More than an Alternative, Bariatric Surgery Often the Best Option for Long-term Weight Loss

Seth Kipnis, M.D.
Medical Director, Center for Weight-Loss Surgery
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

You may already know about the benefits and advantages of bariatric surgery as a treatment option for obesity. What you may not know, however, is that for the majority of patients struggling with weight-loss, bariatric surgery is more than an option, it’s the best option.

“For the majority of people struggling with obesity, weight loss surgery is the healthiest, safest and most reliable option,” says Seth Kipnis, M.D., medical director of the Center for Weight-Loss Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  “The procedure is not new. It’s not rare. And when compared to other expensive weight-loss plans with a high, long-term failure rate, it’s more affordable and gives you a much better chance at success.”

The majority of individuals affected by severe obesity are resistant to long-term weight-loss through diet and exercise alone. For these individuals, the ability to maintain weight-loss is nearly impossible by any means other than metabolic and bariatric surgery. In addition, weight-loss surgery is effective in helping patients maintaining long-term weight-loss, in part, because bariatric procedures offset certain factors that often contribute to weight regain after dieting, such as energy expenditure and appetite.

Weight-loss surgery has about a 70-80% success rate, and patients can easily go online and determine whether or not they are eligible for the procedure.

Factors determining eligibility for weight-loss surgery include:

•    Body Mass Index (BMI)
•    Obesity-related health conditions
•    Ability (or inability) to sustain period(s) of healthy weight loss

“By far the most common thing I hear from patients after surgery is, ‘I wish I had done this sooner,’” says Dr. Kipnis.

Join Dr. Kipnis for an upcoming seminar on the benefits of weight-loss surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. For more information, please call 1-800-560-9990 or visit for a complete list of upcoming dates and locations.