgery Harvey couldn’t physically do much with his kids, today he enjoys biking, a game of football and just wrestling in the family room. “When I weighed 400 pounds, it took a lot for me just to climb the stairs. That’s just no way to live.” 

Harvey says that in the scope of his life, committing to losing 225 pounds was the best decision he ever made. “There is no question I am going to live years—maybe even decades—longer now that I am healthy. God has truly blessed me with so much to live for.”

Do you want to learn more about weight loss surgery?

Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, who also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center. You are also invited to attend his New Patient Seminars held monthly at Raritan Bay in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold.

February 25, 2016 

Dr. Adeyeri's Patient Rute Featured on the Cover of Meridian Health magazine!

Once you change your life after weight loss surgery, you never know what can happen.

You may just wind up on the cover of a magazine!

Rute underwent bariatric surgery in August 2015 and eventually dropped nearly 170 pounds.

Petite at five foot and three inches, she was carrying nearly 300 pounds and jeopardizing her health, regardless of her youth.

Dr. Adeyeri believes that spending more time talking with patients to determine which procedure suits them best helps ensure an optimal outcome.

“I believe in putting the patient first,” says Dr. Adeyeri. “When I sit down with a patient, we
review their medical history, overall health,
and lifestyle.”

Today, Rute's clothing size has also reduced from size 22 to size 6 and her life and health is forever changed.


February 19, 2016

Like mother, like daughter: Carmen Sandoval's 150 pound weight loss inspires her daughter to follow in Mom's footsteps

In January 2015, Carmen (left) was tired of fighting the weight loss/weight gain cycle and elected to undergo the sleeve gastrectomy to rid herself of the extra 150 pounds she was carrying.    

What a difference in just one year

A little over a year later, on Valentine's Day 2016, she shared this wonderful 'before and after' image with this caption on Dr. Adeyeri's Facebook timeline:

"Hi Dr. Adeyeri, here's a picture of me before surgery. Look at me now--this morning I weighed in at 146 pounds. I have reached goal weight!"

Carmen chose to chronicle her weight loss journey on Facebook, as a testimony to herself and to help keep her weight loss on track.

Month by month, the scale went down--right along with her clothing sizes.

All in the family

A few months after surgery in March 2015, Carmen's daughter saw her mother's success and decided to make a change as well.

She, too, went on to have "the sleeve" and has lost 160 pounds to date: 

Recently, Carmen shared this heartfelt message,"Dear Dr. Adeyeri, You saved my daughter's life. God bless you."

Metabolic disease (obesity) is a disease 

Obesity often runs in families. But it just takes one affected person to stand up and say, "The disease of obesity stops with me."

In the case of the Sandoval family, it was Carmen who first drew a line in the sand and said, "no more."

Today, she and her daughter have lost more than 300 pounds between them, in addition to extending their life spans and helping to offset weight-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic joint pain and sleep apnea. 

It just takes the determination of one family member to take action. The potential snowball effect can be life-changing for the whole family.

Are you ready to lose the weight once and for all? 

Call Sterling Surgicare at 732-217-3897 for a one-on-one consultation with our medical director, Dr. Adeyeri, who also serves as the medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

February 16, 2016

Simple Ways to Fire Up Your Metabolism at Any Age

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, Bariatric Surgeon

(Dr. Adeyeri's article below was originally published on BariatricPal.com, a global resource for objective information related to pre-and post-op bariatric surgery. He serves as a frequent contributor to the publication.)

Whether you’re young in age or young-at-heart, there are a few key steps you can take to keep your metabolism motor humming so you are blasting away calories at the highest rate possible.

As you age, your metabolism slows down. Older people also tend to have less muscle mass than younger people, which also reduces metabolic rate.

This is why we encourage older patients to add light weight-bearing exercise to their fitness routines.

So how do you keep that furnace burning in order to burn calories, even if you’re already achieved your goal weight?

There are many great tools to accomplish this task.

I’ve outlined my favorites below: 


This weapon is key to maintaining and increasing metabolism.

Seniors, take note−The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends  people 65 and older get 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and perform weight-bearing exercises on all the body’s major muscle groups at least twice a week.

At any age, indoctrinate a 30-minute daily work-out, just like brushing your teeth and eating lunch, into your daily routine. 


To increase the chances of boosting metabolism, adults should get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

Getting too little shut-eye can significantly alter your body’s processes enough to predispose you to gain weight. (Do you ever feel hungry for no reason when you’re exhausted and then reach for the wrong foods to boot?) 


When you’re tense, your body releases cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal system that is linked to weight gain. It can also significantly weaken your immune system and open the door to acute and chronic illnesses.

Turn to regular physical activity, deep breathing, a quiet evening stroll, or professional help from a psychologist or counselor if you are experiencing chronic stress.

Eat and Drink

Eating the right foods−clean proteins, fruits and vegetables−fuels your metabolism firing on all cylinders. As soon as you awaken, charge-up those calorie burners by feeding them a protein and a fruit (think omelette with feta cheese, spinach and veggies and a cup of berries).

Eat small meals throughout the day but stop by around 7 p.m.

Staying hydrated is key to maintaining good health. Keep a glass or refillable water bottle with you throughout the day. You are properly hydrated if your urine is nearly clear.

Other than choosing the right foods to eat and finding spiritual solace in your life, these tools serve as a roadmap to good health, including maintaining a healthy weight.

Best of all, once you’ve adopted these tips, you will look and feel better sooner than you think.

