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Laparoscopic Gastric Band Surgery

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Dr. Goldstein is proud to offer the LAP-BAND System for weight loss in south Jersey - an innovative, safe, and effective surgical intervention for obese adult patients who have repeatedly failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as supervised diet, drugs, exercise, and behavior-modification programs. The LAP-BAND System creates an earlier feeling of fullness and limits food consumption, resulting in nutritionally sound and lasting weight loss. The LAP-BAND System is an adjustable band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be consumed and to create a longer feeling of satiety.


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The LAP-BAND is placed laparoscopically without cutting or stapling of the stomach or gastrointestinal re-routing to bypass normal digestion. The procedure is safer and less invasive than other obesity surgeries and can afford the same degree of weight loss. It is also the only adjustable and reversible option for patients. To date over 600,000 patients worldwide have undergone the LAP-BAND System procedure. Dr. Goldstein has personally performed over 1000 Lap-Band operations to date and is the most experienced LAP-BAND surgeon in both Camden and Burlington counties of New Jersey.


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The procedure is being offered as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to the evaluation and management of bariatric patients, in cooperation with several different experienced bariatric professionals. The comprehensive program includes medical, psychological, nutritional, physiological, and emotional support for patients that have undergone the LAP-BAND operation.


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Dr. Goldstein is proud to be able to offer his patients several different options for pre-operative and post-operative care, ranging in cost. His patients are required to enroll in a bariatric support program, as Dr. Goldstein knows patients do best when enrolled in such a program, but the choice of which program they enroll in, and which hospital they choose to have their surgery at, is up to the patient. Most bariatric surgeons are not able to offer this choice.


If you are concerned about the cost of weight loss surgery, be sure to attend one of Dr. Goldstein's private, free, no obligation, informational lectures, and he will explain the different options available to you.


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Free informational lectures
are offered each month for patients interested in learning more about the procedure. There is absolutely no obligation to make an appointment to see Dr. Goldstein in the office in order to attend the seminar, nor is there any obligation to purchase any products. The lecture is given by Dr. Goldstein himself in an effort to inform those patients that may be considering the different forms of weight loss surgery about the operation.


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Dr. Goldstein's office accepts most forms of insurance for the LAP-BAND System procedure. If your insurance company does not provide coverage for weight loss surgery, the office can make payment options available for you.


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Please print and fill out the Bariatric Surgery Appointment Form if you are scheduled to see Dr. Goldstein in the office about Lap-Band surgery, and bring it with you to your appointment.


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What makes Dr. Goldstein different from the other bariatric surgeons you may have researched?

Dr. Goldstein is fellowship trained in bariatric surgery. This means he spent a year of his surgical training specifically treating patients suffering from obesity. He has been trained by surgeons who initially trialed the Lap-Band system in the United States, and therefore has the knowledge and experience to identify and avoid problems that other less experienced surgeons can miss.

Dr. Goldstein is experienced at performing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, Lap-Band surgery, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery and understands the differences not only between the operations, but also between the challenges and lifestyle changes the different patients face. He is an expert at helping those patients who choose to undergo Lap-Band surgery achieve their goals without confusing them with information meant for gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy patients.

Dr. Goldstein performs all of the operations himself. There are no surgery fellows, residents, or students performing the operations under his guidance or assisting him in the operating room. Dr. Goldstein only uses a second attending surgeon or certified professional surgical assistant to assist him with the surgery. This is in stark contrast to many of the training institutions around the nation, where junior surgeons learning to do the procedure are performing the operations.

Dr. Goldstein performs all types of advanced laparoscopic surgery and is prepared to handle any situation that may arise in the operating room. Many bariatric surgeons have limited their practice only to weight loss surgery, and thus have not performed other abdominal operations for quite some time. You can rest assured that Dr. Goldstein still maintains all of his surgical skills and credentials, and can offer his patients proper and experienced treatment for a wide array of abdominal problems.

Dr. Goldstein lives in Voorhees, New Jersey with his wife and three children and has established himself in the area. Many bariatric surgeons leave patients wondering if they will be around a few years down the road. “What if my surgeon leaves the area? Whom will I turn to for follow-up care and subsequent Lap-Band adjustments?” Dr. Goldstein has no intention of changing his practice location for the duration of his surgical career.

Dr. Goldstein performs all of his Lap-Band adjustment procedures under fluoroscopy – or live x-ray. This means he is able to offer his patients the following three specific advantages over most other weight loss surgeons:

   1.   He is able to access the Lap-Band port under direct vision without the risk of blindly puncturing the Lap-Band tubing and causing a leak. A leak in the Lap-Band system requires further surgery to correct.

   2.   He is able to assure the patient that the Lap-Band is still in the proper position, just as he inserted it at the time of the initial operation, and that there is no sign of early Lap-Band slippage or dilation of the pouch of stomach above the Lap-Band. This helps the patient modify any potentially bad behavior before it leads to problems only corrected by undergoing additional surgery.

   3.   He is able to adjust the band to the exact degree of tightness around the stomach in order to afford the patient the optimal degree of restriction from the Lap-Band. This means the patient will actually see on the fluoroscopy screen precisely how tight their band is at the time of the adjustment. There is no question as to whether the amount of fluid instilled into the Lap-Band is enough, or too much. This is something that physicians who perform adjustments in their office cannot achieve.


The bottom line is that Dr. Goldstein is an expert in his field. He performs the surgery and follow-up with the dedication patients not only desire, but require, in order to succeed at achieving lasting weight loss.



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