New York Bariatric Group's October 2016 Newsletter
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New York Bariatric Group
First Medical Practice in America
Since FDA Approval to Perform
Non Surgical Weight Loss Solution - AspireAssist

The FDA has approved the newest non surgical advancement in Weight Loss procedures called AspireAssist.  New York Bariatric Group based in Roslyn Heights, NY is the first practice since FDA approval in the country to be offering this groundbreaking procedure. Along with the AspireAssist Weight Loss Program developed by Dr. Shawn Garber, Dr. Jeffery Chiao and Dr. John Angstadt of New York Bariatric Group, patients on average can expect to lose about 40% of their excess weight in the first 6 months.

Dr. Shawn Garber, founder and director of the New York Bariatric Group and one of the country's premier bariatric surgeons, discusses the AspireAssist Program –  We are very excited to be the first medical practice in the United States to perform the AspireAssist procedure, a revolutionary non surgical option for patients wanting to lose weight.  AspireAssist allows patients to remove about 30% of the food from the stomach after eating and before the calories are absorbed into the body, thus causing weight loss.  Our unique AspireAssist Program includes physician follow up and monthly nutrition counseling, in person or through our unique Virtual Health Platform. We have the ability to see patients from across the country since we can offer virtual online nutrition and fitness counseling service through Virtual Health Partners (  This makes it even more convenient to provide the aftercare to patients from the comforts of their own home."

Dr. Chiao explains – "During a quick, 15 minute procedure in the office, a thin tube is placed in the patient's stomach that connects the inside of the stomach directly to a discreet button on the outside of the abdomen.  After eating a meal, a small device, (about the size of a smartphone), enables the patient to empty, or "aspirate", up to 30% of their meal into the toilet through this tube by connecting the device to the button.  Dr. Angstadt added, "Once desired weight loss is obtained, the tube can be taken out or remain in place and continued to be used indefinitely.  It's up to the patient to decide."

New York Bariatric Group physicians are the preeminent bariatric surgeons in New York and the surrounding region. Regardless of which bariatric surgery procedure you may decide on – whether it be the AspireAssist Program,  ReShape Duo ® Managed Weight Loss Program, LAP-BAND© Adjustable Gastric Band, revision surgery, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass – the surgeons of New York Bariatric Group have the technology, talent, and experience to provide you with top quality surgical and non surgical care for weight loss.  

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New York Bariatric Group Welcomes
Dr. Lael Elizabeth Forbes to the Team!

Dr. Lael Elizabeth Forbes joins NYBG, practicing at our new Fairfield, Connecticut location! Dr. Forbes earned her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. She received her General Surgery training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, also in New York City. She completed her fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery at the world-renowned European Institute of Tele-surgery (IRCAD) in Strasbourg, France. As a fellow at IRCAD, Dr. Forbes published articles for both American and international journals, proctored hundreds of surgeons from all over the world in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques, and was a member of the original editing team of WeBSurg, the internationally acclaimed internet teaching site for surgical education.

Dr. Forbes has been an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Attending Bariatric Surgeon in academic practice since 2004. She co-founded a National Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery at the University at Buffalo-SUNY and was Co-Medical Director there for 5 years. Just prior to joining New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Forbes was at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s National Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, which she had joined in 2009. During her 7 years at the University of Rochester, Dr. Forbes was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Forbes has taught many medical students, surgery residents and fellows the science and skills of surgery. Dr. Forbes has lectured regionally and has organized and conducted interdisciplinary clinical research studies regarding obesity and bariatric surgery. Dr. Forbes has performed over 1,500 Bariatric Surgery procedures including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and revision.

Visit us for a consultation at New York Bariatric Group's new Fairfield Location:
140 Sherman Street, Fairfield, CT 06824 

🍏Delicious Fall Superfoods🍊

These amazing superfoods are either hitting their peak in the garden or can easily be found in your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Sweet or tart, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish. Just be sure to eat the skin—it contains hearty-healthy flavonoids. Health benefits include:• Full of antioxidants • 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Harvest season: August-November

Brussels sprouts
Made the correct way, these veggies taste divine. They have a mild, somewhat bitter taste, so combine them with tangy or savory sauces, like balsamic vinegar. Health benefits include: • 1/2 cup contains more than your DRI of vitamin K • Very good source of folate • Good source of iron . Harvest season: September–March

