Why We’re So Thankful for Weight-Loss Surgery This Thanksgiving

At NYBG, bariatric surgery is more than just a weight-loss option. For so many people, it’s a life-changing, and sometimes life-saving, opportunity. It’s also how we as doctors can have a positive effect on our patients and help them live longer, healthier lives. As we approach Thanksgiving, we wanted to take some time to talk about why we’re so thankful for weight-loss surgery.

Bariatric Surgery Breaks the Cycle of Diets

Most people try to lose weight through dieting, but find that they don’t see long-term results. Once they stop their diet, the weight starts to come back – and then they feel they have to start dieting again. Weight-loss surgery breaks this cycle for good because bariatric procedures aren’t diets; they’re lifestyle changes. Unlike a diet, bariatric surgery gives patients the tools to sustain their weight loss for a long, long time.

Surgeries like the gastric bypass and gastric sleeve permanently alter stomach anatomy, which means that patients must eat smaller portions as their stomachs can hold less. Additionally, they affect hormonal balances in the body to reset patients’ metabolisms, helping them feel hunger less frequently and maintain a lower weight.

The bariatric lifestyle is more effective than a diet alone because it is less restrictive and more sustainable. Diets tell you what not to eat, often omitting important nutrients; our nutritionists explain how to eat in a healthy, nourishing way. Patients learn to eat proteins first to make sure they get the nutritional benefits they need, then to supplement their remaining requirements as necessary.

An extra bonus: with weight-loss surgery, you can still enjoy the holidays! Diets will tell you, in no uncertain terms that you cannot have X, Y, or Z – however, the bariatric approach is about eating less and making healthy choices, not restrictions. Patients are encouraged to eat their turkey first and then enjoy their favorite fixings in moderation, and to try out some substitutions for traditionally “unhealthy” ingredients!

Weight-loss surgery is sustainable because it’s not about denying yourself food – it’s a tool to help patients make positive food choices for life!

Patients Lose More Than Just Weight

Bariatric surgery has the unique advantage of helping patients lose more than just weight – in fact, many studies show that surgery is a definitive treatment for weight-related comorbidities. 90% of type 2 diabetes patients who chose a bariatric procedure saw improvements to their condition, and 78% saw complete remission – some of our amazing patients have even told us that the day of their surgery was the last time they ever needed their medication.

Weight-loss surgeries have also been shown to positively affect other common conditions linked to obesity, including hypertension, sleep apnea, COPD, joint pain, acid reflux, and heart disease.

Along with overcoming health problems, studies show that bariatric patients tend to lose some significant stressors in their lives. People who suffer from obesity and overweight can experience both mobility and self-esteem issues – after losing the majority of their excess weight, many patients are able to move easier and have been shown to have improved relationships with their family members and friends.

A big part of healthy living involves establishing a loving support system that excludes anyone who speaks or acts negatively in response to a patient’s decision to live well. This, in turn, leads to increased emotional stability and a happier lifestyle. We host support groups for new and experienced patients alike, click here to register for one.

It Extends and Improves Patients’ Lives

Since weight-loss surgeries help patients overcome potentially life-threatening conditions, it makes sense that they tend to live longer. In fact, research published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that bariatric surgery decreased mortality rates by 40% compared to those who did not choose surgery!

Studies also show that these procedures greatly improve quality of life for most patients. Obesity can cause people to have more difficulty performing common activities; tying shoes, climbing stairs, going on rides with their children, and even taking off their shirt at the beach can all be painful, daunting tasks.

After their surgeries, our patients are excited to tell us how much their procedures have helped them. They often say they’re able to sleep better, play with their children longer, and fit into clothes they’ve always wanted! We couldn’t be happier for them and their new lease on a healthier life.

Weight-Loss Surgery Lets Us Help Patients

At NYBG, our favorite part of the day is getting to help our patients live healthy, happy lives. We perform the procedures that let husbands and wives live longer, and allow mothers and fathers spend more time with their children. We get to affect our patients’ lives in such a positive, personal way and we cannot express how grateful we are for it!

If it weren’t for bariatric surgery, many more lives would be at risk and we never would be able to meet and help so many wonderful people. We are so thankful for our amazing patients and for the opportunity to help them live the long, healthy lives they want and deserve!

If you’re looking to change your life through weight-loss surgery, call NYBG – we would love to take this journey with you.


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:

  • 13 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics
  • 15,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • 24/7 access to online seminars
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Since 2000, we boast 18 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.

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Why We’re So Thankful for Weight-Loss Surgery This Thanksgiving


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been liv