December 12, 2017
Board certified and fellowship trained General Surgeon Karl Strom, M.D., FACS, is medical director of the new Center for Bariatric Surgery
Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy recently opened the Center for Bariatric Surgery under the medical direction of board certified and fellowship trained General Surgeon Karl Strom, M.D., FACS. Designed for people struggling with weight loss through diet and exercise, and having accompanying health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, joint pain, and others, the new service offers a safe and healthy option to lose weight and keep it off.
“Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. and, as we see in our community health needs assessment surveys, continues to be prevalent in our community,” says Raritan Bay Medical Center President Michael R. D’Agnes. “The consequences of obesity are serious; high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of stroke, all result from being greatly overweight. I’m proud of the comprehensive nature of our new Center for Bariatric Surgery, which enables our patients to have lifelong success with weight loss.”
Bariatric surgery or “weight-loss surgery” can be done utilizing one of three different procedures; Lap-Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, or Gastric Bypass, based on what is best for each patient. After surgery, patients can expect to lose an average of three to six pounds a week as a result of being satisfied with smaller portions of food.
“Bariatric surgery is a tool, not a cure. For it to be effective long term, it must be accompanied by lifestyle changes, including getting regular exercise and following a healthy diet,” says Dr. Strom. “That’s where our multidisciplinary team, including experienced surgeons, nutritionists and psychologists, comes in. We create customized care plans based on our individual patients. Careful evaluation before surgery and continuous education and support after surgery enable our patients to realize outstanding lifelong outcomes.”
Dr. Strom is also medical director of the Center for Bariatrics at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Bayshore Medical Center, Mountainside Medical Center, and Southern Ocean Medical Center. The new center complements the similar Institute for Weight Loss program at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge. Hackensack Meridian Health also has bariatric programs at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center and Pascack Valley Medical Center.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.