Find out if you have metabolic disease (obesity), a chronic disease 

Would you like to find out if you are overweight according to your Body Mass Index (BMI)? We have a quick and easy calculator here  http://www.sterlingsurgicare.com/nj-surgery-specialties/metabolic-bariatric-surgery/bmi-caculator/

If your BMI is 35 or above, you could be a candidate for a surgical weight loss solution. This process is not a miracle cure for serious obesity.

Rather, it is a tool to help regain health and fitness and extend your life span.

Find out how the process works by looking at our exclusive Sterling Surgicare Bariatric Process Chart which explains the steps you need to take before and after your weight loss surgery operation.

Ready to learn more? Great!  You can meet Dr. Adeyeri personally at one of his upcoming New Patient Information Seminars.

As always, feel free to call us at (732) 217-3897 to talk about your weight loss goals.  

January 27, 2016

The war on obesity: Your body shouldn’t feel like a prison cell

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

If you’ve faced being very overweight (I don’t like the term morbidly obese) you already know it impacts every facet of your life.

You are limited physically, emotionally and mentally.  Over time, this often leads to isolation from family and friends. 

 Recently, one of my patients told me his weight felt like a prison cell around him 24/7.

When you have tried other ways of losing weight but didn’t achieve the level of success you desired, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery, assuming you meet the general BMI parameters and are healthy enough to undergo the procedure.

Make no mistake—a bariatric weight loss solution is going to require a new mental and physical strategy for living your life every day. But, as I’ve witnessed countless times, the benefits can be life-altering.

Once your weight is under your control, your life will change:

You’ll look and feel better physically

Activities you could not do will be achievable and enjoyable again 

Obesity-related chronic medical conditions may be alleviated or significantly lessened

Self-confidence, self-esteem and overall well-being should improve dramatically

Here are some quotes from Sterling Surgicare patients who have undergone weight loss surgery:

“Why should I miss out? I’m going to be healthy again so I can enjoy life with my family and friends!”

"My sons are 8 and 9 now. I don’t want them to be embarrassed about my size.”

I’ve been in a dead-end job for too long because I don’t think anyone else would hire me at this weight." 

• “I’m at the age that I want to find a life partner. I want that person to see me, not my weight.”

Start, Fight, Lose, Maintain

It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings. Increase your personal commitment to start or keep losing the extra weight; motivate others in our Sterling Support Group meeting and offer a pat on the back to the person sitting beside you tonight. Have a meeting with yourself and set specific goals.

That's what Tracy did a few years ago. And look at her now.

What are you waiting for?

Talk with your healthcare network and get their support to help guide you.  

We’re unique here at Sterling Surgicare because we see weight loss and maintenance as a team sport—no one expects you to do this by yourself.

If your time has come to draw a line in the sand and say, "goodbye weight battle," you've come to the right place.

To get started, call our bariatric administrators, Melissa or Mary Ellen, at 732-217-3897 to find out more.

Next, join me at my next Bariatric Seminar held at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge or CentraState Medical Center in Freehold. 

I look forward to meeting you soon!


January 11, 2016

A thank you from one of our young Bariatric Superstar patient's mother 

Whoo hoo for Veronica!

Here's a brief update from her elated mother, which was quickly shared with our whole staff.  (Nothing makes us happier than a good success story!):

"Two years ago today, my beloved daughter Veronica started her 160-pound weight loss by having the gastric bypass weight loss surgery operation.

You literally saved my daughter's life.

God bless you Dr. Adeyeri."


January 7, 2016

Using Warehouse Stores to Manage Food Costs After Weight Loss Surgery 

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Medical Director

As you begin the process of weight loss by changing what you eat, you’ll quickly feel better (and lighter). For example, look at the difference in what you purchase at the grocery store--there is much more fresh ‘real food’ and far fewer pre-packaged items in the grocery cart now.

But fruits, vegetables, protein drinks and lean cuts of meat cost more than pre-packaged junk food, which can be attributed to one of the reasons some lower income people lose the battle with obesity.

Since you’ve made a decision to change your life, including what you eat, you’re going to be buying several of these healthier options in bulk, as they will serve as the new staples in your nutrition plan.

Your dietitian will prescribe some foods and drinks that you will consume just about every day. So it makes sense to buy these items in volume. 

As most of you know, I love Facebook. It’s a way I can stay in touch with patients (and their families) between office visits and once they are on maintenance after reaching goal weight.

I recently posted a query asking my post-op patients what staple items they buy from the warehouse stores—BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club--and I received many helpful responses that I’d like to share with you.

Armed with the recommendations below, you’ll eat healthier, save money and require fewer trips to the grocery store during your weight loss journey.

“What "go-to" items do you purchase from warehouse stores after weight loss surgery?”

Premier protein shakes
Protein bars 
Sam’s chicken sausage with mozzarella with a big side of spinach.
Muscle Milk
Liter bottles of water 
Optimum Nutrition protein powders
Frozen Mahi Mahi filets 
Cranberry almond chicken salad in 4 oz. cups.
Chicken breasts and ground turkey 
Baby Bell light cheese
Frozen veggies 
Veggie burgers 
Salmon fillets
Fresh spinach
Probiotic 10 and Fiber Gummies
Ready-to-eat veggie tray
Gold Standard Whey, Kirkland Fiber Caps, Opti-Fiber, Kirkland Calcium Citrate
Mini cucumbers
Bagged chopped kale salad
Kirkland plain Greek yogurt
Kirkland citrus green tea, Crystal Light 
Figgy Pops, Healthy Choice fudge bars
Chia seeds

If you are a member of any of these clubs, take an hour or two and really peruse the aisles in search of healthy products that support your nutrition plan. Keep in mind, many food items can be frozen and thawed when you need it to avoid spoilage.

