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Bariatric surgery offers many benefits beyond significant weight loss and an improvement in physical appearance. Our primary goal is to improve or eliminate the diseases associated with obesity and overall, allow patients to live a healthier, longer life. In most cases, major co-morbidities including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea are improved or eliminated as a result of bariatric surgery. As an added bonus, you may be able to reduce or eliminate certain medications after your procedure. While bariatric surgery is major surgery and should be considered as such, in cases of true medical need, it is proven to be the most effective, long-term weight loss option available.
The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is not to be taken lightly. Bariatric surgery has risks much like any other surgical procedure, but advances in medical knowledge and technology and the use of modern, minimally invasive techniques have cut those risks dramatically. We believe that the risks of doing nothing about morbid obesity far outweigh the risks of the surgery itself. For a comprehensive overview of the risks of surgery, please contact our office or attend a free weight loss seminar.
Our surgical team performs gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Together we will determine which of the procedures is best for your individual circumstance.
Bariatric surgery is an option for those who are morbidly obese and not those wanting to lose “twenty or so” pounds. The National Institute of Health has outlined the criteria for the ideal bariatric surgery patient, which is a body mass index of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35-39 with co-morbidities such as type II diabetes. A BMI calculator is provided in the right side-bar of this website. In addition to BMI your surgeon will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam and review tests to ensure you are a safe candidate for surgery.
Bariatric surgery is major surgery and cost considerations are important. Generally, costs vary between procedures, with the gastric band being the least expensive procedure and gastric bypass the most. How you finance your procedure and whether or not your insurance will cover a portion will determine your out-of-pocket cost.
Insurance coverage varies between providers and even plans, so be sure to check with your insurance company about the specifics of your policy. While most insurance companies will cover some form of bariatric surgery, not all procedures may be covered, and co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses will vary. We will verify your benefits and submit all required documentation for
approval - at no additional cost to you.
Recovery times will vary between procedures and can also depend on the health of the individual patient. Generally, minimally invasive surgery, which accounts for the vast majority of our procedures, has shorter recovery times than open procedures. You can expect to spend a day or two in the hospital and one to three weeks before returning to work. Gastric band patients usually return to work in about a week or so, and most sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass patients return in two to three weeks.
After gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy you will be required to follow-up in our office at 2 weeks, two to three months, six and 12 months, then yearly Gastric banding patients have follow-up monthly the first year after surgery and then every other month the second year. Most patients will need to supplement their diets with a multivitamin and sometimes Vitamin B12, calcium or iron, depending on the procedure.
We provide free support group meetings to help you through the post-operative lifestyle change. Bariatric surgery is only a tool for weight loss and a strict diet and exercise regimen must be followed for optimal weight loss.
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Our free seminars are hosted by one of our board-certified bariatric surgeons. You'll learn about our three surgical options, next steps and get answers to your questions.
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Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, DuPont Auditorium
By attending a live seminar, you will meet our surgeons and get a more comprehensive understanding of bariatric surgery. But if you cannot attend in person, you may watch our online webinar.
Please call us for more information about starting your weight loss journey.