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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.

 


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.

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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.

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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! ‪

#‎byebyefat‬ 


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:

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"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."

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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,

Melissa

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.

Excerpt:

"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.

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“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.”

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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? 

Certainly. 

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.

 

They 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: 

Exercise

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. 

Sleep

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?) 

De-Stress

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
Quinoa
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

 kind 

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.

Steven" 


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


"S
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.

Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net "Gualberto107"


 

 

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!) 

Recovery

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)

Excerpt:
"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:

Clothing:

*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 men to take the plunge and get healthy before it's too late."

Thank you Maria! Mission accomplished!


June 5, 2015

News from Dr. Adeyeri's Office

I have the best job in the world, most days.

When I open my Facebook page and see a note like this, it makes all the challenges worth it.

My 20-something patient, Alison Manion, surprised me with this message on my Facebook page this morning:

 

"One year ago today--just about this exact time--I was heading into weight loss surgery...

I can't thank you enough Dr. A !!

A year later--365 days-- I AM DOWN 112 LBS in just 1 year!!

It's crazy in 1 year what can happen!

Thank you again Dr. A.

I'ts a new day and a new life for me.

I am so happy I can't even tell you.

Can't wait to see you all next week!!"

  

 


 

May 28, 2015

Barbara from central New Jersey celebrates her one year bariatric "surgiversary" 

Barbara Hargadon of central New Jersey posted this great collage on Facebook recently to commemorate her bariatric success and kindly allowed us to share it here.

While your weight is coming off after your procedure-- gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or lap-band, take time to try on clothing you wore just before your operation or look back and photos of you "then" and "now."

Even if you haven't reached your goal weight yet, take some time to recognize how far you have come!


 

May 14, 2015

You gained some weight ...Get back on track with these four tools

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare, Holmdel and Old Bridge

People who have undergone bariatric surgery know the weight loss battle does not end in the operating room. Months and even years after surgery, some weight can slowly creep back on. This setback can be both frustrating and discouraging to people who thought their weight loss issues were a thing of the past.

Truthfully, it happens to most of us.

If you are dealing with weight gain, I’ve listed a few essential steps to help get you back on track:

Go back to the beginning

Post-surgery, you probably followed your healthcare team’s advice to the letter. But as time passed, and you looked and felt healthier, you may have started to deviate from those dietary and exercise guidelines. Pull out your notes and review the program guidelines that brought you this far. Get back on the scale once a week and fire up your food journal again.

Get thyself to the nearest support group ─ STAT

Weight loss is a personal journey, but it doesn’t have to be a lonely one. Combine online support groups−such as ObesityHelp.com or BariatricPal.com are great secondary resources to your live group here at the Institute for Weight Loss. Groups such as the “back on track together group” on obesityhelp.com. There is support all-around you, reach out and take it. 

Work it out

Are you using the ‘too tired’ reason for missing a trip to the gym or 30 minute fast walk around the neighborhood? If you need energy, you know how to get it—get up, get out and get moving. “Too busy,” you say? Remember, only you can prioritize your health and wellness. You matter—make time for your health every single day.

Come to terms with the weight gain

This doesn’t mean blaming yourself. Rather, be forthright about how and why it happened and pat yourself on the back that you’ve recognized it now—not later. 

There’s no need to beat yourself up. You have already done the hard part by recognizing some weight has crept back on. That in itself shows you are going to battle back. If you need a pep talk or have some challenges you help with overcoming—call us and let’s talk.

There are many people supporting you 24/7 in this effort. We are armed with the ammunition to get the scale moving downward again. 

Life is filled with occasional side-steps and set-backs. It is part of making us who we are. Make a plan, regroup, recommit. 

You can do this.


 

May 5, 2015

Gail says goodbye to 90+ pounds later in life and feels younger than ever

Meet our "New Jersey Bariatric Weight Loss Star of the Week" Gail Thomas!

She had gastric bypass surgery and achieved an awe-inspiring 90+pound weight loss since her operation.

Best of all, we are the lucky recipients of Gail's healthy (homemade!) soups, which are...DELICIOUS!

Gail is one of those people who gets invited to all the parties and everyone wants to be around.

She's smart, funny and always has something positive to say when she stops in our office here at Sterling Surgicare now and then just to say hello.

Gail has a great life--great husband (who is more than thrilled with his wife's even more energetic life) and a wonderful family.

One of the best parts of our jobs is getting to meet so many great people like her.

Mara and Melissa, Sterling Surgicare Administrative Team 



 

April 27, 2015

Sterling Surgicare's Dietitian's Digest

By Lori Skurbe, MPH, CDE, Sterling Surgicare Dietitian

Get Motivated to Exercise!

Of course we know that exercise does countless good things for us—including speeding up weight loss. But, still, some of us might be falling short on this lifestyle change.

We all have excuses for not getting in our physical activity, but unfortunately making excuses does not burn up those calories! Instead of making excuses, make a plan! 

Here are my favorite tips that I share with our Sterling Surgicare patients (and myself)!

1. Set a goal

People who have clear goals are usually more successful at staying on track with their physical activity. Your goals should be clear, attainable and realistic for you. An example of a goal would be: I am going to walk 30 minutes 5 times per week. Remember: if you have not exercised in a while or have other limitations – start slowly and gradually increase the time and frequency you are active.

2. Write your goal down

Writing down your goal can make it real.  Also, keep track of all the physical activity you are doing.  Documenting your physical activity each day allows to you see your progress. Journal, journal, journal about your weight loss experience and your exercise plans and accomplishments! It "sets in stone" where you have been and where you are going!

3. Share your goals with friends - talk about it!

You may find an exercise buddy!  People who exercise with others tend to 

stick to their goals.

4. Have Fun!  

Exercise does not have to be boring or tedious!  Find an activity you enjoy and you’ll be more likely to stay with it!

5. Have a Plan B

Going for a walk outside is great way to get in your physical activity and enjoy the outdoors. However, if it is raining or cold outside, most people stop walking. Make sure you have another way of getting in your physical activity if your first choice is not an option.

