The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center offers a wide range of minimally invasive weight loss surgery options. The Metabolic Surgery Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center offers endoscopic procedures, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, and laparoscopic revisional procedures.
The program is led by Dr. Alan A. Saber and a multidisciplinary team of dietitians, primary care providers, psychiatrists and psychologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, radiologists and emergency medicine physicians, all working together to ensure a successful procedure and long-lasting results.
My aim is to provide those who have been struggling to successfully lose weight with minimally invasive surgical options that will help them reach their weight loss goals and resolve many of their related health issues, such as Type 2 Diabetes,” said Dr. Saber, Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “Several studies have shown that metabolic surgery can successfully resolve or improve Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, asthma, sleep apnea, and decrease heart disease risk.”
Dr. Saber and Catherine Wong, MS, RD, CDN, nutritionist, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, at Newark Beth Israel offer their patients the following top-ten ways to keep the weight off after surgery.
1. Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water and/or sugar-free drinks a day.
2. Avoid hidden calories. Beverages such as fruit juice, soda, cocktails, beer and wine often contain sugars that can sabotage an otherwise healthy diet.
3. Stay active. Dr. Saber and Catherine Wong recommend exercising for 30-45 minutes every day for at least 5 days a week, to keep the weight off.
4. Choose healthy cooking techniques. It’s always better to bake or broil foods rather than frying items in oils, which can add calories to your meal.
5. Practice mindful eating. If you chew your food at least 20-30 times with each bite you will eat less.
6. Write it down. Keep track of what you are eating by using a food diary. There are also many health apps available to help you keep track of your food intake, calories and activities.
7. Cut calories. Before surgery, Dr. Saber and Catherine Wong recommend that the average woman consume about 1800 calories a day and the average man consume about 2,200 calories a day to prepare for life after the procedure when calorie intake is reduced even further.
8. Be prepared. Preparing your meals ahead of time has been shown to improve portion control and help reduce calorie intake.
9. Eat your veggies. No diet is complete without a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables. They recommend filling half of your plate with vegetables and eating at least two fruits a day.
10. Be consistent. Maintaining a consistent diet and exercise plan is the most effective way to ensure a successful weight loss result.
“My aim is to provide those who have been struggling
to successfully lose weight with minimally invasive surgical options…”
Dr. Saber joins Newark Beth Israel from The Brooklyn Hospital Center/Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, where he served as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director of the Weight loss Center, and clinical professor of surgery. Prior to his work at Brooklyn Hospital, he was Director of Metabolic Surgery at Case Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH and Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery at Michigan State University.
Dr. Saber earned his medical degree, with honors, from Alexandria University School of Medicine in Alexandria, Egypt. He completed his Surgical Residency at Alexandria University School of Medicine and his General Surgery residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Saber’s expertise extends to 18 years of excellence in Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has performed more than 4000 minimally invasive weight loss procedures including Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Laparoscopic revisional bariatric surgery. He sits on the editorial boards of Obesity Surgery, Bariatric Times, and Surgical Techniques Development, Global Journal of Surgery; he is also a frequent national and international lecturer on bariatric surgery. Over the years Dr Saber has served as the Presiding Officer for numerous sessions at the American College of Surgery Annual Clinical Congress. Dr Saber was also the Chair, Moderator, and co-moderator at various Obesity week and Obesity weekend events.
He received numerous honors and awards in recognition of his contribution in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Dr. Saber has more than 200 publications, presentations, and book chapters.
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