The Bergen New Bridge Bariatric Center

Where losing is winning. Call 201.225.7130 to quickly be seen by a member of our team.

For decades, the U.S. has faced a growing obesity epidemic. Currently, obesity affects 39.6% of American adults and 18.5% of children. According to the American Medical Association, obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or greater. There are many significant health consequences associated with this condition, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, and even an elevated risk for certain cancers.


Bariatric surgery — the surgical treatment of obesity — has become an essential option for patients unable to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. As reported by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, since 2016, more than 200,000 Americans per year have been treated with bariatric surgery. 


At Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, our compassionate and experienced bariatric team can help you realize your weight loss goal to help improve your health and overall well-being.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

Bariatric surgery can be an important tool to significantly improve the lives of people suffering from obesity and related health problems. There are several different types of surgical options available, all of which are performed laparoscopically and allow for a faster recovery and quicker return to work or school. Most patients spend only one or two nights in the hospital and are back to normal activity within a few weeks.


Your overall health status and other factors can determine if bariatric surgery is the right choice, you may be a candidate if:

  • You have a BMI at or above 40, or are more than 100 pounds overweight.
  • You have a BMI of at least 35 and have at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities, such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • You have an inability to achieve sustained weight loss for a period of time despite prior weight loss efforts.

Those who achieve the greatest success still exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. In fact, it is standard practice for physicians to implement patient lifestyle changes before the surgery. These modifications, combined with surgery, can help a patient lose substantial weight and improve quality of life. After losing considerable weight, patients commonly report benefits such as:

  • Improvement or elimination of Type 2 diabetes
  • Resolution of sleep apnea
  • Improved fertility
  • Depression relief
  • Reduction in joint pain

Meet the Physicians

Dr. Dustin Cummings
Dustin Cummings, MD is a Rutgers Medical School physician and board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and delivered presentations at national conferences. Dr. Cummings is a part of the bariatric team at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Dr. Gritsus holding a table and stethoscope
Vadim Gritsus, MD, is a recognized expert in bariatric surgery, laparoscopic, and minimally invasive surgery as well as surgical endoscopy. Dr. Gritsus received his medical degree from Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He conducted research studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and worked as a scientist at Johnson & Johnson. Dr. Gritsus received his surgical training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. Dr. Gritsus is part of the bariatric team at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.