Weight loss surgery in Fort Lauderdale

Northwest Medical Center is recognized as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), in partnership with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Although weight loss is the intended outcome of bariatric surgery, these operations are meant to transform the health of our patients for a better quality of life. Our expert bariatric surgeons use weight loss surgery as a tool to treat obesity and morbid obesity.

To find out if bariatric surgery might be right for you, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 601-8094.

What is obesity?

Obesity is measured by a patient's body mass index, or BMI. BMI uses height and weight to measure body fat. A person is considered obese if they have a BMI of 30.0-39.9, and a person is considered morbidly obese if they have a BMI of 40 or greater.

Health risks of morbid obesity

Along with the physiological impact of morbid obesity, there are significant medical health issues that affect the body’s overall health and functions. These co-occurring issues can affect many organs in the body and lead to serious illnesses, including:

Bariatric surgery, combined with better diet and lifestyle choices, can be an effective way to lose weight—and keep it off.

What is bariatric surgery?

When a patient undergoes bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, the size of the stomach is reduced, which limits the amount of food a person can consume—usually from about two quarts to two ounces. A smaller stomach means a patient will require less food to feel full, leading to a reduction in calories and, therefore, weight loss.

If bariatric surgery is paired with healthy eating habits and exercise, the procedure can lead to significant weight loss. However, it is important that interested individuals meet with a weight loss specialist and evaluate all options, including non-surgical alternatives.

When you discuss bariatric surgery with your weight loss doctor, they will clarify:

  • Patients must be aware of the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery before moving forward
  • Bariatric surgery does not involve liposuction (the removal of fat tissue by suction or excision)
  • Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure
  • Excluding gastric banding, weight loss surgeries approved in the U.S. are irreversible
  • The success of weight loss surgery depends on the patient's commitment to long-term lifestyle changes, including exercise and nutrition
  • Complications with bariatric surgery may require additional operations

Advanced bariatric surgical care

At Northwest Medical Center, our goal is to ensure patients considering bariatric surgery feel informed and comfortable throughout the process. We understand surgery is something to take seriously, which is why we offer:

  • The latest in surgical technology and equipment
  • Full-service acute care
  • Customized in-patient rooms and equipment specifically for bariatric patients
  • Specialized nurses and other clinical personnel trained to provide preoperative and postoperative bariatric care
  • Extensive patient education, including information on support groups
  • 24-hour access to bariatric specialists and surgeons

Bariatric procedures

Gastric bypass

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in the U.S. This minimally invasive procedure is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity currently available. Weight loss occurs as a result of reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing a portion of the small intestine creating a minimal amount of malabsorption (inability to absorb nutrients). In most cases, patients report an early sense of fullness and satisfaction that decreases the desire to eat.

This approach results in a shortened hospital stay of two to three days, limited pain and discomfort and reduced risk of infection.

Gastric sleeve

Through a gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, the stomach size is surgically reduced to about one quarter of its original size. With a smaller stomach, patients report feeling full from less food, therefore causing weight loss. This procedure is recommended for patients with a BMI of 40 or greater. Patients should be aware that with this procedure all nutrients are absorbed in the stomach, making it easier to revert to previous eating behaviors.

We are one of the only facilities in the region performing gastric sleeve using advanced robotic technology, which allows for increased precision and smaller incisions during surgery and a faster recovery time for the patient.

Gastric lap band

During a gastric lap band procedure, a band is placed at the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch. The opening to the rest of the digestive track is adjustable through a small port. Most patients who choose a gastric lap band procedure experience the same amount of weight loss as other weight loss surgeries, however, at a slower rate.

Unlike other procedures, the gastric lap band is reversible and does not alter the patients anatomy.

Candidates for bariatric surgery

Eligibility for a bariatric surgery candidate depends on a number of different patient factors, including BMI, blood work, and results from diagnostic imaging procedures. Patients must meet the following requirements to be considered for bariatric surgery:

  • At least 100 pounds or more over healthy body weight
  • BMI of 40 or greater
  • Multiple failed medically supervised weight loss attempts (within one to two years)
  • Between the ages of 18 and 60 years old
  • A passed psychological exam

Bariatric surgery support group

Bariatric Support Groups are offered for those considering bariatric surgery, as well as post-op patients in various stages of their weight-loss journey. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at 2960 N State Road 7, Room 104.

For more information or to RSVP, call (954) 601-8094

Bariatric surgery information session

To learn more about minimally invasive surgical options, attend one of our information sessions. You must RSVP to attend an information session.

To attend one of our information sessions about weight loss surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse(C) team at (954) 601-8094