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    Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Losing weight is far from easy. A lot of people feel desperate after exercising for months or years with nothing to show for it. If you eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and refrain from smoking and alcohol, you could reasonably expect to lose a little weight. If you’re still significantly overweight despite your efforts, you could be a good candidate for bariatric surgery.

    Bariatric surgery is a viable option for people who are more than 100 pounds overweight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. You might also be a candidate for surgery if you have a BMI of 35 or more and suffer from heart disease, diabetes, or another serious chronic illness. For bariatric surgery to achieve the results you are looking for, you must be dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle.

    The bariatric surgeons at The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute will gladly answer all your questions about bariatric surgery and help you determine whether it’s the right weight loss option for you. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 899-4855 if you need help finding a good bariatric surgeon.


    Great Reasons to Lose Weight

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you truly like the way you look and feel, you shouldn’t let anyone talk you into changing. As long as you’re healthy and happy, your weight shouldn’t matter. Once you reach a certain weight, however, you should seriously consider the effect your size might have on your health. If you have a body mass index of over 35, you might discuss the possibility of bariatric surgery at The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute. Here are just a few good reasons to lose weight.  

    Improve Your Health

    Obesity is directly linked to a wide range of serious conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. If you take steps to reduce your weight, you can drastically reduce your risk of all these conditions. Losing weight can also reduce the amount of pressure on your joints, delaying or preventing the onset of arthritis. Though it may be difficult at first, you’ll find that losing weight is easy once you get some momentum.  

    Boost Your Confidence

    It’s common for people who are overweight to feel depressed or have low self-esteem. If your weight is affecting your confidence, you’ll likely find that weight loss can boost your self-image. Everyone could use a boost of confidence at one time or another—especially when going out on a date or preparing for a job interview.   

    Improve Your Mood

    Weight loss isn’t just good for your physical health, but for your mental health as well. Getting closer to average weight can help keep your hormones in balance, which can in turn help you keep a more even temper. Regular exercise and healthy eating—which are essential weight loss tools—are effective for reducing stress.

    For more information on how you can lose weight and improve your health, call The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at (561) 899-4855. Our bariatric surgeons are dedicated to ensuring that our Atlantis, FL patients have all the information they need to live healthy, happy lives.

    Dieting Tips to Help You Lose Weight

    Last updated 10 days ago

    After bariatric surgery, following a healthy diet is a crucial part of recovery. By sticking to a healthy eating plan, you’ll reap the most benefits from your surgery and keep the weight off for the long run.

    This video examines healthy eating strategies you can use to plan your meals. Eating balanced, portion-controlled snacks and meals throughout the day will help you stay satisfied, making it easier to stick to your plan. Remember that eating well doesn’t mean depriving yourself; it simply means making smarter food choices.

    The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute will help you adapt to a new way of eating after your bariatric surgery. Learn more about our bariatric procedures and eating healthy by calling (561) 899-4855. 

    An Overview of the Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The sleeve gastrectomy procedure is a type of bariatric surgery that surgeons often recommend for younger patients. It involves the removal of about two-thirds of the stomach. The stomach becomes a banana-shaped tube to restrict food intake. Typically, patients who have this bariatric surgery see about a 70 percent loss of excess body weight.

    Watch this video to hear more about this type of weight loss surgery. A bariatric surgeon at JFK Medical Center discusses the long-term success of the surgery and explains why revision surgery is sometimes necessary. He also explains the factors that would make a person a good candidate for this surgery.

    To find out whether sleeve gastrectomy or another bariatric surgery might be right for you, consult the specialists at The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center. For a referral to a weight loss surgeon, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (561) 899-4855.

    Tips for Rewarding Your Weight Loss Successes

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Losing weight is never an easy process. You have to work hard to reduce your meal portions, eat more nutritious foods, and maintain a steady exercise regimen. As you reach impressive weight loss milestones, you deserve to reward yourself; however, rewarding yourself with food can easily send you down the wrong path. Here are a few suggestions for rewarding your hard work during your weight loss journey.  

    Take a Spa Day

    Being mad at yourself for being overweight is counterproductive. Stress and negative energy can actually harm your weight loss efforts. Instead, take a positive approach to weight loss and give yourself plenty of positive reinforcement. For example, once you lose 25 pounds, you might treat yourself to a relaxing spa day. Getting a massage, facial, and pedicure can help make you feel much more relaxed and better about life in general.

    Get Yourself Something Nice

    Maintaining realistic expectations is another important aspect of weight loss. Failing to meet unrealistic goals can take a significant toll on your morale. Instead, make your goals more manageable and treat yourself to all sorts of goodies along the way. Once you lose 50 pounds, you might buy a new TV for yourself, or a new bike. The pleasant feeling that comes with getting new things can help sustain your positive attitude.

    Treat Yourself to a Vacation

    While small goals can help you get through each day, you might also set grander, long-term goals for yourself. For example, once you lose 100 pounds, you might treat yourself to a vacation to some world destination you’ve always wanted to visit. Once you lose all the weight, you’ll have much more energy to explore and take in all the sights!

    If you can’t lose weight through diet and exercise, you might consider bariatric surgery. The bariatric surgeons at JFK Bariatric Institute have performed numerous gastric bypass, Lap-Band, and gastric sleeve surgeries. Call us at (561) 899-4855 to set up an appointment.



The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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