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Health Watch: Bariatric Surgery

After a year in which the Medical Center at Princeton

welcomed a new president and CEO (Barry S. Rabner), changed its name

(to the University Medical Center at Princeton, part of the Princeton

HealthCare System), and announced it was looking to move to a larger

and more accessible location (could it be a chunk of the Sarnoff land

on Route 1? — see Richard K. Rein’s column on page 51), the healthcare

provider last week made a little medical news.

Princeton Healthcare System announced that it was opening a bariatric

surgery program at the medical center, "the first of its kind

in Mercer County," according to the press announcement.

Bariatric surgery is aimed at curing morbid obesity in those who have

unsuccessfully tried such non-surgical options as diets and exercise

programs. The program of the University Medical Center at Princeton

will be headed by Robert E. Brolin M.D., above left, assisted by David

S. Tichansky M.D. at right, who are partners in New Jersey Bariatrics

at 4250 Route 1 North in Monmouth Junction (732-274-3434, www.njbariatricspc.com).

The American Society of Bariatric Surgery, of which Brolin is a past

president, describes two different approaches to weight-loss surgery,

according to the press release: "Restrictive procedures in which

a smaller upper stomach pouch is created, and malabsorptive procedures

in which the digestion process is altered. Most patients can expect

a hospital stay of two to four days for a laparoscopic procedure and

three to five days for an open procedure. Most patients return to

work and all levels of pre-surgery activity within three to six weeks."

Brolin, a 1970 alumnus of Depauw University, earned his M.D. at University

of Michigan and has taught at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center

and at Rutgers. Tichansky was a mechanical engineering major at Lafayette,

Class of 1989, and earned his M.D. at the University of Medicine and

Dentistry of New Jersey. According to the doctors’ website, Brolin

has performed more than 2,000 weight loss operations and Tichansky

has performed more than 125 laparoscopic operations in the past yea


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