meet dr. mehta

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Dr. Vishal Mehta is a Board Certified General Surgeon with fellowship training in Bariatric Surgery and additional training in Liposuction and Body Contouring. Areas of interest include Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Balloons, Gastric Plication, Revision Bariatric Surgery, Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, and Body Contouring.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, from Stony Brook University in New York in 1992. He received his Medical Degree 4 years later from prestigious New York Medical College, and completed a residency in General Surgery at New York Methodist hospital in 2001. Often working up to 110 hours a week x 5 years, he gained vast exposure to general surgery, trauma, vascular, thoracic, bariatric & plastic surgery.

In 2002, Dr. Mehta was selected for a Bariatric Surgery fellowship under Dr. Robert Brolin, a father of Bariatric surgery. He became amongst the first fellowship trained bariatric surgeons in the United States. He founded the Mehta Obesity Center, dedicating his time and focus on the treatment of obesity. Subsequently, he has performed more than 5000 procedures and more than 2500 weight loss surgeries. His technical skills and dedication as a laparoscopic bariatric surgeon has gained him a reputation amongst his peers.

Dr. Mehta has served as Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Director of Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

He has since trained with International Gastric Plication Leader, Dr. Ariel Ortiz, and has modified the technique over the years to improve safety and outcomes. He is currently amongst a handful of surgeons in the US offering this less invasive and safer laparoscopic weight loss option.

He subsequently trained in the latest body sculpting and liposuction techniques, including Laser Liposuction, Vaser Liposuction, Fat transfers, and advanced body contouring, which has become now become a large part of the practice.

His greatest satisfaction comes from watching his patients’ lives transform either through bariatric surgery, or body contouring procedures. He encourages his patients to live a healthy lifestyle, and more than anything… enjoy life.

OFFICES HELD

  • Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital (2003-04)
  • Director of Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center (2005-07)

BARIATRIC SURGERY(All Bariatric Surgery is performed laparoscopically)

  • Single Incision Lap-Band® / Realize-Band®
  • Laparoscopic Lap-Band® / Realize-band®
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • RNY Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic Revision Surgery
  • Gastric Band over Gastric Bypass
  • ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY
  • Stomaphyx® Procedure: Endoscopic Incision-less reduction of stomach pouch
  • Overstitch® Procedure: Endoscopic Incision-less reduction of stomach pouch

BODY SCULPTING

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy-Tuck)
  • Mini-abdominoplasty
  • Belt Abdominoplasty (Total Body Lift)
  • Liposuction (including Power Assisted Lipo, Laser & Vaser Lipo)
  • Brazilian Butt Lifts
  • Fat transfer to breasts

Revision Surgeries for the following:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
  • Horizontal Gastroplasty
  • Mason’s Loop Gastric Bypass
  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Fobi-pouch
  • Marginal ulcers
  • Jejuno-Ileal Bypass
  • Non-adjustable Gastric Band
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

ENDOSCOPY

  • Gastric Balloons for weight loss
  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Stomaphyx Procedure: Incision-less Endoscopic Revision of Gastric Pouch
  • Endoscopic Balloon Dilation of Gastric strictures
  • Endoscopic Fibrin Glue Injection of Gastric Leaks and Fistulas

GENERAL ABDOMINAL SURGERY

Dr. Mehta is a board certified general surgeon, and offers a vast variety of cases, which he performs laparoscopically. These include the following:

  • MICROSURGERY
  • GALLBLADDER
  • ACID REFLUX (GERD), HIATAL HERNIA
  • VENTRAL HERNIA
  • INGUINAL HERNIA
  • UMBILICAL HERNIA
  • FEMORAL HERNIAS
  • INCISIONAL HERNIA
  • MESENTERIC HERNIA
  • DIAGNOSTIC LAPAROSCOPY
  • SURGERY FOR ADHESIONS
  • STOMACH SURGERY
  • SMALL INTESTINE SURGERY
  • COLON SURGERY
  • APPENDIX REMOVAL
  • ADRENAL GLAND
  • SPLEEN

EDUCATION

UNDERGRADUATE (Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biochemistry)

State University of New York at Stony Brook (1988 – 1992)

MEDICAL SCHOOL

New York Medical College, NY (1992 – 1996)

GENERAL SURGERY INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY

New York Methodist Hospital (1996 – 2001)

BARIATRIC / LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY FELLOWSHIP

St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ (2001 – 2002)
Under Past President, American Society of Bariatric Surgery
& Past President, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Somerset Medical Center
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Participated in teaching surgical fellows Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Saint Peter’s University Hospital: Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Program

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PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

  • Mehta M, Mehta V, Ortiz J: Characteristics of Lynch Syndrome with clarification of risk factors and appropriate management. Contemporary Surgery Jan/Feb, pp 9-12, 1997

  • Gorecki P, Schein M, Mehta V, Wise L: Surgeons and infectious disease specialists- different attitude towards common surgical infections. Surgical Infections, 2000;115-123

  • Mehta V: Potentiation of inductive effects of phenobarbital on cytochrome p450 by cannabidiol. Annual Biochemistry Conference, SUNY Stony Brook 1992

  • Mehta V: Quantitative measurement of peripheral neuropathy in dialysis dependent patients. Annual Nephrology Conference, SUNY Stony Brook 1992

  • Mehta V: Use of alpha interferon for treating chronic myelogenous leukemia in pregnancy. High Risk Obstetric Conference, Westchester County Medical Center,1996

  • Mehta V: Optimal Nutrition for Intensive Care Unit Patients.