6. Be flexible!

Do not get locked into an exercise routine that is too rigid.  You may have changes in your schedule, medical conditions or other issues that may throw off your regular exercise routine. For many people, this can stop or slow down their progress.  If you are more flexible – you are more likely to weather these changes and come up with alternative ways of reaching your exercise goal.

7. Reward yourself!

If you reach your exercise goal – give yourself a non-food reward.  Examples of non-food rewards are: a new pair of athletic shoes, a massage, sneak off to the library for a few hours, get a haircut, just enjoy being by yourself! 

Tell us what you do to stay motivated and moving forward! 

 We'd love to add your tips and tricks to this list!  Email us at info@sterlingsurgicare.com and we'll add your idea and credit you with the tip!

Source: Fitness: Tips for Staying Motivated. Mayo Clinic website accessed 3/30/15.

Sports and exercise images courtesy of "imagerymagestic" at FreeDigitialPhotos.net.


 

April 17, 2015 

Governor Christie tells Matt Lauer he wishes he had undergone lap-band surgery "years ago"

In early 2013, New Jersey Governor Christie underwent lap-band weight loss surgery. In 2015, he is markedly trimmer.

From New Hampshire yesterday, he was unusually candid about his personal health and shared with Matt Lauer that, in fact, he wished he had undergone the surgery sooner.

"It's the best thing that I've ever done for my health. And I look back on it now and wish I'd done it years ago," governor Christie remarked.

To see his comments about the bariatric procedure and what his cardiologist had to say about his progress, click here and skip to 2:10 for the discussion specifically about his weight loss.

While Governor Christie has never explained why he chose the lap-band over gastric bypass or the sleeve, it is presumed to be because this procedure is the least invasive weight loss surgery requiring minimal "down time."


 

April 15, 2015

Weight issues (obesity) can take a serious toll on your teeth

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, Medical Director, Sterling Surgicare

Studies have shown that obesity can result in a higher risk for dental problems. Issues with your teeth can affect your overall health and even open the door to serious chronic medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Specifically, overweight people have higher tooth decay levels, more missing teeth and fewer required dental fillings. They also visit a dentist less frequently, have more difficulty accessing dental care on a regular basis and are likely to visit a dentist only when they have a problem. 

Dental issues after bariatric surgery

Keep in mind, dental issues can continue even after obesity is defeated. Once bariatric weight-loss surgery has been completed and the weight begins to fall off, there are nutrition guidelines that patients need to follow. If this protocol is not adhered to, resulting gastrointestinal issues can cause damage to the teeth and mouth. 

Overeating causes stomach distension which frequently leads to regurgitation and reflux exposing the teeth to caustic gastric juices at pH levels high enough to dissolve tooth structure. This can lead to cavities, root degeneration and gum disease.


Tooth erosion is a common condition that includes hypersensitivity to eating or drinking cold or hot items. This can be compounded by sugar ingestion which produces even more acid in the mouth. The combined acid attacks invites uncontrolled enamel demineralization that defeats daily oral hygiene efforts even in someone who has never experienced dental decay issues. 

Six ways to get back on the dental health track


Proactive dental hygiene and early diagnosis of any problems will contribute to your overall health and wellness strategy. Here are steps to take to get rolling in the right direction:


Have a thorough dental cleaning and examination and take care of any problems before they become more serious.


Rinse with mouthwash for one minute twice a day prior to brushing and flossing.


Use one of the new toothpastes that helps to preserve and protect tooth enamel.


Add baking soda to your toothpaste to help neutralize acid levels in the mouth.


Drink water throughout the day to help offset the negative effects of dry mouth.


Eat more seeds, nuts, soy, seafood and spinach—this starves decay-producing bacteria and reduces acid levels in the mouth.

The bariatric weight loss process is a way of regaining control over your health. During the journey, it is important to take care of your teeth, gums and mouth. Not only will your mouth be fresher and healthier, white teeth will serve as a terrific accessary to your new outlook and your new body.

Find out if you have 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. 

 (Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhoto.net) 


 

 April 7, 2015

A severe case of diverticulitis and peritonitis sends a central New Jersey woman to the ICU


Debra McKavanaugh is a busy wife, mother of two grown children and an elementary school teacher’s aide here in Monmouth County. Through medication and lifestyle changes, she had her diverticulitis under control, for the most part. But eventually, an increasingly serious bout of stomach pain sent her to the ER at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. The diagnosis was far more serious than she anticipated.

“I’ve always had a high threshold for pain but this was something on a completely different level,” Debra remembers.  After a CAT scan and subsequent lab tests, Debra found out she had a perforated divertulum requiring emergency surgery. Dr Ayotunde Adeyeri, a board certified laparoscopic and general surgeon with more than 10 years of advanced surgical expertise, was called in to take over her care.

 Diverticulitis


Diverticulitis is a condition that develops when small, bulging pouches form in the lining of your digestive system, usually in the lower part of the large intestine (colon). 

In Debra's case, these pouches became infected and eventually perforated the intestine. A person with a perforation needs surgery to remove the diseased intestine and remove the toxins which have entered the abdominal cavity.  After this kind of surgery, a colostomy bag may be required until the intestine has healed and is ready to be reconnected. 

Peritonitis

Debra was suffering from a severe case of peritonitis exhibited by her physical symptoms which included nausea, vomiting, fever, and severe abdominal tenderness. This condition requires immediate surgery. Without prompt treatment, peritonitis can be fatal.

Once the tissue is healed and antibiotics have eliminated the infection, a general or laparoscopic colon resection is surgically performed and the colostomy bag is removed.

Dr. Adeyeri shares his perspective on a serious case

“Debra’s case was an emergency as the intestinal tear has released toxins throughout her stomach region, which can quickly infect the entire body,” Dr. Adeyeri explains. Laparoscopically, using only four tiny incisions, Dr. Adeyeri surgically repaired the tear, supported by the Bayshore hospital surgical team.

Debra spent the next week in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), including five days supported by a ventilator. When she was cleared to leave the ICU, she remained hospitalized for another few weeks.

“I was in very serious condition due to the severity of my case,” Debra says. “They anticipated that my operation would be as long as three hours but it turned into a very complicated six-hour surgery.”

Due to the extensive damage to her bowel and intestines, Debra needed a colostomy bag while her internal organs recovered from the infection and subsequent surgery.

