JFK Bariatric
The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Healthy Eating New Year's Resolutions

The New Year marks a perfect opportunity to recommit to a healthier way of eating. After bariatric surgery, eating healthy will help you reach your goal weight and maintain your weight loss. Opting for a healthier diet doesn’t have to be complicated or leave you feeling deprived. There are simple ways to make small changes to the way you eat that can dramatically improve your health and control your weight. Try these tips to stay on track with healthier eating this year.

Look Beyond Fresh

Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of any healthy eating plan, and choosing fresh varieties is wonderful for many dishes. However, don’t limit yourself to the produce section. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables often pack the same nutritional punch, and they allow you to enjoy your favorites at their peak freshness, even out of season. If you go for canned, be sure to choose varieties packed in water or their own juices, with no added salt.

Tweak Your Recipes

You may be surprised at how easy it is to keep your favorite higher-calories meals in your diet simply by making some minor recipe changes. Trade whole milk for skimmed, low-fat cheese for regular, and white pasta for whole-grain. Increase the nutritional value of recipes by adding extra veggies, or swap out oil in favor of applesauce when you’re baking. These small changes can dramatically reduce calories without sacrificing flavor.

Watch Your Portions

Enjoying all of your favorite foods becomes easier if you control your portions. After weight loss procedures, like gastric bypass surgery, you won’t be able to eat large portions, so be sure to focus on getting nutrient-dense calories to stay healthy. Your surgeon can help you understand how to balance your diet and how to have occasional treats without sacrificing your overall healthy eating plan.

Patient education before and after surgery is a priority at The JFK Bariatric Institute. We will support you throughout your journey, from weight loss surgery in Lake Worth to learning a new way to eat. Get on the road to a healthier lifestyle today by calling (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

How Weight Loss Can Improve Your Nightly Sleep

Most patients who consider bariatric surgery are focused on how surgery can improve their heart health and type 2 diabetes, but they often overlook how losing weight could improve their sleep. Obesity is closely linked to issues with sleep health, and poor sleep, in turn, can further exacerbate many obesity-related conditions. Weight loss surgery can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your sleep for several reasons. Here are some of the ways losing weight can impact how you sleep.

Reducing Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is the most significant sleep complication associated with obesity. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway in the throat is closed off while you are sleeping, which causes you to wake up and gasp for air. This can happen hundreds of time during a night, though you may be unaware of the episodes. The first symptom many people experience with sleep apnea is unexplained daytime fatigue. Because sleep apnea is associated with a long list of health risks, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and an increased risk of car accidents, diagnosis and treatment is important. Weight loss is one of the most effective ways to reduce or eliminate sleep apnea.

Less Insomnia

Research has indicated that people who lose weight experience fewer problems with insomnia, although the reason is not clear. Doctors suspect it may be a combination of factors, including improved hormone levels, more exercise, and a general improvement in overall health. The reason weight loss improves insomnia may not yet be understood, but the link is clear.

Whether you have gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric band surgery in Lake Worth at The JFK Bariatric Institute, a dramatic improvement in your overall health is almost certain to be in your future. Find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and request a FREE physician referral, by calling (561) 548-4JFK (4535).

Healthy Tips for Tackling Tailgating Favorites

Part of the fun of football season happens before the game, when the tailgating begins. Unfortunately, if you’re trying to lose weight after bariatric surgery, tailgating is often synonymous with eating fatty foods. However, you don’t have to skip the fun if you’re eating healthy. Instead, make a few painless swaps to take part in tailgating without sabotaging your weight loss efforts. When you’re grilling burgers, choose the leanest possible meat and try a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. Bake chicken wings instead of frying them for all of the taste without the fat. Get more tips for healthy tailgating in this infographic from The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute. In addition to providing gastric bypass, lap-band, and gastric sleeve surgery, our team offers support as patients strive to reach their goal weights. Help others enjoy football season without weight gain by sharing this helpful information.

What Are the Possible Advantages of the Gastric Sleeve Procedure?

If you’re considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is deciding which procedure is right for you. Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve surgery, involves removing a portion of your stomach and shaping the remaining portion into a sleeve-shaped pouch about the size of a banana. Only your doctor can help you decide if sleeve gastrectomy is the right procedure for you, but here is a look at some of the advantages.

Significant Weight Loss

The gastric sleeve procedure encourages weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach so that you are satisfied with much less food than you previously consumed. Patients who undergo gastric sleeve surgery experience dramatic weight loss quickly that outpaces gastric banding and, in some cases, surpasses gastric bypass. Although every patient is different, people lose an average of 60 percent of their excess weight after gastric sleeve surgery. You can lose even more if you stick to a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Faster Procedure

For patients and surgeons alike, minimizing the amount of time spent under anesthesia has benefits. Gastric sleeve surgery is generally faster than gastric bypass, so patients do not require anesthesia for as long. Faster surgery and less time spent under anesthesia can also make recovery a faster and easier process.

Fewer Nutritional Deficiencies

During gastric bypass surgery, a part of the intestines is re-routed to reduce calorie absorption. Although this supports weight loss, it can also lead to nutritional deficiencies. With gastric sleeve surgery, the intestines are left in place, so deficiencies are less of a problem. Likewise, there is no risk of dumping syndrome like there is with gastric bypass because they pylorus is left intact.

The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute offers a variety of weight loss surgery procedures and support services, including sleeve gastrectomy near Atlantis. Get on the road to better health today and call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 965-7300 to get answers to your questions about weight loss surgery and a referral to one of our physicians.

Answers to Your Questions about Lap Band Surgery

The lap band procedure, also known as gastric band surgery, is one of the options for bariatric surgery your doctor may discuss with you. This procedure is ideal for some patients because, unlike gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, it doesn’t involve the removal of any part of the stomach. If you’re considering this kind of weight loss surgery, there is a good chance you have several questions. Here are the answers to some of the concerns patients usually have about this procedure.

How Does the Lap Band Work?

The lap band restricts the amount you can eat by reducing the size of your stomach. However, instead of removing a portion of your stomach, the surgeon places the band tightly around part of your stomach to create a small pouch for food. Because the lap band is less invasive than other types of bariatric surgery, patients usually only need an overnight stay in the hospital. Some patients can leave the same day of their procedures.

What Kind of Weight Loss Should I Expect?

Weight loss with gastric banding is usually slower than weight loss with other types of surgery. Most patients lose about one to two pounds per week. It is important to control your portion sizes and the types of foods you eat after surgery to increase your weight loss success. No foods are off limit after the lap band procedure, unlike with other bariatric procedures, but choosing high-calorie foods that are low in nutrition will compromise your weight loss efforts.

When Does the Lap Band Need to Be Adjusted?

If you are not as losing much weight as you had hoped, or if you are losing weight too rapidly, your surgeon may adjust your lap band to make your stomach pouch larger or smaller. Adjustments are fast and usually performed in your surgeon’s office using a small needle that is inserted via an access port created during your initial surgery. Your band can be adjusted as many times as needed.

Is lap band surgery right for you? Schedule a consultation at The JFK Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute to find out more about weight loss surgery in Atlantis. For a referral or additional information about adjustable gastric band surgery, call (561) 965-7300.

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