Ask your bariatric dietitian for more ideas or bring in a sample of a food or drink you’re not sure of (take a screen shot of the nutrition label before you buy it).

If you’d like to friend me on Facebook, you'll see my occasional patient success stories and news and tools that I come across that support living a full, happy and healthy life.

 January 4, 2016

 Kelly Reilly Shares Her Two-Year Anniversary POV on Instagram

Wife, mother and Certified Medical Assistant Kelly recently reflected on the past year with this insightful post:

What a difference a decision I made two quick years ago today has made in my life.

People ask me all the time, "Was it difficult?"

The only difficult part of gastric bypass surgery was not doing it sooner.

Down 140 pounds! 

December 16, 2015

 Review by KATENJ via "Doctor Review" on ObesityHelp.com:

"Dr. Adeyeri is a miracle worker.

For the first time in my life I have real hope that I will attain and keep a realistic weight loss.

Dr. A. is wonderful-he is kind, understanding and spends as much time with you as you need. I felt very prepared pre-op and post-op. Dr. A. is realistic and honest-he doesn't treat the surgery as a fix-it-all.

He makes you aware that the surgery is a tool to use for the rest of your life. Since my gastric sleeve, I am thrilled that I am satisfied with very small portions.

I have lost my cravings for sweets and carbs (always my downfall). I am able to eat normal, healthy food. My blood sugar and cholesterol and blood pressure are low normal now.

I feel WONDERFUL- I am able to climb steps, walk for long distances, stay on my feet for long periods. I don't spend all day worrying about what to eat-I have a plan and I stick to it. The weight just melts off.

I had tried EVERY diet before this-losing and gaining a hundred pounds every ten years.

I wish I had this surgery years ago. It has given me a new and happy life.

I am so very grateful for Dr. Adeyeri and all he has done for me."

December 15, 2015

"Celebrate healthy improvements you’ve achieved this year"

Asbury Park Press (Gannett Newspapers)

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri

’Tis the season to be deluged with New Year’s articles telling us to how to lose more weight, eat better and work out more. We’ve heard it all before, haven’t we?

I’d like to take a different approach—let’s celebrate how far you’ve come in 2015 and the progress you achieved toward living a healthier life — regardless of that number you see on the scale today.

There are consequences to ignoring your health, especially carrying too much weight. I tell patients it’s like leaving your front door unlocked — it makes it easy for all kinds of unwanted guests to come in, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, chronic joint pain and even cancer.

Ignoring any nagging medical issues will only cause them to become more serious. But there are a few key goals that everyone should strive to achieve during the course of the year. Some take ongoing effort and one takes about an hour:

 Read Dr. Adeyeri's full article in the Asbury Park Press here:


December 7, 2015

Institute for Weight Loss (Raritan Bay Medical Center) Medical Director Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri Announces New Quality and Patient Safety Accreditation

"I'm very proud of the high quality bariatric program we have built at Raritan Bay Medical Center," says Ayotunde Adeyeri, medical director.

"Achieving the designation as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is an outstanding quality milestone for our program."

Dr. Adeyeri says the goal of the program has always been to provide patients with complete and comprehensive services to not only lose weight, but also make a lifestyle change to keep the weight off.

“This important accreditation confirms we are providing our patients with the necessary comprehensive care and support required to help them achieve their weight loss goals and maintain their health and well-being.”

 Learn more about this quality and safety accreditation here


November 25, 2015


November 20, 2015


Once John's weight began to affect his golf game, he drew a line in the sand

John lives in Marlboro here in Monmouth County.

He has a wonderful family and a great life--except for the headache of carrying around too much extra weight. 

He tried the traditional weight loss diets and programs and continued to play sports, especially his beloved golf.

John heard about Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and went to see him to discuss the best way to lose the extra 100 pounds he was carrying.

After looking carefully into his medical history, Dr. Adeyeri recommended the sleeve gastrectomy for John.

One year ago today, he underwent the operation and never looked back.

Here's John today, a year later, on the right. (Is it us, or does he look like the other guy's son?)

As you can see, John adhered to the post-op bariatric program and reaped the rewards. Not only does he look and feel better every single day,  he also has double the energy for golf (his game has never been better).

Would you like to learn more about a bariatric weight loss solution?

Meet Dr. Adeyeri personally at his final two New Patient Info Seminars of 2015:

December 2 - CentraState Medical Center, Freehold

December 14 - Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge

Find out what bariatric weight loss procedures your medical insurance carrier covers

First and foremost, you should review your medical insurance policy coverage by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.

Ask if your policy covers the Surgical Treatment for Morbid Obesity which has the CPT diagnosis code 278.01.

If they do, ask your insurance company to send you the Medical Policies for this treatment and bring a copy to your initial consultation. This will greatly expedite the pre-authorization for your procedure.

You may wish to refer to the CPT Code list below and ask the Customer Service representative about the specific bariatric operation you are interested in:
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – CPT Code 43644

Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – CPT Code 43775

Laparoscopic Adj. Gastric Banding – CPT Code 43770

Duodenal Switch – CPT Code 43845

Revision Bariatric Surgery – CPT Code 43848

We offer affordable self-pay options for those patients who do not have medical insurance for bariatric surgery. Please ask us about these plans.