Due to the severity of her condition, she was also forced to take a year’s leave of absence from her job in order to rest and fully recuperate.

Time heals all wounds 

By mid-2014, Debra had made a faster-than-expected recovery and contacted Dr. Adeyeri to perform a second operation to remove the colostomy bag and reconnect her large intestine. (This operation is called a laparoscopic colon resection or laparoscopic colostomy reversal).

“Dr. Adeyeri had saved my life and did so laparoscopically ─ which is amazing,” Debra says. “I felt so comfortable knowing he was going to do the second surgery which would finally get my health back 100 percent.”

Debra says that friends and family have asked her about her advanced larparoscopic surgeon who performed her two complex colon surgeries. 

“I am more than happy to recommend Dr. Adeyeri. He’s always got a smile on his face and he’s truly is an expert at his job. I was in very bad shape but he was never concerned and never doubted I would fully recover. That meant the world to me and my family during this difficult and scary time.”

After a four-day hospitalization after this second surgery, Debra went home to resume her “old life."

Today, she has returned to her full-time job and now looks at life a little differently. “After all that I have been through, I no longer let the little things in life bother me and every day truly feels like a gift that I will never take for granted.”

About Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri

Dr. Adeyeri is a board certified and University of Rochester fellowship-trained advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon. He is on staff at Bayshore Community Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center and CentraState Medical Center.

To schedule a surgical consultation at his office in Holmdel, Old Bridge or Freehold, please call (732) 217 – 3897.

Photo Credit: freedigitalphoto.net - Ohmega1982

  


 

March 11, 2015

Cynthia eliminates her chronic pain and expensive medications after weight loss surgery 

"I am very pleased with my weight loss and health due to Dr. Adeyeri and his health team. I had my weight loss surgery in Oct. 2014 and so far lost over 30 pounds!

Before the surgery, I had health problems related to my weight:

*My BMI was very high


*My cholesterol was high ( I had a heart attack in 2011)


*Blood pressure was rising

*I have osteopenia in my right hip (The extra weight put pressure on my hips and although I did exercise and walking, it was at a minimum.)

Since the surgery I'm off my medications, have no problems walking or exercising :) but most of all--

I feel GREAT!!

Dr. Adeyeri and his team treated me with excellence and with efficient care. They are very kind and had the utmost respect for me.

Thank you Dr. Adeyeri!"

Cynthia Roberson

 ObesityHelp.com - Patient Reviews - March 8, 2015 


 

 

March 2, 2015

Dr. Adeyeri's article on weight loss surgery and the potential to boost fertility is published by My Central Jersey newspapers

"Studies show bariatric weight loss can help fertility"

 

 

  Gannett Newspapers - My Central Jersey 

  

 

 

 


 

March 1, 2015

Determined Jersey Girl battles her way back to health with gastric bypass 

Two years ago, Elaine came to us with a significant battle ahead of her, weighing more than 500 pounds.

Just to be clear on this young woman's determination, she lost well over 300 pounds in the first year alone after her gastric bypass operation.

Based upon her weight and health conditions, Dr. Adeyeri advised her this was the best procedure for her best chance for weight loss victory.

(Don't let anyone tell you Jersey girls aren't tough and determined!)

We were delighted to see this collage which Elaine shared with us on Facebook on her second year anniversary a few weeks ago.

Her post reads, "On March 13 is my 2 year weight loss surgery anniversary.

I have lost an amazing amount of weight. I still have a lot of work ahead of me.

But thanks to Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri he made the process so much easier and with trust goes a long way.

Thank you, and yes I will see you soon Doc!"

 


 February 26, 2015 

Sterling Surgicare's Dietitian's Digest

By Lori Skurbe, MPH, CDE, Sterling Surgicare Dietitian

Sterling Surgicare's bariatric weight loss surgery program here in central New Jersey includes a wealth of support to patients, including working one-on-one with a dietitian who specializes in bariatric health.

Sterling Surgicare's chief dietitian, Lori Skurbe, offers a plethora of helpful advice and useful information for pre- and post-op patients. She also meets, on an as-needed basis, with our patients who have achieved their goal weight.  

Each month, Lori shares up-to-the-minute news and advise to help you keep losing or maintaining your weight. 

The new world of food portion sizing after weight loss surgery

You might have heard the term "portion distortion." It implies that most of us think over-sized portions are "normal" because we are constantly exposed to them.  This is one of the key reasons we are becoming a nation of overweight people.

When our favorite restaurant brings our meal on a platter, this should be a wake-up call that something is not right. But if you are a value-focused consumer, you will certainly return to enjoy another super-sized meal to get the most for your hard-earned money--even if your dinner actually portioned for a family of four...

Now let's to back to reality and do some measuring.

The  images below illustrate the over-sized portion, the healthy serving (for non-bariatric patients) and post- bariatric portion.  

 

After weight loss surgery you can literally fit a meal in the palm of your hand:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

What are the benefits of reducing your portion sizes? Clearly, you are going to save money at the grocery store. Often you can request a child's portion meal or share with a friend when dining out.

Best of all, after you've finished eating, you will get up from the table feeling full, but not stuffed. You have given your body fuel to keep working--not hold it back.


February 20, 2015 

New Jersey bariatric surgeon Dr. Adeyeri is one of the few bariatric surgeons who specializes in duodenal switch weight loss surgery

When you are looking for a doctor to perform weight loss surgery, regardless of the procedure you choose, you want to know that doctor is highly skilled in the traditional operations -- gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and gastric banding (Lap-Band) -- but can also offer more advanced procedures which may be more successful for some patients in the long run.

Duodenal switch surgery is a combination of a gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery.

It is considered one of the more specialized weight loss surgery procedures and is only performed by bariatric surgeons who have successfully undergone procedure-specific training to perform it.

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, with offices in Holmdel, Old Bridge and Freehold, is one of the few bariatric surgeons in the state of New Jersey who specializes in performing this newer operation to achieve a high volume of weight loss.

WHO IS APPROPRIATE FOR DUODENAL SWITCH SURGERY?

Duodenal switch revisional bariatric surgery is sometimes performed as a secondary procedure after a gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy surgery did not achieve the desired overall weight loss the patient hoped to achieve.

This lesser know procedure actually offers the patient the highest opportunity to lose the highest volume of weight loss.

DUODENAL SWITCH KEY FACTS:

*It may reduce hunger significantly.

*You may have nutritional deficiencies and must take multi-vitamins daily

*You will not experience dumping syndrome if you consume sugar.

*You will carefully monitor your diet to ensure you are consuming enough healthy foods.

Duodenal Switches involve stapling about 70 percent of the stomach off and leaving the rest of the stomach connected to the first part of the intestine (the duodenum) which is then re-attached at a lower area of the intestine.

This procedure prevents bile and digestive juices from processing food further down the intestine which results in less caloric absorption. Because of this longer period between eating and digestion of food, the food passes to the colon faster, and the patient doesn't process the full amount of calories he or she normally would have.

Duodenal Switch produces excellent long term weight loss based on clinical reporting up to 70 to 80 percent excess weight loss with long term patient follow-up. Successful bariatric surgery is defined as a procedure that produces more than a 50 percent excess weight loss. Most studies report over 80 percent success rates for duodenal switch patients.

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE 

If you are not satisfied with your original bariatric weight loss surgery outcome, or if you are experiencing bariatric surgery complications, reach out to Dr. Adeyeri and his Sterling Surgicare team for an appointment by calling 732-217-3898 or email us at info@sterlingsurgicare.com.

 


 

February 13, 2015

Sugar is bad for your waistline and even worse for your heart 

By Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, New Jersey-based bariatric surgeon

As the lone male in a household of four other family members, Valentine's Day is, needless to say, a very big deal. But the holiday also reminds me about February being Heart Health month. Since I'm not a cardiologist, most of you might not think I would focus an article on heart health, but I think after you read this information below, you'll see why the best thing you can do for those you love is to forego the sugar.

 I see many people struggling with serious obesity issues, unattractively referred to as ‘morbid obesity’ and ‘metabolic syndrome’. I treat patients who are overweight and battling obesity-related health conditions ─ type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, chronic joint pain and heart disease. Much of the time, these patients tell me their weight issues are due to an addiction to sugar. 

Let’s face it ─ sugar tastes great. And the more you partake, the more you want it. Worst of all, when sugar-laden foods are in competition against vegetables, whole grains and healthy protein, sugar is going to win, hands down.

Sugar contributes to heart disease

Pure white cane sugar has also been proven to play a leading role in heart disease. New studies are showing that sugar cause inflammation that damages the artery walls and leads to plaque ruptures and potentially cardiac arrest, or heart attack. 

For more in depth information, watch the “60 Minutes” segment called “Is Sugar Toxic?” online. It features Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Robert Lustig talking about the fact that pure sugar and high fructose corn syrup is literally killing us by contributing to widespread heart disease and other life-threatening diseases.

So what can we do about it? 

Recommended daily intake 

If you are preparing for, or have undergone weight loss surgery, eating sugar-laden foods isn’t part of your program. But if you have reached your goal weight and are maintaining a healthy weight, The American Heart Association recommends added sugar be limited to no more than 6-7 percent of your total calories. (This does not include naturally occurring sugars found in fruits and dairy products). 
Read your foods ingredients list.

Learn to identify terms that mean added sugars: brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, honey, invert sugar, maple syrup, raw sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, corn sweeteners, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup, malt, molasses, and turbinado sugar, to name a few. 

You can overcome a sugar addiction in less than a week

The good thing about ‘sugar addiction’ is that is can be cured within about 4-5 days after reducing overall sugar intake to below 10 percent a day. After that, you’ll be surprised at the healthier foods you begin to crave instead and your waistline and your heart will thank you! 


 

February 2, 2015 

Dietitian's Digest

By Lori Skurbe, MPH, CDE

Sterling Surgicare Dietician

(Editorial Note: Sterling Surgicare's bariatric weight loss surgery program here in central New Jersey includes a wealth of support to patients, including working one-on-one with a dietitian who specializes in bariatric health.

Sterling Surgicare's dietician, Lori Skurbe, offers a plethora of helpful advice and useful information for pre- and post-op patients. She also meets, on an as-needed basis, with our patients who have achieved their goal weight.

Beginning this month, Lori will be sharing up-to-the-minute news and advise to help you keep losing or maintaining your weight. We know you'll enjoy her inaugural article below):

It's not just you--it's challenging for all of us to break bad habits

I'm pleased and honored to have the opportunity to share some insight with Sterling Surgicare's readers. I meet with many patients every week who are fighting the battle with obesity. Over the years, I've seen many key indicators that most people have to overcome. One of those first battles can be the most difficult to defeat--getting rid of bad habits.

Clearly, most of the bad habits we all have developed over a matter of years, not weeks or months. Therefore, they are not going to disappear in a week.

In fact, even when we think we have finally overcome them, they can still rear their ugly heads when we least expect them to so do.

Recently, the New York Times Money feature provided an intriguing discussion on breaking bad habits and I felt the key points outlined in this article also related to millions of people trying to lose weight.

You can read the article here and I think it offers some great points to keep in mind while anyone tries to break a bad habit.

I hope it offers some sage advice that is helpful to you.



 

January 28, 2015 

Sterling Surgicare "Bariatric Superstars" featured in Raritan Bay Medical Center calendar

The Sterling Surgicare team spied several of our Institute for Weight Loss bariatric SUPERSTARS featured in the new 2015 Raritan Bay Medical Center calendar including:

Debbie Kopcho-Borden Brian Borden (above);

Shavon Price (below):


 and Maryellen Pearson:



January 26, 2015

 

Office Hours Amended Due to Impending Snow Storm in New Jersey

I will be cancelling office hours for tomorrow, Tues., January 27, 2015, due to safety concerns from this storm which is on the way.

Patients scheduled for tomorrow will be rescheduled to next available date which is Friday in either the Freehold office (a.m. appointments) or Old Bridge office (p.m.).

The Sterling office number will still be open for emergencies and inquiries.

Call us today at 217.3897 if you need to change an appointment and, most importantly, stay safe and use caution if you will be shoveling:


*Make shoveling a team effort


*Bend your knees


*Don't pick up too much snow at one time


*Shovel just one side of the driveway, if you can, and deal with the other side later.

