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Welcome to ASA’s In The Know Blog

We strive to make our website the go-to resource for both existing bariatric surgery and general surgery patients but also to those interested in learning more about surgery and if it is right for them. As part of that dedication, the posts below address many of the most common questions, concerns and considerations our patients have as well as practical tips and advance to make surgery safer and aftercare smoother.

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When Does Hernia Pain Become a Problem?

Hernias come in different forms and locations in the abdomen. Some have lower risk of complications while others require immediate care. All symptomatic hernias will eventually need to be repaired surgically – the operative word here is symptomatic. Why? Because … Continue reading

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Tips for Avoiding Discomfort After Your Gallbladder Removal

Gallbladder removal, also known as a cholecystectomy, is a very common surgical procedure in the United States and around the world. Millions of people have their gallbladders removed either due to disease or symptomatic gallstones. In the hands of an … Continue reading

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Why Does Insurance Take So Long to Approve Bariatric Surgery?

The insurance process can vary between patients and insurance companies…even policies, but rarely is the process a short one. First, patients and providers are like have to deal with insurance companies that are pressed for time and may not be … Continue reading

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Days 13 to 14 of the Pre-op Bariatric Diet

Well, it’s the last two days of my pre-op bariatric diet and I have to say that I’m both excited and a little sad to see it come to an end. This journey has shown me that when you have … Continue reading

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The Staggering Cost of Diabetes in the US

We’ve updated our blog post on the cost of diabetes as it has been almost a decade since broaching the topic! The statistics we used from back in 2007, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association, pegged the total cost of … Continue reading

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Days 9 to 12 of the Pre-op Bariatric Diet

Menu Day 9 Breakfast – protein shake plus hot tea and water through the morning Lunch – fat free cream of chicken soup Snack – 40 calorie ice pop Dinner – protein shake, avocado, hot tea and chicken broth 8 … Continue reading

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Days 5 to 8 of the Pre-op Bariatric Diet

I’m really liking my low fat or fat free cream of chicken soup as you can probably see. I look forward to my soup, but everyone is different. You may want to change up the kind of soup you have … Continue reading

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Considerations of Repairing a Hernia When Pregnant

We know that the risk of developing a hernia is greater when abnormal pressure is placed on the abdominal wall. And rarely is more pressure placed on the abdomen than during pregnancy. Indeed, during this time there is a risk … Continue reading

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The First 4 Days of the Pre-op Bariatric Diet

The first 48 hours on a liquid diet is the most challenging. You will be very hungry until your body induces ketosis. Ketosis occurs when the amount of carbohydrate fuel (fuel that is needed to run the body) drops below … Continue reading

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Introduction to Our 2-week Pre-Op Diet

Hi, my name is Kathy Kapner and I’m the bariatric coordinator here at Advanced Surgical Associates. One of our patients’ biggest concerns is their diet before and after bariatric surgery. I am not a bariatric surgery patient, but I do … Continue reading

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When Does Abdominal Pain Require Surgery?

We all get aches and pains in the abdomen for a multitude of reasons. Usually, this discomfort goes away rapidly or we can pinpoint the cause based on recent events. However, there is a fine line between benign abdominal pain … Continue reading

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How to Maintain or Lose Weight During the Holidays

It can be very tough to keep your weight in check during the holidays. There’s just so much going on. Whether it’s the stress of hosting a gathering, or the food and drink temptations at every turn, it takes a … Continue reading

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Advanced Surgical Associates is one of the first exclusively surgical groups practicing in Union County New Jersey. And that is just the first of many firsts for ASA. For over 40 years, we have pioneered breakthrough surgical patient care in North Jersey in both general and weight loss surgery. ASA also offers gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding to those suffering from obesity in New Jersey.
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