Center for Advanced Weight Loss

Center for Advanced Weight Loss

Excess weight can put your health at risk. Obesity is a life-threatening disease affecting 1 in 3 of all adults in the United States. The Center for Advanced Weight Loss offers a comprehensive approach that includesfitness programs,nutrition counseling,medically supervised weight lossand a variety of surgical and minimally invasive options. If surgery is ultimately needed, Hunterdon Medical Center offers many options, including gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. All of your pre- and post-operative care can be accessed through the Hunterdon Healthcare System.

We offer a multidisciplinary team of registered dietitians, clinical psychologists and board certified physicians to meet your needs and help you develop an individualized weight loss plan. The Circle of Care refers to not only the services that the Center for Advanced Weight Loss offers to patients but also the coordination of care among those services.

Because of our comprehensive Advanced Weight Loss Circle of Care, coordinated care and convenient locations, the Hunterdon Healthcare System is the best choice for all of your weight loss needs.

Open Versus Minimally Invasive Surgery

Surgery Techniques
Bariatric surgery has been performed for decades. For most of those years, surgeons performed bariatric surgery using an open technique, which required a long incision and traditional medical instruments. 

As medical technology evolved, the laparoscopic or minimally invasive technique was introduced and widely adopted. Using the minimally invasive technique, a surgeon performs the same operation, but creates several ¼ to ½ inch incisions and uses long-handled instruments. This technique is associated with faster recovery, less pain and less scarring.

Both approaches have similar success rates in reducing excess weight and improving or resolving health concerns.


Not all patients are candidates for the laparoscopic approach, just as not all bariatric surgeons are trained to perform this less-invasive method.

In some patients, the laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, technique cannot be used. Here are reasons why you may have an open procedure, or that may lead your surgeon to switch from laparoscopic to open:

  • - Prior abdominal surgery that has caused dense scar tissue
  • - Inability to see organs
  • - Bleeding problems during the procedure

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery recommends that only surgeons who are experienced in both laparoscopic and open bariatric procedures should perform laparoscopic bariatric surgery.

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