NOTE: Many practices charge program fees above and beyond insurance payment deductibles and co-payments. Our program does not charge extra program fees.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, call the Sterling Surgicare team at 732-217-3897 Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. 

November 10, 2015


Dr. Adeyeri is now an expert health and medical contributor to the Asbury Park Press!

Beginning this month, you can find Dr. Adeyeri's articles in the "Healthy Living" feature section of the Asbury Park Press!  He'll be sharing his advice and expertise on weight management, lifestyle and fitness--whenever he is not treating his patients or performing surgery!

We are pleased to share an excerpt of his first feature article which appears today:

"Manage your weight loss, look your best by the holidays"

Asbury Park Press (Gannett Newspapers)

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri

November is suddenly upon us, and we’re already in the throes of preparing for the holiday season here in central New Jersey. The holidays mean one thing — food, drinks –– and more food.

As an obesity expert and surgeon who performs weight loss surgery, I can tell you most of us gain weight from here until the end of the year — and more than just a pound or two.

Whether you’re maintaining your weight or trying to lose those last few pounds before Thanksgiving, I’d like to share my thoughts on how to manage your weight the same way you would manage a project at work, school or home.

In the real world, it’s admittedly difficult to prep healthy food in advance and squeeze in a trip to the gym between commuting to work, dealing with home projects, driving kids to football or dance and trying to get to bed by 11 p.m. every night.

Add in the additional responsibilities of holiday activities and — no surprise here –– watching your weight plummets on the priority scale.

But you can do it nonetheless, it just takes a little planning.

Read the full article in the Asbury Park Press here 

November 5, 2015


Gloria Oquendo Shows It's Never Too Late to Change Your Future 

Gloria is a fun-loving, spiritual woman who was tired of being held back by her weight. 

When obesity-related health issues threatened to slow her down, she drew a line in the sand and said, "No more." 

After attending Sterling Surgicare's New Patient Seminar, she meet with Dr. Adeyeri and they decided that the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) would be the best bariatric weight loss solution for her.

"Once I had the operation, I never looked back," Gloria says with a smile. As you can see from the images here, she transformed her health, her appearance and has never looked younger or better.

Gloria attributes her success to the Sterling team who helped her with nutritional advice, emotional support and a continual celebration of her rapid weight loss.

"If you haven't found a method of weight loss that works for you, I highly recommend having weight loss surgery," Gloria says with a smile. "I look and feel decades younger and have never had more energy. Don't wait--do it!"



October 23, 2015

Welcome Mary Ellen to the Sterling Surgicare Team in Holmdel 

Time to grow again! Please welcome Mary Ellen Byrne to our administrative team in the Monmouth County medical office!

Mary Ellen comes to us with many years of medical billing and patient care expertise.

"I really like working with the patients--when they are healthy and health-challenged," Mary Ellen says. "The office here is uplifting, positive and friendly--just the kind of place anyone would like to work."

Mary Ellen earned a National Healthcare Association Healthcare Medical Billing Certification, Phlebotomy Certification and ECG Certification at the Monmouth County Vocational School. She also maintains advanced software skills.

She will work under Melissa Tenny, our practice administrator.

 October 8, 2015

 "Master your metabolism for better weight management"

 Greater Media Newspapers 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

Why can one person eat like a growing boy and not gain a pound, while another person’s every indulgence goes right to their hips? The answer lies in our metabolism, the little engine that burns calories all day, every day.

Because of genetics, some people do burn calories faster than others. But age, diet, weight and exercise also plays a role.

Metabolism is a complex network of hormones and enzymes that converts food into fuel and determines how efficiently that fuel is used. Metabolism is also affected by gender (men usually burn more calories than women) and proportion of muscle mass.

While it’s true that genetics helps to determine our metabolic rates, we can boost metabolism by increasing lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories per hour than fat, which means that people with lean, muscular bodies need more calories to function than people with a higher percentage of body fat.

Read More Here


October 2, 2015 

Years After Bariatric Surgery: Getting the Long-Term Support You Need

 By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

Once you’ve lost the weight, the battle against obesity isn’t over. 

On average, about two years after patients have undergone gastric bypass, the sleeve, gastric banding or revision surgery, most enter the long-awaited “maintenance” phase. At this point, they’ve achieved their target (“dream”) weight and had ample time to adjust to a new diet and exercise lifestyle.

People who have reached this milestone are certainly elated, but that jolt of initial excitement and compliments from friends and family about your changing body have died down.

Let’s face it—everyone is used to the “new you” at this point.

For some, this can be an understandably tough time. Former bad habits can slyly creep back in—nighttime eating, pre-meal snacking, eating for the wrong reasons, finding reasons to miss exercise, or starting to consume “old favorite” (i.e. not healthy) foods again.

Don’t beat yourself up if this happens, but don’t ignore it either. 

Here’s how to find your way when your weight loss surgery operation is well behind you:

Get a little help from your friends

Get back in stride with your support group. Without fail, make sure you attend our monthly meeting at the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center, where I serve as medical director, and / or subscribe to online support sites such as ObesityHelp.com or BariatricPal.com.

Study these educational and supportive outlets to share and receive information--a


word, a pat on the back or “I’m in the same place and have the same concerns…”

Beware of the sugar demon

Refined sugar, especially in processed foods, is a major contributor to men and women regaining weight following weight loss surgery. People tend to be very motivated to abstain from the Sugar Devil early on, but that resilience can wane over time.