Stay safe and sound everyone!

 


 

 

January 8, 2015 

It’s time to place yourself at the top of your priority list

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

The new year is a perfect time for a new mindset, especially one that is focused on improving your own quality of life.

How many times have you told yourself ‘there’s no time to take care of me ─ I’m too busy caring for….’ or ‘there are too many other things to get done first’. While this is a doctrine many of us follow, at some point, it catches up to us when your faced with:

Medical problems because you neglected your health.

Living by ‘life = work’ so there is nothing left at the end of the day.

Significant obesity that has led to chronic health issues. 

Focusing only on everyone else you’re just too exhausted to enjoy life.

Loved ones and even your professional life are bolstered when you feel healthy, inspired and motivated. The world is your oyster and anything can happen. 
How do you find your way to this better quality of life? 

Set aside time every single day to take care of yourself mentally and physically. 

Put yourself at the top of your ‘to-do’ list. 

Relax, exercise, plan healthy meals, just take a deep breath and close your eyes for a few minutes.

Time for a life change? Devise a plan and follow through with it.

This may mean that you have to say "no" when asked to take on a new task or that you need to ask a friend or a family member to help. That’s ok!

If you’re preparing for, engaged in or maintaining weight-loss, it should be at the top of your priority list as well. 

You’ are an important responsibility that needs care and nurturing so you can accomplish all the goals you’ve set.


 

December 29, 2014

Looking back on 2014 to see how far we’ve come 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

I’m sure most of you share my utter shock that 2014 is almost a memory. At the same time, these final days of the year are an ideal time to commemorate the efforts you made to be as healthy as you can be since January.

For some, this may mean just gathering information about all the weight-loss options.

Others may have implemented steps to lose weight in an effort to defeat obesity-related chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and chronic joint pain.

Regardless, it’s time to congratulate yourself -- on the smallest to the biggest steps you made -- to regain health and lengthen your longevity. Do you keep a journal? Read back to January, February or March to see how far you’ve come.

I recently had a patient come to me in tears about how much weight he had gained over the years. We discussed that the purpose of the office visit was not to look back but to celebrate moving forward─in the right direction.

We all face roadblocks throughout life and often it’s the same old obstacle staring us in the face. That’s ok, it’s part of being human. What is important is how you react to that challenge. 

When it comes to obesity, it’s a team sport, in my eyes. While the person losing weight is the quarterback calling the plays, the rest of the team ─ family, friends and people in the healthcare community ─also need to be right there to help you win the game of good health.

So let’s go, grab that goal, lose the weight and get healthy.

Together.

Meanwhile, just because it's still December and we're faced with many unusual food situations, stick to your guns and make the right choices.

It's not about the food any more. It's about you.


December 2014 

Susie W checks in just one week after gastric bypass performed by Dr. Adeyeri 

(Original unedited public quote) 

"I am very happy with Dr. Adeyeri and his staff. I had my Gastric Bypass with him one week ago and everything has gone great. I first met with him in August 2014 and with his guidance and the girls at his office I had my surgery completed on December 11, 2014. Everyone was very helpful and detailed.

Dr. Adeyeri explains everything clearly and takes his work seriously. I feel totally comfortable with him and he listens to what you have to say or concerns. Again, I am super-happy and feel blessed that Dr. Adeyeri is my surgeon. I had never had surgery before and following his rules everything turned out like he said it would.

I would recommend him to anyone I know who needs this type of surgery." 


Via ObesityHelp.com - Doctor Reviews


 

December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

from

Dr. Adeyeri, Mara, Melissa and Lori at Sterling Surgicare

No one means more to us than our patients (who often become our friends!)

We would like to wish all our friends, colleagues and hospital affiliates a wonderful Christmas!

Enjoy these special times and making new memories to remember forever.

A warm 'thank you' to one of our NJ bariatric patients who presented our whole staff with Christmas sweaters which were used to create this lighthearted holiday greeting to share.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


 

November 26, 2014

 The best Thanksgiving gift a bariatric surgeon could ask for

(Jorge Torres shared this message with us on Facebook and generously permitted me to share it here. Jorge has lost 220 pounds to date):

"Wow. I was just reminiscing and am so happy I've changed my life...

The top pic is from Thanksgiving two years ago and the bottom from just a month ago.

The journey is not anywhere near over but I'm headed in the right direction.

THANKS to Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and Central Jersey Bariatrics for helping me change my life.

Happy Thanksgiving!"


November 13, 2014

Keeping your eye focused on the weight-loss prize this holiday season

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

I truly love the holiday season. I finally have a chance to see other very busy friends and even attend a party or two. There’s also more time to enjoy my family and just be together. 


But for those who have undergone bariatric surgery in the past year, the impending holidays can feel like one big Temptation Island.  More than a few of our patients have expressed anxiety about it, and rightfully so. 


So I’d like to share a few words of encouragement─ 

  • Assuming you are post-op, this is the first holiday season of your healthier lifestyle. Perhaps for the first time in years, the focus of holiday celebrations will be on family, fun and good tidings, instead of food and drinks. By shifting attention away from food and toward more meaningful things, you may see the season in a brand new light.

  • In fact, why not shake things up this year? Instead of cooking all those empty calorie recipes, volunteer for an organization that needs your help. After you have donated your time and talent, you’ll feel so much better than if you overindulged on the wrong things and pushed the scale up a few pounds.


Whether you are already our patient here at Sterling Surgicare or just need someone to bounce ideas off, don't wait until you are stressed and begin to do things which offsets your weight-loss mission.


We’re all in this life-changing journey together, even during the holidays.

(Photo Credithttp://blog.myhealtheme.com/ )


November 1, 2014

Dr. Adeyeri was a bariatric surgeon expert interviewed on AM Radio 970  


Dr. Adeyeri shares his expertise answering the questions you need to know if you are interested in weight loss surgery.

He shares practical tips for people considering weight loss surgery and explains how many bariatric patients who originally had the Lap-Band are choosing to change the gastric sleeve or bypass.

If you are very overweight, particularly if you are also suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic joint or sleep apnea, we hope you'll listen and learn more.

