Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?
Obesity is the excess accumulation of body fat, to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health. It can lead to reduced life expectancy and increased health conditions such as certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, acid reflux, sleep apnea and type II diabetes.
Should I Consider Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is an option for individuals who:
- Are 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
- And are at least 18 years old
If you have tried traditional weight loss methods without success and you would like to explore the option of weight loss surgery, speak to your doctor or contact our weight loss team to see if you qualify. Call (855) 227-4387.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
What is a BMI?
BMI stands for body mass index. Body mass index is calculated based on a person's weight and height and is a reliable indicator of a how much body fat a person has.
This is an endoscopic procedure that can take as little as 15 minutes. This FDA-approved balloon is inserted in an outpatient setting and is removed approximately 6 months later for those with a suggested BMI of between 30 and 40.
How does it work?
- The balloon is placed endoscopically with the same type of endoscope that is used to look at a stomach when assessing for reflux disease.
- An individual comes into the hospital or endoscopy suite, has it placed and goes home the same day.
- The balloon is intended to be a space occupying balloon in the stomach that helps the individual feel full and eat less.
- The device is temporary, placed and then removed six months later. During that period of time, individuals are involved in behavior modification including diet and exercise.
How effective is the device?
- Individuals on the average lose about 35 pounds with the device in place, with a combination of the device, dietary counseling and an exercise program.
The Florida Bariatric Centers are here to help you on a path towards a healthier life. Weight loss surgery is considered the most successful approach to rescuing patients from morbid obesity. Surgery can also prevent, and sometimes reverse, the development of diseases associated with obesity.
Studies show that surgical weight loss patients have significant and lasting weight loss and improvement in diabetes, lipid levels, HDL levels, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility and many other medical conditions. Achieving a healthier weight has shown to improve quality and increase quantity of life.
Surgical or bariatric weight loss offers you the opportunity to live a healthier life.
- Enables you to feel satisfied with small amounts of food
- Eliminates or significantly reduces many medical conditions such as Type II Diabetes, resolve reflux or GERD, resolve sleep apnea and lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Allows you to live the life you want to live!
- And, with our new robotic technology, we offer an advanced, minimally invasive procedure for surgical weight loss
Some options include:
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the Adjustable Gastric Band System, involves a purely restrictive surgical procedure in which a band is placed around the upper most part of the stomach. This band divides the stomach into two portions, one small upper and one larger lower portion. Because the amount of food that passes through the band is regulated, most patients feel full faster. Food digestion occurs through the normal digestive process.
There are multiple Adjustable Gastric Banding Systems approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. All produce similar weight loss and have comparable complications.
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, is a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original size, by surgically removing a large portion of the stomach. There is no bypass involved. This procedure provides rapid weight loss and is a great alternative for patients with higher BMI’s.
Gastric Bypass (Laparoscopic)
Gastric bypass, also referred to as Roux-en-Y, uses both a restrictive and a malabsorptive surgery technique. It restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In addition to creating a smaller stomach pouch, the surgery changes the body's normal digestive process. As a result, food bypasses a large part of the stomach and most of the small intestine.
Diet and Exercise Regimen
After weight loss surgery it is absolutely essential to follow a specified eating regiment that will ensure that you properly heal and obtain adequate nutrition. Weight loss surgery is a surgical "tool" that can help you reduce unhealthy weight and body fat. The number one reason for failure of weight loss surgery is not following the post surgery diet and modified exercise program prescribed by your weight loss surgeon or dietitian.
Ideally, your diet should have changed before bariatric weight loss surgery to get you into the habit of eating more protein, eating less and eating healthy. Immediately after your weight loss surgery, your eating habits will drastically change in ways that will have a major impact on your lifestyle - for the rest of your life. After surgery, it will generally take about 9-12 weeks for you to gradually progress to eating solid foods.
It is very important to strictly comply with your physician's or dietitian's recommended diet guidelines.
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Support group meetings are an important way to get the emotional support and encouragement helping lead to sustained weight loss success. Each of the independent physicians who perform weight loss surgery at our hospitals suggest support groups for both pre-operative as well as post-operative support. These free support group meetings are offered on a regular basis. They are an excellent resource for anyone wanting to know more about life following surgery. They offer patients an opportunity to share their experiences with each other as well as gain support from our program’s professionals.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
This varies by procedure. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric band is done on an outpatient basis with a possible overnight stay, two to three days for a laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, and five to seven days for an open gastric bypass.
What should I bring with me?
Basic toiletries (comb, toothbrush, etc.) and clothing may be provided at the Florida Bariatric Centers, but most people prefer to bring their own. Choose clothes for your stay that are easy to put on and take off. Because of your incision, your clothes may become stained by blood or other body fluids. Other ideas:
- reading and writing materials
- crossword and other puzzles
- personal toiletries
What forms will I need?
Use the link below to download forms that can be completed and brought to our educational seminars, which will allow us to start the process of contacting your insurance company for all your pre-approval requirements.
- Intake Forms (PDF - 72.6 KB)
Florida Bariatric Centers
201 14th St
SW, Largo, FL 33770
Phone: (855) 227-4387
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