When it does, the brain is ready-and-willing to reintroduce the sugar craving via the same sources of comfort it did in the past.

Mindfulness creates inner clarity and allows you to refocus on what is important

Begin with a mindful activity like meditation or exercising in silence which allows you to focus solely on your body, mind and spirit.  

Spend a few minutes appreciating how much healthier you have become and how your life has improved.

Think about the positive things you do to feel good--—attending religious service or praying, helping others, moving your body, eating real food from the earth, not a box.


Check-in with your bariatric physician

I see patients all the time who had bariatric surgery several years ago.  We talk about obstacles, challenges, frustrations and any concerning health issues. Some patients elect to see our bariatric dietitians for a few visits as well.

Bariatric professionals can offer help and guidance even if you had surgery in 2010 or before. Call us if you are having a tough time and come in to talk. 

Sterling Surgicare is ready to help

Over the years, you’ve come so far. Don’t isolate yourself, reach out. We’re here to help you--today, tomorrow, always.

If you are a new, current or former patient, call us at 732-217-3897. 


September 26, 2015

D Moore127 reviews Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD on ObestyHelp.com

"I had been researching weight loss surgery for 3 years prior to seeing Dr. Adeyeri...I began the process with another Dr. but did not get "good vibes" during my experience with him and with his office.

So I put everything on the back burner and continued to try everything under the sun to lose weight...I would lose 20, gain 20 back and so on. I had developed high blood pressure and sleep apnea...I could be heard snoring throughout the entire house!!

In May of 2014 I was recommended to Dr. Adeyeri and his staff. Dr. Adeyeri and his staff made me feel very comfortable and was "on the ball" guiding me through all of the medical clearances that I needed for the approval of my surgery.

Dr. Adeyeri discussed all of the bariatric surgery options and made sure I understood the procedure. I had no issues or delays in getting everything in order. In early September I learned I was approved for surgery and was given my date of October 30, 2014.

My heaviest weight was 260, I was 249 on the day of my surgery. Surgery went extremely well and I was walking around the hospital by that afternoon.

Tomorrow, April 30th, marks exactly 6 months from my surgery date - I am down 78 pounds and currently weigh 171. I have not taken any blood pressure meds since the surgery. I am no longer snoring as well! I would highly recommend Dr. Adeyeri for bariatric surgery. He and his staff are amazing!

It is great feeling to go to the monthly support group meetings and to see him there often.

My biggest regret is that I didn't find him 3 years ago!

Thank you Dr. Adeyeri and staff!!"

D. Moore on ObesityHelp.com 

 September  23, 2015  

Millennial Keirstyn Uses the Gastric Sleeve To Achieve Her Goal Weight in her 20's

"The left is me prior to my surgery. The right is me at a healthy 159 pounds. 

What a difference; thanks to my amazing doctor, Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, for giving me a chance to live the life I always wanted to have.

My advice to anyone thinking of weight loss surgery here in New Jersey--or anywhere--would be that having the gastric sleeve was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself.

It's a lot of work (and changing the way you see food) in the beginning but in the end all very much worth it.

Today, I feel so much more alive!! Thank you again!!!"

September 16, 2015

Sterling Surgicare's Bariatric Superstar Patients Share Their Success Tips 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

For several years now, I've performed many bariatric weight loss surgeries—gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, revision, lap-bands, revisions and the duodenal switch.

Because the nature of this surgery necessitates a long-term patient/doctor relationship, we get to know our patients very well during their weight loss journeys.

As we head into a new season (and quickly face the holidays), we thought the time was right to present some of these tried-and-true ideas that might help you too--brought you to straight from our own patients!

Realize that bariatric surgery is only a tool, not a miracle 

“WLS is not a magic pill that makes you thin in 6 months, by any means. You have to put in the work, like anything worthwhile in life. What you put in is what you get out of it.”

Discover an exercise you can live with

“I was too heavy to exercise until I lost the first 30 pounds after my sleeve. Then I starting walking 30 minutes a day—rain or shine. I felt better the first week and it helped my ‘fat clothes’ fall off me even faster. Move it—you’ll lose more weight faster.”

Don't rush back into eating solid foods

“I didn’t rush into eating. Four weeks of liquid and two weeks of a pureed diet worked really well, but it was hard mentally as I just wanted to chew something. Listen to the doctors and the nurses. They know what is best for each individual patient.”

Be honest with yourself

“About four years after gastric sleeve surgery, I was feeling exhausted, fat, grumpy and unattractive. I started back to the gym, taking my vitamins, drinking the water and eating right. I’m getting back to the person I want to be.”

Have the right attitude

“I really believe if you have a relentlessly positive frame of mind and come to terms with the fact that this is for LIFE, you can be successful. And it’s so worth it. I feel joy in feeling full again, which was missing prior to surgery.”

Have your water bottle with you 24/7

“I drink 64 ounces a day even though I’m at goal weight. Not soda or coffee or other stuff—water.”

Follow doctor's orders 

“I put my life in the hands of the IWL team and finally quit smoking before surgery. Now I eat high protein foods first, drink lots of water and ride my stationary bike 20 minutes a day. I love to see the sweat on my face!”

Don’t miss your bariatric support group meeting

“The biggest key to my success is the Raritan Bay monthly support group. My sister and I started going even before our operations. Even though I am close to goal, I still attend to share my experiences and learn something new every month.”