Listen to the podcast here: 

https://soundcloud.com/health-navigator-show/health-navigator-11-1-14

If you would like to learn more, call the team at Sterling Surgicare at (732) 217-3897 to schedule a consultation.


October 20, 2014 

STERLING SURGICARE listed as one of four recommended weight-loss surgery centers in NJ by the Asbury Park Press

 

If you are interested in a surgical weight-loss surgery solution here in central New Jersey, where do you start?

The Asbury Park Press has begun devoting much much focus to health and wellness topics, which we certainly commend them for doing. From acute and chronic medical conditions to surgery and new innovations in medicine, they are covering it all, it seems.

One of their newest in-depth articles, "Small Talk: Weight-loss procedures a matter of motivation" by reporter Gina Columbus featured an overview of the "Big Three" bariatric surgeries.

And we are pleased to report that Sterling Surgicare was featured as one of just four recommended surgical weight-loss centers in New Jersey!

Click on the link above to read the complete article. 

 


 October 14, 2014 

How to keep your immune system strong after weight loss surgery

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

Medical Director

Sterling Surgicare

Holmdel, New Jersey

Losing weight after bariatric surgery demands a lot from your body and mind. You are engaged in a completely new way of eating and daily living ─ it’s a big change. During this transformation, the last thing you want is to face a setback due to an acute illness such as flu, cold or other viral infection. 

Being ‘under the weather’ can also derail whatever exercise program you are engaged in ─ and that’s not good either.

Those of us who work in hospitals know several tips and tricks to keep from getting sick by boosting our immune systems. I’d like to pass these ‘insider’ tools on to you:

• Find ways to help lessen stress and do them every day.


Stay hydrated; aim to drink 5 water bottles daily.


Sweat it out. Keep moving and sweating at least 30 minutes daily.


Wash your hands for a full minute, all the time.


Eat foods rich in zinc, such as grass-fed beef, pumpkin seeds and spinach.


Zinc stimulates your body to produce immune-boosting antibodies and overcome cold viruses.


Add vitamin C-rich foods (I favor oranges and bell peppers) to your diet.


Vitamin C stimulates the production of antibodies to fight infections (and lessen cold symptoms).


Super-charge your gut with healthy bacteria just by eating Greek yogurt. 


Go ahead and eat the garlic ─ it’s a potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial weapon. 

 
Germs and sicknesses, in varying degrees, are out there right now ─ but that doesn’t mean you have to fall victim to them. Living a healthy lifestyle every day makes serious chronic diseases and common seasonal bugs less likely to take hold of you.

 

Just like overcoming obesity, it’s another way to boost your quality of life, every single day.

 

October 10, 2014 

Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery opens the door to a new life for busy NJ restaurant chain owner

For 47-year-old Scott Lentini, the decision to undergo weight loss surgery was an easy one. Like many of us, he struggled with weight issues most of his life. Over the years, Scott tried a variety of diets and weight loss plans without lasting success.

He adopted a demanding exercise regime but his low energy level made most physical activity very difficult for him.

Equally challenging, his livelihood revolves around fast food. After seeing the fantastic results achieved by his best friend who had undergone surgery a year earlier, Scott knew that bariatric surgery was the right choice for him.

Like many people struggling with obesity, Scott was dealing with a host of serious and chronic obesity-related illnesses at 250 pounds ─diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.

While he set a personal goal to lose 75 pounds, his main objective was to finally overcome his health problems, get rid of the medications and just feel healthy.

On the road to recovery

To get started, Scott attended a new patient information seminars at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge. He then made an appointment for a private consultation with Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss at the hospital. Scott was impressed with the doctor’s bariatric expertise, professionalism and sincere compassion.


“Dr. Adeyeri was awesome,” says Scott. “He took a lot of time to explain all my options and supported me through the whole process.” Scott received medical clearance to undergo the sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve), a weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach to limit food intake and lessen the sensation of hunger.

Goodbye bottles of medicines, hello new life

Just six months after surgery, Scott had lost the 75 pounds he originally aimed to lose. Just over a year later, he had lost 115 pounds and was actually below the BMI for his height. He no longer needs medication for diabetes, high blood press or high cholesterol and the sleep apnea is a distant (bad) memory.

Scott said since his weight loss surgery in 2012, his father, brother, two friends, a colleague at work and a friend’s daughter have chosen to undergo bariatric surgery.

“I know I’ll never go back to obesity,” says Scott. To help him stay on track he attends a support group meeting monthly at Raritan Bay. “My life is totally different now,” Scott says with a smile. “I have more energy, I sleep through the night and all of my previous health issues are gone. I am a new person. Life is so good.”


 October 6, 2014

Kelly posts her 9-month post-bariatric surgery update 

"Met with my amazing surgeon Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri today.

Down 86 pounds since surgery on 12/26/13 -- that's 43% body fat!!

So thankful for all his kind words and wonderful support."

Kelly Reilly on Facebook


September 24, 2014 

 A surgery patient surprises me with the ultimate gift

One of my patients, Alex, came by the office to thank me for his healthy recovery after I performed gallbladder surgery and a hiatal hernia repair.

As many of my patients know, I love Texas and have always dreamed of owning my very own Stetson.

Now the proud owner of one, I'm inspired to get some good boots to wear with it.

Thank you, Alex, for surprising me with the most perfect gift anyone could ask for!

Very pleased to hear, also, that you continue to feel great!


September 16, 2014

 The Jessica Smith craze for a fun and free work-out

I have a post-op bariatric patient who is using this program as a successful work-out "partner". 

She works from home and saves time and money not needing to rush to make a class at her gym.

"I can do Jessica's workout when it fits my schedule, which can be crazy. She started with about 10 followers and now has about 90,000 followers..."

Jessica Smith is airing her fitness training videos online.

For Free...

Could this work for you?

Here's a little more background about her: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-health-0910-diy-fitness-20140910-story.html#page=1


September 1, 2014

How am I doing?  My surgery patients will tell you... 

As you know, I'm a big fan of the Internet and using social media to talk about medical issues, metabolic disease, obesity and life here in central New Jersey.

