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    Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Your Weight Concerns

    Last updated 4 days ago

    If you’re worried about your weight or if you’ve tried unsuccessfully to lose weight, talking to your physician about these concerns is a good way to take a proactive approach to your wellness. Ahead of your appointment, it’s a good idea to write down a list of questions and concerns you have. For example, you might ask your physician how your weight, family history, and personal medical history might affect your risk of obesity-related diseases. You can ask your doctor whether there are any indicators that an obesity-related health condition is developing, and if so, how you can manage that condition.

    At the beginning of your appointment, mention to your doctor that you have a list of questions. Take along a notebook and write down notes about your physician’s answers. You can always ask for clarification if you’re unclear about anything. Your physician may ask you about your current and past weight loss efforts, and he or she can provide guidance on lifestyle modifications. Your doctor might also refer you to a bariatric specialist to discuss having weight loss surgery, such as the gastric sleeve procedure.

    The bariatric surgery team at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute looks forward to helping you make an informed decision for your health. You can reach us by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (561) 899-4855.

    Should You Consider Gastric Banding?

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Gastric banding is a type of bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, which involves creating a small stomach pouch by placing a band around the stomach. This restricts the amount of food you can eat before you feel full. Bariatric surgery isn’t a quick fix to obesity, nor is it right for everyone. However, if you are a good candidate for gastric banding, the procedure can help you lose a significant amount of weight and manage obesity-related medical conditions.

    You can consult a bariatric surgeon to determine if gastric banding is right for you. You’ll learn how the procedure is performed, how you’ll need to prepare for the surgery, and how you can facilitate your recovery. In general, gastric banding may be appropriate for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. It may be appropriate for those with a lower BMI if these individuals also have a medical condition that may be better managed through weight loss. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. Additionally, good candidates for bariatric surgery are willing to follow the surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions closely, including making significant lifestyle changes.

    You’ll find patient-centered care and comprehensive wellness services at The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute. For general information about bariatric surgery, call (561) 899-4855 and speak with a registered nurse.

    Exploring Some Diseases Associated with Obesity

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Obesity is a condition itself and a risk factor for a number of other health conditions. If you’ve been struggling to lose weight on your own to no avail, bariatric surgery could be the right investment in your future health. As you achieve a normal weight after your procedure, your risk of developing many obesity-related health problems is significantly diminished. Here’s a look at some of the conditions bariatric surgery could help you avoid.

    Type 2 Diabetes

    Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is often closely linked to obesity. Type 2 diabetes is linked to other health risks, from kidney problems to heart disease. In most cases, type 2 diabetes can be brought under better control with weight loss surgery, and for some patients, it may disappear completely.

    Heart Disease

    If you’re obese, your heart has to work harder with every beat, which can cause damage over time. Obesity increases your risk of developing other heart disease risk factors—including high blood pressure and high cholesterol—that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Losing as little as five to 10 percent of your body weight can reduce your heart disease risk factors, and dramatic post-bariatric-surgery weight loss can reduce it even further.


    Most people don’t think about obesity as a cancer risk factor, but it is. There is a proven link between obesity and colon, breast, endometrium, kidney, and esophageal cancers. Doctors believe that gallbladder, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers may also have some link to obesity.

    Find out how the JFK Bariatric Institute can help you beat these and other obesity-related conditions with bariatric surgery. We offer monthly information sessions and our team is always available to discuss your bariatric surgery options. Start your weight loss journey today by calling (561) 899-4855.  

    Exploring Your Surgery Choices

    Last updated 19 days ago

    When it comes to bariatric surgery, you have several choices. It’s important to find a bariatric surgeon who makes you feel comfortable so you can work through all of your options with him or her. If you’re considering bariatric surgery, here are just some of the decisions you’ll need to make.

    One of your first decisions is where to have your surgery. Look for an accredited bariatric program with surgeons experienced in the type of surgery you wish to have. A good program should also offer extensive patient education and support before and after the procedure. Paying for your surgery is another consideration. Not all insurance companies cover bariatric surgery. You will also need to make decisions about the type of procedure you want to have, when to have the surgery, and what kind of help you will need during recovery.

    The JFK Bariatric Institute has a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, and others to support you through every step of your weight loss plan. Start the process of learning about your bariatric surgery choices by calling (561) 899-4855. 

    How Does Obesity Impact Self-Esteem?

    Last updated 24 days ago

    The value of a person goes far beyond his appearance. However, obesity can make it difficult for a person to have confidence in himself and his abilities. Especially when weight issues begin in childhood, an individual may struggle with self-esteem problems for decades. Over time, low confidence can impact every part of life, including career success and personal achievement.

    Bariatric surgery can alleviate the physical health complications of obesity and also foster greater self-esteem. In many cases, patients turn to surgical weight loss only after multiple diet and exercise attempts. When these measures fail, patients often feel even lower self-esteem. By realizing their weight loss goals with bariatric surgery, recipients can enjoy the confidence necessary to be successful in other areas of life.

    Would you like to learn more about bariatric surgery? The JFK Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute offers several surgical weight loss options, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and lap band. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 899-4855 for more information.


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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