If you suffer from obesity, then bariatric surgery might be a great option for you. This type of surgery helps individuals lose weight by limiting food consumption and altering the digestive process.

The impact of obesity on your health

Obesity increases your risk of developing major health problems affecting every organ system. Obesity increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, musculoskeletal disease, fertility problems and cancer.

Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Our bariatric surgeons are specially trained to perform different types of weight loss surgery depending on which treatment works for our patients. Our patients can maximize their weight loss by incorporating healthy eating and exercise habits. Our weight loss surgeons are affiliated with the bariatric surgery program at Plantation General Hospital.

Endoscopic Gastric Balloon

Recently approved by the FDA but this procedure has been performed worldwide for several years. This new same day procedure is an endoscopic procedure that takes 20 to 30 mins. There are no incisions or scars. A soft expandable gastric balloon is placed endoscopically. The balloon is left in place for 6 months. The patient is also enrolled in a 12 month comprehensive weight loss program. Most patients lose 30 to 50 pounds.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding involves placing an inflatable balloon-type device around the upper portion of the stomach. This device is connected to a port placed underneath the skin that allows inflation or deflation of the band. The band is adjusted in the office. Patients lose 40-60 percent of excess weight loss over three years.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy involves removing 85-90 percent of the stomach. Removing that portion of the stomach reduces the volume of the stomach as well as hormones that control hunger and satiety. The sleeve gastrectomy is considered a lower risk operation compared to the bypass and may be an excellent option for patients who desire comparable weight loss. This operation generally takes an hour to 90 minutes. Patients lose 60-70 percent of excess weight at one year.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is the gold standard for bariatric operations. The operations consist of two major parts. One is the creation of a small gastric pouch and the other is a re-routing of the small intestines. The operation combines a restrictive operation which decreases consumption and a malabsorptive operation which decreases the amount of fat the body is able to absorb. Patients lose 70 to 80 percent of excess weight loss at one year.

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