Dr. H. Joseph Naim discusses why patients should consider having their bariatric procedures at a hospital rather than a surgicenter.
The banding operations these days are done as an outpatient. So we have surgical centers or the hospitals that we can do the operation in, and most patients go home the same day. Obviously, the hospital has more equipment, more facilities, and if there’s a need for overnight stay, it’s already there.
In terms of the stapling operation, like the sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, they are always done in the hospital facility because they require one to two nights’ hospital stay. I only work with the hospitals that are known as the Center of Excellence. We have Tri-City Hospital, which is known as a Center of Excellence. What that means is that the hospital has shown to have a high volume with very good results. Therefore, not only, I have a lot of experience, the anesthesiologist has experience, the nurses have experience, the radiologists have experience. We have a whole system, whole alleys of different specialties like psychologists, dietitian, cardiologist, pulmonologist, endocrinologist available in the hospital. Every day they can come and visit the patient as needed.
That’s important because most patients that have morbid obesity not only do they have a struggle with the weight, they also have multiple medical problems like diabetes, like high blood pressure, like sleep apnea, so they are at a little bit higher risk compared to healthy people. So we like to cover all the aspects to make sure that everybody goes through the procedure safely and everybody goes back to the family the same night or after one to two night and they enjoy the rest of the life with the family, with the kids.
About Dr. H. Joseph Naim, M.D.:
Dr. Naim received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with distinction in research with departmental honors. He then completed his medical training at prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. This was followed with four years of training in general surgery, which concluded with an additional year as Chief Surgical Resident at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. His interest in weight loss surgery took him to another year of fellowship training in University Medical Center in Princeton, under direction of world renowned bariatric surgeon, Robert E. Brolin, M.D.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension
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Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery