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    The Benefits of Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Losing 10 or 15 pounds is one thing, but losing 100 or more pounds is quite another. For people who are overweight or obese, the prospect of losing significant weight can be daunting. If you’re overweight and are interested in bringing your weight down to a healthy range, you might consider doing so with the help of bariatric surgery. The medical professionals at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute will gladly discuss the benefits of bariatric surgery with you.

    Significant Weight Loss

    Bariatric surgery can help facilitate drastic weight loss by altering the anatomy of your gastrointestinal tract. Depending on which type of surgery you choose, you could have your stomach reduced in size or constricted in such a way that reduces your caloric intake. The vast majority of patients successfully keep off 50% of their excess weight after surgery.  

    Increased Activity

    Excess weight can make life difficult in a lot of ways. For example, people who are overweight have a much more difficult time getting around. After you recover from bariatric surgery and start losing weight, you’ll notice that you have much more energy than you did before.

    Fewer Health Risks

    Obesity is linked to a long list of potentially deadly conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. If you currently have one of these conditions, or are at risk of developing them, you’ll find that bariatric surgery and weight loss can help extend your life.    

    Better Outlook

    Bariatric surgery is also great for boosting one’s mood and general outlook. Depression is more prevalent in people with obesity than those who are of an average weight, and overweight individuals are more likely to experience mood swings caused by hormone imbalance. Many people find that the results of bariatric surgery drastically boost their confidence.

    Bariatric surgery alone is not enough to lose weight. For the best results, you need to discuss an exercise and diet plan with your doctor. For help finding a good bariatric surgeon, call The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 899-4855.

    Understanding the Adjustable Gastric Band

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Millions of people have changed their lives with bariatric surgery. By shrinking their stomachs, overweight individuals all over the U.S. have shrunk their appetites and shed dozens if not hundreds of pounds. If you’re considering bariatric surgery, you should know that there are a few different types. The bariatric surgeons at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute can teach you everything you need to know about these procedures, including the adjustable gastric band.   

    Initial Procedure

    Unlike roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, which involves the removal of a portion of the stomach, adjustable gastric band surgery doesn’t involve rearranging your anatomy. Instead, it involves the placement of an inflatable band around the upper part of the stomach. This limits the amount of food that can enter the stomach, which makes the patient feel full quicker at mealtimes.  

    Later Adjustments

    One of the unique features of the adjustable gastric band is that it can be manipulated without further surgery. Once the inflatable band has been secured around the top part of the stomach, a physician can tighten the band by filling it with saline. The adjustable band is usually filled gradually, giving the patient plenty of time to adjust.    

    Advantages and Disadvantages

    One of the greatest advantages of the adjustable gastric band is that it doesn’t involve any sophisticated cutting and reconfiguring of the stomach and intestines. It also involves a much shorter recovery time than other bariatric surgeries and is completely reversible. However, it’s important to note that the adjustable gastric band doesn’t encourage weight loss as quickly as other procedures.

    Many people have had great success with the adjustable gastric band. However, it may not be the ideal bariatric surgery for you. For help determining which type of bariatric surgery will best suit your body type, call The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute at (561) 899-4855. Our knowledgeable nurses are standing by to answer all your questions.

    Bariatric Surgery for Diabetic Patients

    Last updated 1 month ago

    According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, roughly 9% of all Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is especially common among individuals who are overweight. If you are overweight and have diabetes, you might ask your doctor how bariatric surgery could help you manage your condition.

    Diabetes is directly related to the development of heart disease, depression, cancer, and many other dangerous conditions. One of the best ways to reduce complications associated with diabetes is to lose weight. If you’re struggling to lose weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery may be the right option for you. After undergoing bariatric surgery, your stomach will be a fraction of its normal size. This will reduce your appetite and your total caloric intake, helping you lose weight and effectively manage your diabetes.  

    Bariatric surgery can be a life-saving procedure for some people with diabetes. For more information about how bariatric surgery can improve your life, call The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 899-4855.

     

    A Look at the Health Risks of Obesity

    Last updated 1 month ago

    For many people, overeating and refraining from exercise are conscious lifestyle decisions. However, these decisions often lead to considerable weight gain and obesity. People who gain weight to the point of obesity should be aware of the consequences. Obesity isn’t just a superficial issue, but one that can have severe health effects. If you are overweight or obese, you should let the medical professionals at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute help you avoid the following health risks.  

    Heart Disease

    Obesity is one of the main risk factors of heart disease, and heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Individuals with obesity are more likely to have high levels of plaque in their arteries, which in turn increases the risk of heart attack and heart failure.

    Stroke

    Many of the same people who are at risk of heart disease are also at risk of stroke. High blood pressure can cause the arteries to weaken, and may lead to a hemorrhagic stroke. The high level of plaque in the blood can also cause an ischemic stroke, or a blood clot in the brain  

    Diabetes

    Roughly 25% of people who are clinically obese also have diabetes. Those who are overweight typically have a high level of blood glucose, or sugar. Over time, the body may struggle to turn glucose into energy, which may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.   

    Cancer

    Researchers have identified a clear link between obesity and the development of certain kinds of cancer. Obesity is a particularly worrisome risk factor for breast, colon, and gallbladder cancers.

    If you are concerned about your weight and are ready to do something about it, schedule an appointment with a bariatric surgeon at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute. We’re pleased to help our neighbors in Atlantis, FL achieve their weight loss goals. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 899-4855 if you have any questions about our services or facility.

     

    Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

    Last updated 2 months 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.

     




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