Though these veggies may resemble carrots, they have a lighter color and sweeter, almost nutty flavor. Use them to flavor rice and potatoes or puree them into soups and sauces. Health benefits include: • Rich in potassium • Good source of fiber . Harvest season: October–April


The sweet and juicy taste makes this fruit a crowd-pleaser. Cooking can really bring out their fabulous flavor, so try them baked or poached. Health benefits include: • Good source of vitamin C and copper • 4 grams of fiber per serving . Harvest season: August–February


A cross between a turnip and a cabbage, rutabagas are a popular Swedish dish. To utilize their earthy flavor, add them to casseroles, puree them with turnips and carrots to make a sweet soup, or roast them with ginger, honey, or lemon. Health benefits include: • Good source of fiber • Good source of vitamin C. Harvest season: October–April


The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for winter side dishes. It's wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup. Health benefits include: • Compounds that may help to prevent cancer • Phytonutrients may lower cholesterol" "Excellent source of vitamin C . Harvest season: September–June

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has a fine texture and a slightly sweet flavor. Because of its thick skin, it can be stored for months. It tastes best with other fall flavorings, like cinnamon and ginger. Health benefits include: • Contains omega-3 fatty acids • Excellent source of vitamin A . Harvest season: October–February


A type of winter squash, pumpkin can be used for much more than jack-o'-lanterns. Its sweet taste and moist texture make it ideal for pies, cakes, and even pudding! Health benefits include: • Rich in potassium • More than 20% of your DRI of fiber • Good source of B vitamins . Harvest season: October–February

Sweet potatoes

These veggies are for much more than Thanksgiving casseroles. More nutritionally dense than their white-potato counterparts, try roasting them—they'll taste delicious, and you may maintain more vitamins than boiling. Health benefits include: • Excellent source of vitamin A • Good source of iron • Anti-inflammatory benefits . Harvest season: September–December


Tender and mild, these root vegetables are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. To flavor these veggies, use fennel, bread crumbs, or even brown sugar. Turnip leaves, which taste like mustard leaves, are easy to cook and dense in nutrients. Health benefits include: • The roots are a good source of vitamin C • Turnip leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and folate . Harvest season: September–April


This slightly sour fruit has gotten a lot of press as an antioxidant powerhouse. The juice provides a tangy base for marinades, and the seeds can be tossed into salads to amp up the flavor. Health benefits include: • Good source of vitamin C and folate . Harvest season: August–December


This Middle Eastern favorite is a sweet fruit that is perfect braised in stews, chopped up in desserts, or stuffed with cream cheese or almonds. Health benefits include:  • Low in fat • Good source of fiber • Good source of potassium . Harvest season: September–December


Use this sweet fruit to add a tropical flavor to your recipes. It's great mixed with strawberries, cantaloupe, or oranges and can be combined with pineapple to make a tangy chutney. Health benefits include: • More vitamin C than an orange • Good source of potassium and copper . Harvest season: September–March


The signature tartness of grapefruit provides a contrast to other citrus fruit. Add it to mixed greens, combine it with avocado and shrimp, or enjoy a fresh glass of its antioxidant-rich juice. Health benefits include: • More than 75% of your daily recommended intake (DRI) of vitamin C • Good source of lycopene • Contains pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol . Harvest season: September–April

The small and sweet citrus fruits are positively refreshing for fall recipes. Juice them with oil, vinegar, and ginger for a to-die-for dressing. Health benefits include: • Good source of vitamin C • Good source of beta-carotene . Harvest season: November–April
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Free Informational Seminars

Online Seminar
Date: October 11, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm
Westchester Support Group
Date: October 12, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm
Nassau County Seminar - Roslyn Heights
Date: October 13, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm
Nassau County Support Group - Roslyn Heights
Date: October 13, 2016 Time: 7:30 pm
Online Revision Surgery Seminar
Date: October 18, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm
Online Support Group
Date: October 18, 2016 Time: 7:30 pm
Suffolk County Support Group
Date: October 19, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm
Online Seminar
Date: October 20, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm
Westchester Seminar
Date: October 25, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm 
St. Vincent's Medical Center - Fairfield Seminar
Date: October 26, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm 

Fairfield Seminar
Date: October 27, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm 

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