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Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric procedures, but all focus on making modifications to the digestive system with the goal of significant weight loss.

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Bariatric doctors and surgeons in Palm Beach County, Florida

If you struggle with obesity and have repeatedly tried to lose weight without success, bariatric surgery may be an option for you.

At HCA Florida JFK Hospital, our bariatric specialists, nutritionists and psychologists offer a lifelong weight loss program through The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute. It is recognized as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

HCA Florida Healthcare weight loss surgery

Watch this informational video to learn more about what weight loss surgery is and how it can improve your overall health. You will learn about the causes and effects of obesity, types of surgeries and their benefits, as well as what you can expect before, during and after a procedure.

Weight Loss Surgery: What it is and how it can improve your overall health.

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Make an appointment or learn more about our weight loss surgeons.

Make an appointment or learn more about our weight loss surgeons.

Weight loss surgical procedures we offer

Our bariatric surgeons offer a variety of weight loss procedures designed to help you achieve long-term weight loss.

Gastric banding

Gastric banding is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure where gastric surgeons place an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach to create a new, smaller pouch, limiting the amount of food that can be consumed.

Following this procedure, you will feel full sooner and satisfied with smaller amounts of food, ultimately losing up to 40 percent of your excess weight over a three year period.

Gastric banding is typically done on an outpatient basis and normal activities can typically be resumed after one week.

Gastric sleeve (laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy)

During a gastric sleeve procedure, a bariatric surgeon removes approximately two-thirds of the stomach, shaping the stomach into a "sleeve." Used as a first stage operation prior to a gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve procedure results in a quicker sense of fullness and a decrease in appetite.

Patients receiving a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy have the potential to lose 50 to 60 percent of their excess body weight, generally over the period of 18 months.

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB) is the most common gastric bypass procedure. RGB involves creating a small (30 milliliters) stomach pouch by separating it from the rest of the stomach. Then, a section of the small intestine is attached to the new pouch, allowing food to bypass the first portion of the small intestine and reducing calorie and nutrient absorption.

This results in faster weight loss than what is normally achieved by the gastric banding or sleeve procedures.

Gastric bypass procedures usually require a two- or three-day hospital stay and normal activities can typically be resumed in four to five weeks.

Revisional bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is very successful as a long-term treatment for morbid obesity. However, on some occasions, you may experience weight regain or have other anatomic issues with previous bariatric surgeries. Revisional bariatric surgery is used to correct these issues. It can be very complex and requires an individual approach, so our specially trained surgeons will investigate the cause for your weight regain and personalize a treatment plan just for you.

Support after weight loss surgery

Postoperative care at HCA Florida JFK Hospital focuses on healthy lifestyle changes and providing the support you need during your weight loss journey. Our multidisciplinary approach offers a unique, hands-on experience with weight-loss-focused nutritionists and psychologists at each of your postoperative visits.

Additionally, we offer exercise therapy and monthly support groups at which you can find guidance and peer support.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone, but our team will help determine if a weight loss procedure could be right for you.

Eligibility for bariatric surgery

  • You are 100 pounds or more over the healthy body weight for your height
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • You have a BMI of 35 or greater and obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • You are otherwise unable to sustain a healthy body weight, even through medically supervised dieting

Patient Guide and Checklist


Bariatric surgery requirements

The exact tests, forms and steps required before weight loss surgery can vary from person to person. However, we are here to help you navigate the process and have outlined the typical steps here:


Verify insurance coverage

Unless you plan to self-pay for bariatric surgery, contact your insurance provider to see if they will cover your procedure and, if so, what requirements they have.


Document medically monitored weight loss attempts

Most insurance companies require several months of medically documented and supervised weight loss attempts. Your primary care provider can help you with this process and documentation.


Schedule a bariatric surgery consultation with us

After you have gathered required documentation, please make an appointment with our weight loss team and we'll talk about the next steps together.


Complete a psychological evaluation

A psychological evaluation is required before weight loss surgery. It includes a detailed clinical interview and psychological tests that help us understand your mental health.


Complete a nutritional assessment

A nutritional assessment is also part of the preoperative plan of care. It will cover your postsurgical diet, emotional eating, food intake and identifying your triggers.


Paying for bariatric surgery

Our staff is pleased to offer you guidance through the processes of insurance benefits, coverage criteria and authorizations for bariatric procedures.

In an effort to make bariatric surgery accessible to everyone, we also offer affordable self-pay pricing for people who don't qualify for coverage from their health insurance plans.


Obesity medicine - weight loss program

Our obesity medicine program provides you with a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss. Each team member offers a unique skill set to aide in your success. The program includes:

  • Physical evaluation
  • Individually designed plan with nutritional evaluation
  • Weight loss education and guidance
  • Emotional counseling and support
  • Fitness and exercise evaluation and counseling

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Start your journey today by taking a free assessment.

Start your journey today by taking a free assessment.

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