September 2, 2015

Steven posts a Facebook message to Dr. Adeyeri after his gastric bypass surgery in Holmdel

"Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri,

You gave me no bull nor left me hanging.

While other doctors were too scared to do so, you took my case on with full force.

I know for a fact if it wasn't for you and the people at the office, I'd be dead and not experiencing life at all.

I can't thank you enough for everything, truly a hero.


August 21, 2015 

New Jersey man says goodbye to prescription meds and 117 pounds 6 months after bariatric weight loss surgery 

By Andrew Landstrom 

Note from Melissa at Sterling Surgicare:  While we love to write about our patients' success stories, we think they are even more impactful when they are shared by patients directly.  Mr. Landstrom posted this message on Facebook and kindly permitted us to share it.

Dr. Adeyeri says this about Andrew:  "I knew from the first few visits with Andrew and his wife that he was destined for success. He understood this wasn't just an operation but a new way of living his life. Judging by his outstanding results so far, I was right."

Roughly a year ago, I embarked on a journey with the goal of saving my life. After years of struggling with my weight and related medical problems, I decided to make a stand.

This journey led me to having gastric bypass surgery six months ago.

Losing 117 pounds in six months after bariatric surgery 

In the past year I have lost 142 pounds, and 117 of those have been since the surgery.

Here's what else I lost... 

In addition, I no longer need to take any prescription medications.

And, (get ready) I am very active at the gym. In fact, I am probably in the best shape I have been in my entire life!

And I'm only getting started, I assure you.

Giving credit and heartfelt thanks to the love of my life

I could not have done this without the support of my friends and family, but most importantly my incredible wife Jessica, who put up with me through the good and bad days and continues to keep me on the straight and narrow :)

The past six months have been exciting, and I can't wait to see what the next six months bring.

Stay tuned! 

August 11, 2015

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri of Sterling Surgicare in Holmdel featured in Greater Media Newspapers

tanding (Not Sitting) Your Way to Better Health"

Key Message:

Two hours of standing may be a big ask for a lot people. Start off by aiming to walk for two minutes out of every 20, and work your way up toward being on their feet for two hours daily.

It is also important that people know that improving health is not only about sitting less at work, but also about exercising during other times of the day.

Take a big step toward overall health by increasing the amount of movement you do over your whole day.


August 10, 2015

Weight loss isn’t the only reason some people are having bariatric surgery

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

Most people assume the primary reason to have weight loss surgery is to lose weight, right?

More and more studies on the benefits of this operation are attracting patients who don’t fit the traditional profile of someone who is very overweight (with a BMI in excess of 40). 

Here’s what they’re saying:

“Sure, I’d like to drop the extra weight, but my first priority is to finally get my blood sugar under control so I’m not so tied to insulin injections.” 

Who could blame diabetic patients who want to lessen or even eliminate the discomfort, inconvenience and expense of insulin shots along with the 24/7 anxiety that comes with constantly fluctuating blood sugar levels?

Type 2 diabetes and obesity

Here in the U.S., nearly 26 million people have diabetes and two-thirds of them are overweight or obese.

Diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, eye problems and other serious chronic health issues.

A plethora of studies is finding that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and even forever, in some cases. These patients have BMIs as low as 30, in some cases.

“I didn’t fit the minimum BMI to be approved for weight loss surgery, but my increasingly uncontrolled diabetes was the reason my medical insurer approved me,” a recent patient explained. (Keep in mind, every insurer’s coverage stipulations are different.)

How can bariatric surgery help control blood sugar and diabetes?

Ironically, the exact reasons aren’t entirely clear but, simply stated, the surgery changes hormones in the stomach allowing the body to “reset” its normal way of functioning in the gut. Ultimately, this change can lead to blood sugar levels returning to manageable (and even normal) levels.

Keep in mind, diabetics who have weight loss surgery may no longer require the same volume of insulin but may need to continue other diabetic maintenance medications.

I’m diabetic but not extremely overweight. Where do I start?

If you or a loved one is battling diabetes and finding traditional medications are not achieving successful blood sugar management, consult with our Sterling Surgicare team by calling 732-217-3897 to determine if a bariatric weight loss solution can help manage your disease so you can focus on family, work and life—not your diabetes.

Read about Sterling Surgicare patients who minimized or even eliminated all diabetes medications after bariatric surgery.

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August 7, 2015

Sterling Surgicare's Bariatric Nutrition Corner

By Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE

Multivitamins: What's the Best Choice for You?

All weight loss surgery patients must be on a daily regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements to prevent deficiencies.  

A good quality, high potency multivitamin is an essential part of the weight loss journey.  There are many different type of multivitamins on the market, but not all of them are the best choice for weight loss surgery patients.

What to Look for in a Multivitamin

According the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery’s (ASMBS) "Allied Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient," gastric bypass and gastric sleeve patients should have a high potency multivitamin with 200% Daily Value of at least 2/3 of the nutrients.  

Here at Sterling Surgicare, we recommend the following to our bariatric patients :

Begin with a chewable or liquid formulation the day you go home from the hospital after your bariatric surgery

You may progress to a tablet or capsule when able – speak to your surgeon or dietitian before switching to a non-chewable multivitamin.