  My patients are incredibly generous, particularly my bariatric patients, in sharing their weight loss surgery stories and experiences here on this website and on other social media vehicles, such as ObesityHelp.com, a terrific site that helps people battling obesity to find healthcare resources and support during their weight loss journeys.

And patients use this resource to share their personal experiences with their bariatric surgeons -- here in NJ and across the county. 

I am proud to share that I have 98 patient reviews on this website.  Each of these reviews is studied by me and my entire staff--from my admin team to Lori, my registered dietitian. We care what patients think and feel about our medical care and pre- and post-surgical support.

Patient care is #1 for us--whether you come to Sterling Surgicare for gastric bypass, a gallbladder operation, an appendectomy or even the most complex surgical challenges (which is my specialty).

Thank you for your support and your time posting reviews like these. They truly mean the world to us.

 


August 26, 2014

Gannet Newspapers features Dr. Adeyeri's article about the benefits of weight loss surgery for the younger patient 

MyCentralJersey.com, a subsidiary that produces several daily newspaper throughout NJ including the Asbury Park Press, featured Dr. Adeyeri's article, "Bariatrics for the younger patient" in partnership with the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center, where he serves as medical director. 


August 25, 2014  

My day in the spotlight at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge

As you know, I am very proud to serve as the medical director of central New Jersey's RBMC's Institute for Weight Loss. My role encompasses both performing various weight loss surgery operations (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, lap-band procedures and revisional bariatric surgery ) here as well as helping to grow and expand the breadth of the program that is attracting patients from all over NJ.

As I hope you have seen in the past few years, our advertising program, combined with solid word-of-mouth referrals from our satisfied patients, has helped the IWL become one of the biggest and most sought-out weight loss programs in central NJ.

This morning, I was filmed talking about our successes with the assistance of one of my star patients, Shavon Price, a young woman who is a full-time student and professional who took it upon herself to lose 130 pounds and reach her goal weight.

The RBMC Foundation is celebrating its 112th year as a hospital serving patients from Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Ocean Counties. Our IWL team is honored to be featured for our accomplishments!


August 6, 2014

This Jersey girl takes control of her weight issues with bariatric weight loss surgery and comes out smiling

We never tire of sharing success stories of Sterling Surgicare patients from all over New Jersey -- determined people from Bergen County, Monmouth County down to Hunterdon County -- who have come here to Holmdel to tackle their obesity issues once and for all.

And we never tire of enjoying their 'before and after' shots!

Our very successful bariatric weight loss surgery patient, Adrienne, was kind enough to share this terrific before and after image with us on our Facebook page this morning.

She's a young and full-of-life young woman who decided that she didn't want to her weight to hold her back from the best life has to offer.

She's added a few important words to her post:

"Feeling fabulous. Thank you!"


 July 29, 2014

An unexpected thank you message from a NJ bariatric patient on Facebook

"Today I celebrate my one year anniversary since gastric sleeve surgery.

Thank you Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri and your wonderful 'dream team' . I am still a work in progress. I'm so happy and blessed to have been given a new beginning.

Thank you to an awesome group of "losers" for sharing support and encouragement to push each of us through some not so good days and, for celebrating even the smallest achievements."

L. Sutera, Facebook 


July 23, 2014 

Get by during your weight loss journey with a little help from your (NJ bariatric support group) friends 

Like any of life's challenges, it helps to have people alongside you who understand what you are going through and encourage success and offer some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

That's exactly the purpose of our monthly Bariatric Support Group Meetings held at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center. Pre-and post-op bariatric patients convene with me and our staff dietitians to vent, laugh share, get information and trouble-shoot.

Even if you are just considering lap-band surgery, gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, come by and just listen; ask a question or two.

Immediately after the meeting at 7:30, I host a New Patient Seminar just for people who want to learn more about the process and the difference between the different weight loss surgery operations.

Call the office at 732-217-3897 so we know you'll be coming and I look forward to seeing old friends and new!

Address:

Raritan Bay Medical Center
3 Hospital Plaza
Medical Arts Building, Suite 404
Old Bridge 08857


July 16, 2014 

This bariatric patient doctor review made my day!  

"I am five days into my bariatric gastric bypass surgery and thank the Lord I feel great.

Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is my surgeon and I could not have chosen a more competent surgeon if I scoured the world.

He was right here in my 'own back yard'. My very first meeting with the Dr., I was treated as though I were his only patient, he listened to my questions and concerns and took every bit of the time I needed to have those answers. He never 'sugar coated' anything, and that is exactly what I wanted to hear; what I wished to hear. He went over all of the pros and cons of each different type of surgery and all of the risks in a clear cut, but extremely understandable explanations. His demeanor during further pre-op visits never change, always caring, calming, but always 'on point', again no sugar coating, I was so grateful for that and always left his office sure I was doing the right thing and more importantly, had the right surgeon!

If I could sit for a year and think about anything I may have found negative about MY Dr., it would be a year wasted. He is exactly the kind of Dr. you want to encounter when you finally make a life decision such as bariatric surgery. Plain and simple, the best. I cannot say enough about his office staff, Maya and Melissa are pure angels, always willing to answer a question at each phone call and can be reached any time of the day.

If there is such a thing as being overly helpful, these women are just that, to them, there was never a dumb question and they let you know that.

If you have made the Bariatric decision for yourself, please think about choosing Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri, I promise you, throughout your journey, you will never be disappointed with your choice. He emphasizes a very structured aftercare program, but, it is one that is so easy to fit into you 'new life' lifestyle.

When I first heard it, I thought to myself, "boy, am I going to be able to adhere to this" and when I finally got to the point of having the surgery done, the aftercare was a no-brainer, totally fit into my mindset and my new lifestyle. Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri is the General amongst the army of bariatric surgeons out there, in my opinion the best you can ever hope to find helping you.

Believe me, I am a total research freak, everything I've read about this man came true in my encounters with him, even from the very first!

His competency is far above the normal expectation you want and need in a surgeon, I would recommend him without batting an eye, he truly is, the best!

God bless you Dr. Adeyeri, and thank you for giving me a better quality of life!"

Dr. Adeyeri's 94th Patient Review on ObesityHelp.com


July 11, 2014

Dr. Adeyeri's tips for a safe and speedy recovery after weight loss surgery

Once your bariatric surgery procedure is over, you need to focus on recovering from the operation successfully.

