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Winning through Losing: A Weight Loss Surgery Podcast


Listen as Dr. Michael Bilof and Dr. Basil Yurcisin deliver the information you need about bariatric surgery and weight loss.

Listen as Dr. Michael Bilof and Dr. Basil Yurcisin deliver the information you need about bariatric surgery and weight loss.


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Listen as Dr. Michael Bilof and Dr. Basil Yurcisin deliver the information you need about bariatric surgery and weight loss.




Super Foods to Keep Your Immune System Strong

In normal times, and especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, having a strong immune system can help you stay healthy. So what are some superfoods that can keep your immune system strong? We find out today with Karla Hamal, a Registered Dietician at Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness Center.


Covid 19 and Obesity

Dr. Michael Bilof explains why COVID-19 affects those with obesity, why treatment might be more difficult, and how those who suffer from obesity can protect themselves from the virus.


Ask the PA – What You REALLY Want to Know About Bariatric Surgery

What do you really want to know about bariatric surgery? Bella Baum, Surgical Physician Assistant, discusses bariatric surgery.


Exercise After Bariatric Surgery

How important is exercise after bariatric surgery? Michael Caromano, physicians assistant, discusses exercise after surgery.


Meet Jessica: A Patient Story

Jessica Zamot, Front Office Coordinator at Garden State Bariatrics and Wellness, discusses watching patients on their journeys, along with sharing her personal experience with bariatric surgery.


The Hospital Experience

Your bariatric surgery will involve a hospital stay. Jenifer Stein, Program Navigator for Bariatric and Colorectal Surgery Programs, discusses what to expect from your hospital stay.


The Importance of Support Groups

Support groups can help you through your bariatric surgery. Jenifer Stein, Program Navigator of Bariatric and Colorectal Surgery Programs, explains how support groups benefit patients.


Meet Lucy

Lucy DelGaudio was physically active and served in the military. PTSD led to comfort eating. Hypertensive and pre-diabetes diagnoses prompted Lucy to seek change. Lucy shares her story of life after bariatric surgery.


The Importance of Protein and Vitamins

Bariatric surgery is life changing. In order to find optimal success, one must be mindful of nutrition for life following surgery. Wynnie Hoodis, registered dietician, discusses the importance of protein and vitamins after bariatric surgery.


Preparing for Surgery

Once you've decided to have bariatric surgery, an expert will guide you on the preparation for surgery. Testing, clearances and insurance all play a role. Julie Mulch, Surgical Coordinator, discusses how to prepare for bariatric surgery.


Co-morbidities Associated with Obesity and Post-Surgical Health Improvements

Obesity can come with a whole host of other health issues. A co-morbidity is the presence of two or more chronic conditions in a patient. For those who are obese, comorbidities could include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, gout, osteoarthritis and more. Dr. Michael Bilof discusses comorbidities that can be impacted by obesity, plus how those comorbidities can improve after surgery.


Meet Dr. Bilof

Dr. Michael Bilof founded Garden State Bariatrics in April 2007. His vision was to offer lifesaving solutions for individuals with obesity and related diseases. In this short podcast, Dr. Bilof shares his personal story and his desire to improve lives with his skills in bariatric surgery.


Nutrition Tips for Bariatric Patients

Surgery is a tool and must be coupled with ongoing lifestyle changes to support immediate and lifelong success and sustain a medically healthy weight. The GSBWC in-house nutritional program provides the counsel, support and expertise needed for pre and post-surgery support. Wynnie Hoodis, MS, RDN, shares important information about good nutrition for patients undergoing bariatric surgery.


The Importance of Label Reading for Smart Grocery Shopping

It is very important for people trying to lose weight to gather information on the products they are eating. Food labels can help you determine the nutritional content of a food item. You can use them to compare different items by using the Nutrition Facts label to choose the healthier option. Wynnie Hoodis, MS, RDN, provides great tips to label reading and grocery shopping for severely overweight people that are considering or undergoing bariatric surgery.


Meet Dr. Basil Yurcisin

Dr. Basil Yurcisin is a seasoned bariatric and general surgeon, trained at one of the world’s top fellowship programs in bariatrics and minimally invasive surgery. Listen in and get to know Dr. Yurcisin, one of GSBW top surgeons.


The ReShape Balloon for Weight Loss

Garden State Bariatrics is now offering the ReShape Dual Balloon procedure to eligible patients. The gastric balloon is inserted into the stomach through the month and filled with saline. This will reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold which in turn leaves the patient feeling full faster. You can leave this in the stomach for six months. Dr. Basil Yurcisin shares who might be a good candidate for this procedure, the benefits and how it can help jumpstart your weightloss journey.


The Importance of Post-op Compliance

After you've had any surgery or procedure, it's extremely important to comply with your post-op instructions. Your post-op care is crucial and can determine how long the healing process can take. Dr. Basil Yurcisin discusses why complying with post-op care is essential and why you should follow instructions carefully.


What You Need to Know About Gastric Bypass Surgery

If you are considering weight loss surgery, Gastric Bypass surgery may be right for you. Dr. Michael Bilof discusses the Gastric Bypass procedure and what you can expect if this is the procedure you choose for your weight loss journey.


Duodenal Switch Surgery

The duodenal switch (DS) may be the most effective bariatric treatment for improving diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and sleep apnea. Dr. Michael Bilof discusses the duodenal switch and how it results in more weight loss than any other procedure.


The Gastric Sleeve

The advent of the gastric sleeve as an insurance-approved procedure for weight loss surgery took place in early 2010. Garden State Bariatrics has offered the gastric sleeve since its approval in 2010 and considers it one of the newest, best tools out there for long term permanent weight loss. In this fascinating segment Dr. Basil Yurcisin, discusses the gastric sleeve procedure for weight loss and how it is certainly one of our specialties.