Avoid time released type supplements

Choose a multivitamin with at least 18 mg iron, 400 mcg folic acid and contains selenium and zinc in each serving

Do not take multivitamin containing iron with your calcium supplements – take 2 hours apart

Check the serving – not all multivitamins are a “one-a-day.” Some formulations require two or more servings daily. 

DO NOT use gummy type vitamins – they are NOT nutritionally adequate for weight loss surgery patients.

Read the supplement facts labels carefully! Not all multivitamins are the same!

If you have trouble remembering to take your vitamins – there are apps to help remind you!

If you need help selecting a multivitamin or cannot tolerate the one you are takin, always feel free to call the office for guidance.

Source: ASMBS, Allied Health Nutritional Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient, L. Aills, et.al. 2008.



August 4, 2015

Dr. Adeyeri Named 2015 NJ "Top Doc"  

Several of Dr. Adeyeri's patients collectively took the time and effort to nominate him for a NJ Top Doc award and we just received confirmation this morning that he has been selected as a winner!

NJ Top Doc awardees must be nominated by patients who reported outstanding quality, service, care and a positive medical outcome. These nominees must have received medical treatment from the recommended doctor within the past 12 months.

It' no surprise to us that Dr. Adeyeri was nominated by his patients for this award. 

We know there are many more accolades to come, but as Dr. Adeyeri said when we gave him the news--

"All that really matters to me is that my patients are happy with the care we provided to them and that they are healthy today."

Melissa Tenny, Office Manager, Sterling Surgicare




July 22, 2015

Gastric Sleeve Superstar Cindy Ortiz Tells Her Story

My Bariatric Weight Loss Story
By Cindy Ortiz

Before Bariatric Surgery

At 48 years old, I saw my life quickly starting to crumble. I was overweight and diagnosed with diabetes. Two years prior, my Dad had passed away, from a heart attack from being a serve diabetic. This devastated me and took a long time accept his passing. 

In addition, my blood pressure was starting to rise and I found it difficult to complete daily tasks in my everyday life. My energy was low and I found myself tired a lot. 

At this point I knew something was wrong, because I wasn’t feeling myself and was unhappy.

Exercise and Diet Pills

I consulted with my medical doctor who recommended seeking personal fitness training and medication. He felt that my current situation was due to my rapid weight gain. Shortly after, I met with a trainer who worked with me for 3 consecutive months and helped me lose a total of 45 lbs. 

I was beginning to feel healthy, but due to work and daily life, I was unable to maintain my training. Although I managed to work out, I was unsuccessful in losing additional weight. 

Also, the diet pills were short lived and stopped working for me. This began to take toll on my mental health and confidence. I found myself once again at my doctor’s office seeking additional advice. 

My doctor suggested contacting Dr. Adeyeri of Sterling Surgicare who runs the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Bariatric Center, in Old Bridge, NJ. 

After talking with me and reviewing my medical history, he recommended I have the gastric sleeve surgery, which is when a large section of your stomach is removed, leaving you with a sleeve-shaped stomach. The stomach size is permanently reduced through this process. 

Dr. Adeyeri reviewed my qualifications and stated I was a good candidate. He reminded me that my body mass index (BMI) was over 65% and I was retaining water in my legs. 

Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center

After concurring with his analysis, I was scheduled for Jan. 2, 2014 for sleeve surgery. 
I was hopeful that this would a life changing decision, to improve my health, social life, energy levels, stress, self-esteem, and my overall appearance. 

This gave me Faith!

Surgery Day Surprises 

On the morning of my surgery, I was extremely nervous, I knew my life was about to change, forever. I knew the benefits that would come from this type of surgery, but it frightened me that my eating habits were going to change drastically, I didn’t know what to expect. 

After the surgery, I woke up in pain, not realizing that Dr. A had discovered several significant health issues unrelated to my bariatric surgery—he removed two significant hernias, my gallbladder (which was dead!), and repaired a hiatal hernia

This was all done at the same time as my gastric sleeve (thankfully!) 


In the weeks following my surgery, I was on a liquid diet--baby food, soup, and shakes. I lost a total of 28 lbs during this time. The weight was pouring off of me the through first 7-10 weeks. 

By the 10th week, it was a total of 49lbs. 

I also saw: 

• An increase in my energy level
• Improvement in my sleep
• My overall mood was up
• I was doing things again that I physically never thought would be possible 
• My arms and legs were more defined; my back and stomach were leaning out and I was fitting into my “Skinny” jeans that had been tucked away since before my kids were born!

I haven’t felt this confident in a long time. I was starting to now eat solids and educate myself on clean, healthy eating. 

Now, I eat 5-6X a day, but in small heathy servings. I also indulge occasionally but I’m more conscience of my food intake than ever before. 
All things in moderation, your body is your temple.

A Personal Thank you to Dr. Adeyeri

I went from a size 18-20 to a size 0-2.

I lost a total of 98 lbs. my body fat went from 65% to 15%. 

I am traveling, working harder than ever, enjoying time with family and loving the journey of my life, at Fab 50! 

My entire story would not be possible without the direction and guidance of Dr. Adeyeri. Throughout this process, Dr. Adeyeri has allowed me to truly become who I am physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Not only Is Dr. Adeyeri my doctor, he is also a friend who knew what I wanted, who I was and where I needed to go. I am truly thankful for everything Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri has done through this process along with everyone at his office. 

If you are having any thoughts or questions on if you should or should not go through this process, let my story be your answer!

Fab 50 Looks Better Than Ever

In the end, this is my story to tell--it's all about turning "Fab 50 and Loving Life!"



