Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 1, 2012
Contact : Joyce McFadden, VP Marketing and Public Relations  

Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean Offers New Surgical Weight Loss Option


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Bariatrics Center has introduced the “Sleeve Gastrectomy” procedure to its surgical weight-loss options for patients. “Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure that offers an excellent alternative to both gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding,” says Southern Ocean bariatric surgeon Jonathan Reich, M. D.

“Sleeve gastrectomy works mainly by reducing stomach volume. During this procedure 80 to 85 percent of the stomach is removed leaving a long vertical “sleeve” that is shaped like a banana. And the portion of the stomach that is removed contains cells that produce a hunger hormone, Ghrelin. By decreasing Ghrelin production a person’s appetite is markedly reduced,” explains Dr. Reich.

“Also, by creating the smaller pouch, a sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time so the patient feels full sooner and stays full longer. This procedure allows for normal digestion and absorption. Food passes through the digestive tract in the usual order, allowing it to be fully absorbed in the body,” adds Dr. Reich.

Dr. Reich was one of the first people in the country to perform the sleeve procedure when he was doing his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He introduced the procedure to Southern Ocean earlier this year. The Southern Ocean Center for Bariatrics was already offering patients the options of gastric banding or gastric bypass.

“Making the choice as to what procedure is best is really what the patient is comfortable with,’ says Dr. Reich. “ All three procedures will get good results if performed at a ‘Center of Excellence’ where the risk is low. We are proud that The Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean received the Center of Excellence designation over a year ago.

“We work hard to educate our patients on each procedure and the patient is actively involved in the decision making process,” says Dr. Reich. The Southern Ocean Center for Bariatrics also hosts free informative seminars in the community where individuals can learn about the options in weight loss surgical procedures and begin the conversation of which option might be best for them. Anyone interested may call 1-800-DOCTORS for the current times and locations of bariatric seminars.