Bariatric Surgery South Jersey - Weight loss Philadelphia - Louis Balsama

Major Services

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass is a separation of the stomach into a small pouch and a bypassed, non-functioning remnant, lowering absorption.

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Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Sleeve Gastrectomy consists of  removing the side of the stomach, while retaining a sleeve for normal digestion.

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Lap-Band® Surgery

In Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND® surgery) a band is secured around part of the stomach, restricting food intake.

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Revision Surgery

Revision bariatric surgery is an additional weight loss surgery to convert one bariatric procedure to another.

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Successful Surgeries

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  • Ann Marie Bariatric Surgery Patient
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  • Diane Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Patient
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    Leah

Things to Know

It really depends on your insurance company. Some insurance companies ask for your historical weights, others want you to be involved with nutritional counseling for a few months before surgery is approved. The easiest way to figure this out is to call your insurance company and ask for their criteria.

This varies depending on the type of surgery performed. Average weight loss for Gastric Bypass patients is 70% of the patient’s excess body weight in the first year (ex: 70 pounds if someone starts at 100 pounds overweight). Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy produces results that are close to this (60-70% of excess body weight in the first year, on average), and Lap-Band surgery is considerably lower (40-50% of excess body weight in the first year).

We ask patients to do a two week pre-op diet for two reasons. First, it allows the patient to become comfortable with the diet they will need to adopt after surgery. Secondly, it shrinks the liver to allow for an easier surgery. Most patients lose 15-40 pounds on this diet prior to surgery! (This does not affect insurance coverage for the surgery. Don’t worry!)

A Note from Dr. Balsama

I’ve been lucky enough to have served a great number of patients in the South Jersey area. They have inspired me and continue to create success stories. They have made my job and my life very enjoyable, and I hope to continue to showcase their accomplishments and my pride in them!

Dr. Louis Balsama D.O.

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