Lisa Dobruskin, M.D., medical director of Minimally Invasive Surgery Associates of New Jersey, helps patients not only lose weight, but also decrease their appetite, with the new gastric sleeve surgery and "Shape For Life" medical weight loss program.

The gastric sleeve is done via a few small incisions (each less than an inch) to limit the amount of food one can eat at a time. What makes the gastric sleeve superior is the loss of appetite.

"This takes away cravings for fried foods, sweets and other problem foods without a significant risk of vitamin or protein deficiencies," said Dr. Dobruskin. "Compared to other bariatric surgeries, it is also quicker, easier, safer and provides a speedy recovery time. Patients are able to go home the morning after the surgery and resume normal activities."

Many people have heard of the gastric band, which involves placing a silicon band around the stomach, and the gastric bypass, which makes a smaller stomach and bypasses part of the small intestine. Each procedure has its place. The gastric sleeve is becoming the best option, according to Dr. Dobruskin.

"We’re estimating the gastric sleeve will soon be the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in the country," she added.

"The best way to find out what’s right for you is to see me for a free consultation."

Interested patients may learn more about weight loss options at one of Dr. Dobruskin’s monthly seminars. Her next Surgical Weight Loss seminar is Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m., at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Health and Wellness Center at Hamilton.

Those interested in healthy food recipes may attend the next "Cooking with Dr. Dobruskin" seminar on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m., also at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Health and Wellness Center at Hamilton. There is a $10 fee.

Dr. Dobruskin, in conjunction with the hospital, also coaches a medically supervised weight loss program called "Shape For Life".

"This program is for those who don’t want or don’t qualify for bariatric surgery," said Dr. Dobruskin.

"Shape For Life" is a 12-week program designed to change lifestyle and achieve permanent weight loss. It includes a health evaluation, six office consultations with me, six meetings with a registered dietitian and twice a week supervised gym exercise. Learn more about the program at the next ‘Shape For Life’ seminar on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. All information seminars are free."

Dr. Dobruskin is a board certified general surgeon, specializing in obesity surgery and minimally invasive surgery. She earned a bachelor’s in biology from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and her medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. She completed her surgical residency and internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and a Fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and obesity surgery at Westchester County Medical Center/New York Medical College. Dr. Dobruskin has conducted research and published numerous scientific articles.

Learn more at or by calling the office at 609-228-3124.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Associates of New Jersey 2333 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 7, Hamilton. 609-228-3124

49 Veronica Avenue, Somerset. 732-446-2300.

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