A Couple of Firsts

Welcome Back!! Hope everyone is enjoying the “Spring” weather we are having here in the New York area!  I am proud to announce a couple of ‘firsts’ in my newsletter.  I want to introduce several new members of the Garden State team and point out some new features we’ve added to the website and the newsletter.

First the new additions to the staff, if you’ve been to the office recently you may have met one or both of our new team members. 

Bella Baum is our new PA (physician’s assistant) who started in mid March.  She comes with a wealth of experience from her previous position at Mt. Sinai hospital.  This experience, and her enthusiasm are greatly appreciated and will be a great contribution to the GSBWC team.



Jessica Ott has actually been here at Garden State since November of last year, but initially as a temporary employee.  So even though we weren’t looking for a diamond we found one and we just couldn’t let her go, she officially joined the Garden State team last month.  I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with both of our newest team members.

Two new features are starting with this edition of the newsletter.  We are adding an “ASK KARLA” corner.  Karla Hamal is the nutritionist many of you have seen in the office.  If you  have nutritional/dietary questions please email them to laf@gsbwc.com.  I can’t promise to answer all questions in the newsletter but we will publish the questions and the answers every several weeks.  On a related note Karla has put some recipes on the website which are all “bariatric friendly”.  If you haven’t been to the website recently you may want to check it out.

The last new feature is a special guest columnist.  I have asked a good friend of mine, Dr. Robert Rubino (OBGYN) to address an issue that may be of interest to some of you.  If you, or someone you know, has heavy and painful menstrual periods he may have a minimal invasive solution for you.

The Non-Invasive Cure for Heavy and Painful Menstrual Cycles

Are you suffering from heavy and painful periods, but feel the only solutions available are hormonal therapy or the dreaded hysterectomy?
Now, there is a new option. A painless, non-invasive procedure called Her Option� Cryoablation – the only ablation procedure approved by the FDA for in-office use.  Using the natural anesthetic properties of ice, Cryoablation is a safe, simple 15- minute, in-office procedure that helps stop heavy or painful menstrual bleeding without surgery, general anesthesia or hormones.  This new procedure has reduced the need for hysterectomies by 90%.
Ideal candidates are between the ages of 25 and 55, with heavy and painful periods and/or fibroids and have completed childbirth. Patients can resume normal activity the same day and the procedure is covered by most insurance plans.
Robert Rubino, MD, FACOG, a board-certified OB/GYN and NJ Monthly Top Doc, is leading this initiative at The Rubino OB/GYN Group. He has invented the Clock Technique, which uses 3-D ultrasound technology for the most accurate intra-operative, direct visualization to increase safety of the procedure.  Dr. Rubino published a paper on this innovation, presenting at the April 2009 National Scientific Meeting of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) in New York and has been featured on ABC’s channel 7 with Dr Jay Adlersberg and Fox News for his work on Cryoablation.
The Rubino OB/GYN Group focuses on less invasive surgery techniques and procedures. In addition to Cryoablation, they offer a non-invasive, in office procedure for permanent birth control, known as Essure�, which is 99.95% effective. Essure replaces surgical tubal ligation without cutting, general anesthesia and with a much faster recovery time. The Rubino OB/GYN Group is also one of the only practices in NJ offering 3D/4D gynecologic & obstetric ultrasounds, accredited by AIUM.

The group has 3 office locations in West Orange, Summit and Bayonne. To schedule a consultation or find our more about these procedures, you can visit www.rubinoobgyn.com or call 973-736-1100.

That’s it for this edition of the newsletter, hope you found it useful and informative.  Just an FYI the support group meetings for this month are April 22nd for all band patients.  The April 29th meeting is for patients who have had surgery over one year ago and Dr. Gary Goldberg will be the guest for that evening.

Support group meetings are at the Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ from 6 pm until 7:30 pm

Again if you have any nutritional questions  for Karla, please email them to us at laf@gsbwc.com

Again, thanks for reading and trusting me with your healthcare.
Michael Bilof
Contact Information

web site address: https://www.gsbwc.com
phone: (973) 218-1990

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