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March 4th – the only day that is also a sentence. Today we ask you to march forth and discover how bariatric surgery can change your life. The benefits go beyond losing weight:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Improve obstructive sleep apnea
  • Defeat depression
  • Conquer joint pain
  • Achieve long-term remission for Type 2 diabetes

Recent research shows that weight-loss surgery can also lower the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive care needs. The procedure has become increasingly popular during the pandemic. Many people are moving forward recognizing that is a safe, proactive measure against severe COVID-19 infection.


According to the CDC, having obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19. Obesity increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes, all of which can lead to poor outcomes after contracting the coronavirus.

Researchers believe that the increased risk for obese patients may stem in part from the way the coronavirus enters the body via an enzyme called the ACE2 receptor. Advisory Board explains, “This enzyme is located in cells that line the lung and fat tissue, which means that patients with excess weight may be more likely to experience a high viral load.” Obesity-related hyperinflammation and shortness of breath also make it difficult to combat the virus.

Understanding the research connecting obesity and the coronavirus, how does COVID-19 impact those who have had bariatric surgery?

Identifying individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 and also had prior history of weight-loss surgery, the Cleveland Clinic conducted a study to learn if hospitalization rates would vary compared to a control group. The latter consisted of individuals with a body mass index of 40 or higher who also tested positive with the virus. Only 18% of patients in the weight-loss surgery group required hospitalization compared to 42% in the control group. “In addition, 13% of patients in the control group required ICU admission, 7% required mechanical ventilation, and 2.4% died.” None of these occurred for those who had bariatric surgery.

The Cleveland Clinic confirmed, “Patients after bariatric surgery become significantly healthier and can fight the virus better.”

March forth today and learn how New York Bariatric Group can change your life.


When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around and our numbers prove it:

  • 20 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 1 Plastic Surgeon, and 13 PA’s
  • 18,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q&A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 20 years of success!

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

New York Bariatric Group is implementing and enforcing strict guidelines put out by the Center of Disease Control and the Department of Health in order to keep our staff and patients safe.

We are offering in-person and virtual consultations to ensure that everyone is able to get the information and care they deserve without feeling pressure to leave their home.





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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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