July 7, 2015

Dr. Adeyeri's article featured on My Central Jersey's 'Healthwise'

"Healthwise: Standing Your Way to Better Health"

(My Central Jersey)

"People who sit at a desk to do their jobs should stand up for at least two hours during the workday, and should progress toward standing up for four hours daily.
Sitting time has been linked with obesity, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and too much belly fat. Medical experts have found that sedentary behavior also correlates with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, elevated levels of blood sugar and a slow-down in metabolism.

Other studies have also suggested links between too much sitting and heart disease and cancer. In a recent Harvard study, too much sitting was even linked with an increased risk of dying early."



July 6, 2015

How to get the most out of your bariatric nutrition visits

Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE, is our chief bariatric dietitian here at Sterling Surgicare.

When you are choosing the right NJ bariatric surgeon to meet your needs, you may wish to have a chat with the primary nutritionist who will be working with you.

You are going to build a long (and successful) relationship with this person, so it's important to ensure that you work well together--even before your weight loss surgery operation.

Lori is very experienced and well educated in bariatric nutrition. Perhaps most importantly, she gets rave patient reviews!

She is the author of several published works about bariatric nutrition. Her newest article was published this month by ObesityHelp.com on its national website read worldwide.

She offers some great tips in her article "4 Ways to Prepare for Your Weight Loss Surgery Appointments."

Read Dr. Adeyeri's 100+ Positive Patient Reviews on ObesityHelp.com



July 3, 2014 

Happy Fourth of July from Melissa, Lori and Mara at Sterling Surgicare

As you've read here from Dr. Adeyeri's posts, when you become one of our patients, we really get to know you, particularly if you are one of our weight loss surgery clients. 

Andrew had bariatric surgery a few years ago and still stops in for check-ups and meetings with our Sterling Surgicare dietitian, Lori Skurbe, New Jersey's best bariatric nutritionist.

He generously brings us food, gifts and holiday items all the time. We had to share this theme, the illustrious red, white and blue!

On behalf of Dr. Adeyeri and all of here at Sterling Surgicare, we would like to wish all our patients and their families a happy and fun Fourth!


June 26, 2015

Sterling Surgicare's Dietitian's Digest

 Snacking and Weight Loss Surgery

By Lori Skurbe, RD, MPH, CDE, Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel, NJ

Whether it’s preparing our Sterling patients for upcoming bariatric surgery, guiding them through the weight loss phase or providing them with strategies to maintain their new lower weight, one topic always seems to come up: 

“Ummm…so…what can I snack on?”

I advise our patients that “snacking” is never a good idea, pure and simple. It’s just not worth the temporary pleasure you get and certainly doesn’t contribute to losing the most weight in the shortest span of time.
Snacking grazing, nibbling or noshing--whatever you call it--usually adds up to too many extra calories and leads to poor weight loss and often weight regain. 

What can you do to avoid snacking?

For some, we snack because we feel hungry. But many times the hunger we feel may be head hunger and not true hunger. “Head hunger” is when you eat out of boredom, habit, or due to emotions (stress, anger, depression etc.) “True hunger,” or belly hunger, is when your stomach is empty and you “need” to refuel your body. 

It is important to learn the difference. Head hunger can hit at any time regardless of when you last ate, but belly hunger usually starts a few hours after a protein based meal.  

Struggling with snacking?  

Try these tips:

Keep all tempting foods out of the house, car and office. 

 Stay well hydrated. Get in at least 48 or more ounces of calorie free, caffeine free fluids daily. Some of us confuse thirst for hunger.

 Be busy – boredom can be a trigger for snacking. Write down at least 10 things you can do when you are bored. Here are some suggestions – Work in your yard, meditate, walk around the block, call or visit a friend, listen to music, brush your teeth,  take a hot bath or shower, fold laundry, straighten out a closet or drawer or do something nice for yourself or someone else. 

Don’t just eat when you feel “hungry” – figure out if you are truly hungry or is it head hunger.  If it is head hunger – try some of the above tips. If you are truly hungry, have a snack, but keep your snack to one food and no more than 100 calories. Examples of appropriate snacks are: 100 calorie packs of almonds, 100 calorie Greek yogurt, low fat string cheese or a small piece of fruit. 

If you are still struggling, call the Sterling office for additional guidance – we are here to help you in any way possible! 



June 19, 2015

Maria Girau is one of those people everyone likes. She's positive, happy, funny--and very determined. 

In 2012, she sent us this message: "I had a consult with Dr. Adeyeri a few weeks ago. I was nervous, but I have seen the improvement from my co-workers who had weight loss surgery by him. I am ready for my next step and I would like to make plans for him to perform my surgery."

Update: Here's Maria before and after bariatric weight loss surgery:


*Blouses/Tops from a 3X down to a standard Medium/Large
*Pants from a 26 down to a 12/14
How she does it:

"It's just a more simplified way of living.  I watch how I eat and exercise pretty regularly. I'm not obsessed with food anymore. It no longer consumers my thoughts.

No, I'm not "perfect" either! I have some kind of treat once or twice a week.

 Maria's surgical bariatric solution

Maria had "the sleeve" or sleeve gastrectomy in October 2013. Since then, she's lost more than 80 pounds and 10 clothing sizes. 

What we think is especially awesome about Maria is that she is one of only a few patients who kept and offered to share "before" pictures. 

"I have no problem showing my "before" pictures. I think in doing so I might be able to inspire other women and m