I recommend that my patients follow these basic tips to recover as quickly and safely as possible. Regardless of whether you had the gastric sleeve, bypass or Lap-Band, these tips, along with staying in touch with your medical team, will have you back up and running in no time:


• Plan your recovery


Make sure you have discussed an action plan with your bariatric nurse after you are discharged from the hospital. Find out when you will need to make follow-up office visits and what to do in case of any post-operative issues. Discuss any special equipment, over-the-counter medications, prescriptions or other items you will need to have on hand at home.

Follow the doctor’s orders


Sometimes, the doctor’s orders might seem overly cautious. However, their only goal is to see you recover quickly. Warnings to stay out of water, avoid lifting heavy objects, abstain from driving or not to eat certain foods can protect you from unnecessary pain and complications.

Know warning signs of any post-op complications


Before you head home, ask your doctor and medical team about warning signs you should be aware of that could indicate a problem. While these issues are very rare with weight loss surgery operations, you and your family members need to be aware of signs and symptoms.

• Stay hydrated


Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Aim for about eight glasses. Staying hydrated will aid in the healing process and help return the body to full operating capacity.

• Enjoy a little R & R


Surgery is stressful, so take time to relax and unwind. Is there a movie you’ve been meaning to watch on cable or a book you’ve wanted to read? Now is the time. Call an old friend and catch up. Even treat yourself to an afternoon nap and turn in an hour early.

More often than not, people who have undergone weight loss surgery start to feel better about 4-6 days after the operation, some even sooner. Your healthcare team here at Sterling Surgicare is always here to answer questions or help you in any way. Just call us anytime at (732) 217-3897 or email us your questions at info@sterlingsurgicare.com.


July 1, 2014

Can weight-loss surgery help people with Type 1 Diabetes?

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

Obesity is common in type 2 diabetes but far less common in type 1 diabetes. We already know that people living with type 2 diabetes can lessen or even overcome the disease entirely after having weight-loss surgery. As a bariatric surgeon, we knew this to be true long before the eventual clinical studies confirmed this fact.

But what about people with autoimmune type 1 diabetes?

A recent study, although small in scope, found that bariatric surgery can also improve blood glucose control and heart health for these patients as well. Researchers analyzed data from several weight-loss surgery recipients with type 1 who had a pre-surgical average body mass index (BMI) of 46 (i.e. a person who is 5-foot-8 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds).

Three years after surgery, these study participants had lost 60 percent or more of excess body weight, improved cholesterol and blood pressure, lowered their A1Cs from 10 to 8.9 percent on average, and cut their insulin use by 50 percent.

The American Diabetes Association reported in their own small study that “gastric bypass surgery not only leads to a significant and maintained weight-loss in type 1 diabetic patients, but also results in remarkable improvement in metabolic control (absolute reduction in HbA1c of 3–4%) and concomitant disorders.”

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes and is significantly overweight, I encourage you to share this information, as appropriate.  

 


June 24, 2014

Weight loss Surgery: Join me for an informative seminar to explore your options

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow evening's seminar at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.

After our exclusive Bariatric Support Group Meeting starting at 6 pm (all are welcome!), I'll be talking with pre-op patients and other people who just want to learn more about the different bariatric proceduresgastric sleevegastric bypasslap-band and revision surgery.

It's also a terrific opportunity to ask me questions directly about the process and why it could finally be the weight loss solution you have been looking for. Bring along your support team!

We warmly welcome you, supportive friends and family members:

 Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Support Group Meeting: 6 - 7 pm

New Patient Information Seminar: 7-8 pm

Raritan Bay Medical Center

3 Hospital Plaza (Off Ferry Road)

Medical Arts Building, Suite 404,

Old Bridge, Middlesex County 08857

Pre-register by calling (732) 217-3897.

 Hope to meet you Wednesday night and bring your questions!


June 1, 2014

Jackie says 'thank you' to Dr. Adeyeri 200+ pounds later

Here's why I love my job:  I stopped by my Facebook page to discover this message from Jackie Cobilla, my bariatric patient since 2012:  

"Hi Dr. Adeyeri,

Just wanted you to know you will always be a hero in my eyes. You gave me back my life. I have lost over 200 lbs since my surgery on May 23,2012. I feel 95 percent better then when I first went to see you. I feel so much energy now I can enjoy my grandkids.

I have just been blessed with my 13th grandbaby on May 8th and have moved on with my life living in Florida soaking up all the sun. If any one asks me about weight loss surgery I know that I would highly recommend it. It took me over 20 yrs of being sick and always tired, not being able to play with my grand babies to finally get up enough courage to walk through your doors.

You made me feel so comfortable and understood what I felt. You are my guardian angel in my eyes. Thank you once again for giving me my life back."

 


 May 19, 2014

Ten tips to help 'Bariatric Warriors' win the war against obesity 

By Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD

Once you have undergone weight-loss surgery and slowly added regular food back into your diet, you will find that between support group meetings and office visits, you are increasingly “on your own”.

During this time, I’d like to offer some important tools and tips to keep you on track when it’s just you, your weight-loss plan…and your kitchen. 

Post these tips on your refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror or on your mobile device of choice. Review it every morning and night and when you are waiting in line.

As a Bariatric Warrior, I will :

1. Eat a protein-rich breakfast every day.


2. Be on guard for hidden starches (carbohydrates).


3. NOT SNACK unless it is time for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.


4. For the first six months after surgery, go easy on dining out.


5. Make exercise your new best friend. Find something you like and move at least 30 minutes daily.


6. Plan out your meal and exercise strategy in advance every day.


7. Log your food and exercise.


8. Get your vitamin routine set so you never forget a day.


9. Reach out for ongoing support from friends, family, co-workers and other “bariatric warriors”.


10. Give yourself a daily pat on the back for your hard work, courage and strength.


Finally, remember that no one is perfect and that we all make mistakes, mess up, get off track.

As a warrior engaged in fighting a battle against obesity, you know the secret to winning the war is to regroup and get back in the fight.

 This is a war you are going to win, once and for all.

Need some extra inspiration from other who have fought the same battle? Read our Patient Experiences.

 


May 13, 2014

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