  • Surgical Conference, Dept. of Surgery, Westchester County Medical Center, 1996

  • Mehta V: The role of extra-anatomical surgical renal revascularization in patients with aneurysmal degeneration of reverse saphenous vein grafts after aorto-renal bypass for occlusive disease. The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997

  • Mehta V: Femoral artery thrombosis: Complications of vascular hemostatic device – Vasoseal. The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997

  • Mehta V: Frey Syndrome: A complication of carotid endarterectomy

  • The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997

  • Mehta V: Leg contracture as a complication of subfascial endoscopic perforator vein surgery (SEPS). The 84th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, Orlando, FL 1998

  • Mehta V: The significance of routine postoperative 12-lead EKG changes and creatine kinase (CK-MB) elevation in patients with major vascular surgery.

  • The 84th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, Orlando, FL 1998

  • Mehta V: Kasabach Merritt Syndrome: Hemangioma with unfavorable prognosis.

  • The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999

  • Mehta V: Tubo-ovarian abscess presenting as bilateral incarcerated femoral hernia.

  • The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999

  • Mehta V: A short cut to pulmonary venous pressure measurements & literature review. Internal jugular catheterization – An anomaly!

  • The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999

  • Mehta V: Lemierre Syndrome: An old disease in a new millennium.

  • The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999

  • Mehta V: Functional Aspects of Bariatric Surgery for the Young Surgeon. Grand Rounds, Saint Peters University Hospital, March 2002

  • Mehta V, Andrei V: Antecolic / Antegastric approach to Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. A safe alternative. Annual Clinical Congress, SAGES, New Orleans, LA 2002

  • Koren J, Brolin R, Mehta V: Complications of routine use of drains in Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. 20th annual meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, Boston, MA, June 2003

  • Mehta V: Invited speaker; Review and Update of Gastric Bypass Surgery, Bayonne Medical Center, October 2003

  • Mehta V: Update on Bariatric Surgery, Grand Rounds for Department of Medicine at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, January 2004

  • Mehta V: Aspects of Gastric Bypass. Invited Speaker for New Jersey Dietetic Association, April 2004

  • Kowalski C, Mehta V, Brolin R: Use of Fibrin Glue as Treatment of Leaks in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. 21st annual meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, San Diego, CA, June 2004

  • Ebert E, Mehta V, Das K: Activation Antigens on Colonic T Cells in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Effects of IL-10. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 2004

  • Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Bariatric Program Startup, Raritan Bay Medical Center, June 2004

  • Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Weight Loss Surgery, Health and Wellness Fair, Edison, NJ, November 2004

  • Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Bariatric Surgery, Bridges Club at Raritan Bay Medical Center, May 2005

  • Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Update in Bariatric Surgery, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, New Jersey, June 2005

  • Mehta V: Invited speaker; Update in Bariatric Surgery, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Raritan Bay Medical Center, New Jersey, Sept 2005

  • Ebert E, Mehta V: Human intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes keep TNF-alpha levels low by cell uptake and feedback inhibition of transcription. Cellular Immunology 241, 2006nscription. Cellular Immunology 241, 2006

Testimonials

  • Dr. Mehta gave me the tools to work with and for that I’m thankful. I’m always telling people about Dr. Mehta and how he helped change my life.*

    Laura S.
  • I have never felt better physically, emotionally and spiritually in my LIFE! I have made a commitment to myself to live a healthier lifestyle and Dr. Mehta has helped in this decision and choice. Down 80 lbs with the lap band.*

    Dawn B.
  • I chose Dr. Mehta because he came highly recommended by my gastrointestinal doctor. Before surgery my maximum weight was 338 lbs. My current weight, one year post-op is 205 lbs. I had no trouble getting an appointment with Dr. Mehta’s office and I found the staff to be kind and very informative and supportive. Dr. Mehta answered all of my questions thoroughly and was very attentive when I developed post op complications. I have not taken advantage of the support staff in place, but I know they’re available should I need them. I would highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center to anyone considering bariatric surgery. It has made a tremendous impact on my life.*

    Darlene G. Hillsborough, NJ
  • Dr. Mehta and his staff (especially Lulu) are great!! Dr. Mehta has a great bedside manner and takes the time to talk to you and answer any and all questions that you may have. My situation was different than most. I had an old gastric banding placed in back in 1985. My surgery was performed by a surgeon who no longer practices. The banding had gone bad and eroded through my stomach causing a lot of pain. I had gone to many doctors and finally met Dr. Mehta who decided to help me by performing corrective surgery to remove the band and perform the new gastric bypass. I was back up to 225 lbs and I am now down to 140 lbs. My husband met with Dr. Mehta while he was in the hospital and liked his manners and asked me to call him. I had no problem getting an appointment and he explained everything I needed to know. I had the surgery and I am now feeling great and no longer in pain. I love Dr. Mehta and his staff. I felt I made a great choice and I am glad he took my case on and helped me out.*

    Colleen V. Flemington, NJ
  • I heard about Dr. Mehta through my mother. I felt very comfortable around him. At our first meeting, Dr. Mehta explained the procedure and all risks with me. The staff that Dr. Mehta has is very friendly and helpful with all your questions. I felt like Lulu was a personal friend of mine. Before my surgery, I weighed 237 lbs now I am weighing 145 lbs. I feel great!! I have not been able to utilize the Mehta Bariatric Center’s after care program because of where I live, in Delaware. If I lived closer, I wouldn’t hesitate to utilize it. I highly recommend Dr. Mehta and the Mehta Bariatric Center.*

    Deana C. Newark, NJ