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The decision to undergo bariatric surgery can be life changing. 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 reduced those risks dramatically. Multiple studies show that the risks of doing nothing about morbid obesity far outweigh the risks of the surgery itself.
Baptist Center for Bariatric Surgery offers three of the most popular weight loss surgeries. It is important to know all your options and discuss them in detail with your surgeon to determine the best fit for you.
The sleeve gastrectomy is the most common procedure for morbid obesity as of 2013. It has been available in the U.S. for around 10 years.
LAP-BAND® and Realize® are two commonly used trade names for gastric banding systems. Adjustable gastric banding procedures are considered to be the least invasive bariatric surgery option, but the potential for long-term weight loss may be lower.
Gastric bypass procedures are considered the gold standard for bariatric surgery because of the exceptional potential for weight loss. The bypass is the most popular bariatric surgical procedure currently available in the United States.
Using small incisions in the abdomen, the surgeons view the abdominal cavity with the help of a high definition camera, or laparoscope. While 95 percent of our bariatric surgeries are performed laparoscopically, not all patients will qualify for this type of procedure. Advantages of laparoscopic surgery may include:
Less Visible Scarring
Less Risk of Infection
Shorter Hospital Stay
After gastric bypass or the sleeve gastrectomy, you will be required to follow-up in our office at two weeks, two to three months, six and 12 months, then yearly. Gastric banding patients have follow-ups 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 under the direction of a dietician 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 should 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
Baptist Medical Center South: Azalea, Begonia, Camelia Conference Rooms
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.