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    Making the Decision to Have Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Obesity is a serious problem in this country. Many people who become obese have an extremely difficult time losing weight and leading healthy lives. That’s where bariatric surgery comes in. Bariatric surgery limits the amount of food the stomach can hold at one time, thus reducing the total amount of food one can eat. However, bariatric surgery is not for everyone, and those considering the procedure should spend a long time deciding whether they want to go through with it.

    Attempting Non-Surgical Weight Loss

    Doctors generally recommend that patients should avoid surgery if they can. Though the vast majority of weight loss surgeries are performed safely and correctly, surgery comes with inherent risks. Before you even consider weight loss surgery, you should work closely with your doctor to devise new dietary habits and a new exercise regimen.  

    Meeting with a Bariatric Surgeon

    If your non-surgical weight loss efforts are unsuccessful, then you can bring a bariatric surgeon into your decision-making process. A bariatric surgeon may recommend bariatric surgery if you have a body mass index (BMI) above 40 or are about 80-100 lbs. overweight. The surgeon may also recommend the surgery if you have a BMI of 35 or greater and are suffering from heart disease, diabetes, or another condition that is directly related to obesity.  

    Learning About the Procedure

    Before you make your final decision, you should learn as much about bariatric procedures as possible. Feel free to ask your doctor about how you can prepare for the procedure, how the procedure itself is performed, and what sort of results you can realistically expect. It’s also important to understand that bariatric surgery can significantly change your life. If you opt for gastric bypass surgery, for example, you’ll only be able to eat tiny meals at a time.

    For more help deciding whether bariatric surgery is the right choice for your weight loss goals, call The JFK Bariatric Institute at (561) 899-4855. We’ll answer all your questions about Lap-Band, gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery and help you understand how to embrace healthy eating after your surgery.


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    If you are having a tough time reaching your weight goals and improving your health, turn to the bariatric surgery experts at The JFK Bariatric Institute. You can call our Atlantis, FL facility at (561) 899-4855 to learn more about your weight loss surgery options.  

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    Signs Bariatric Surgery Could Be Right For You

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Though many people can benefit from undergoing bariatric surgery, it isn’t for everyone. For instance, bariatric surgery is not for individuals who are looking to lose weight without committing to a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here are a few signs that undergoing bariatric surgery at The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center is the right choice for your weight loss goals.  

    You Have a High Body Mass Index

    After measuring your height and weight, your doctor can calculate your body mass index, or BMI. If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, you have a normal amount of body fat. If you have a BMI that’s over 25, you’re considered overweight, and if it’s over 30, you’re clinically obese. Doctors recommend bariatric surgery for individuals with a BMI of at least 40, though those with a BMI of 35 may undergo surgery if their weight is causing serious health problems.  

    You Suffer from Obesity-Related Conditions

    Obesity is a factor risk factor for numerous life-threatening conditions, including cancer, stroke, and heart disease. If you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, or another obesity-related condition, ask your doctor about bariatric surgery. The weight loss that results from bariatric surgery can help you manage you condition and live a happier, healthier, and longer life.

    You’ve Tried Other Weight Loss Methods

    Bariatric surgery is considered a last-resort weight loss option. Your initial weight loss strategy should include a commitment to diet and exercise. If you’ve spent months or years actively trying to lose weight with limited or no success, you may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Even if you undergo bariatric surgery, you’ll still need to exercise regularly in order to maximize the weight loss benefits.

    If any of the above criteria apply to you, make an appointment at The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center  to discuss your bariatric surgery options. We perform gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic adjustable band surgery, and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies. Call (561) 899-4855 or visit our website to speak with one of our representatives.

    A Closer Look at Gastric Banding Surgery

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Millions of Americans struggle with obesity and weight-related health issues. Fortunately, bariatric surgery can succeed where diet and exercise have failed. Gastric bypass, which involves the resizing and reconfiguration of the stomach and intestines, is one popular kind of bariatric surgery. For others, The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center may recommend laparoscopic gastric banding, which involves the placement of an adjustable band around the top part the stomach. This procedure helps limit caloric intake and is less invasive than gastric bypass surgery.  

    Potential Candidates

    Ideal candidates for gastric banding usually have a body mass index of at least 35 and suffer a considerable risk of sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, or another potentially life-threatening condition. Before being considered for surgery, patients must prove that they have unsuccessfully tried non-surgical weight loss methods in the past. If a patient is of sound mind and intends to improve his exercise regimen and diet, he may be a good candidate for gastric banding.

    Procedure Overview

    During a gastric band procedure, the patient is under general anesthesia and unable to feel any pain. The surgeon makes one to five small incisions in the abdomen and places a band around the upper part of the stomach. The band is supposed to create a narrow channel in the stomach, causing food to fill the stomach’s top portion so patients eat less at mealtimes. The entire procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

    Post-Procedure Recovery

    Patients usually go home the day of the procedure, and can resume their normal activities within a couple days. For the first few weeks, patients consume nothing but liquids and mashed foods. After two months or so, patients can eat regular foods. The great thing about gastric banding is that the band can be loosened, tightened, or completely removed as the patient’s weight loss needs change.

    To achieve a better understanding of laparoscopic gastric band surgery and gastric bypass surgery, call The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center at (561) 899-4855 or visit our website. We’re dedicated to providing thoughtful care to patients as they work toward their weight loss goals.


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