Weight loss doctors in West Palm Beach, Florida
JFK Medical Center is home to The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute, which is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals. Our weight loss team approaches treatment for morbid obesity—100 pounds or more over ideal body weight—with a multidisciplinary mindset to help each patient achieve significant weight loss and improved overall health.
To attend one of our weekly information sessions about weight loss surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 548-4535
With the help of our bariatric experts, life changing weight loss is possible. If your weight is keeping you from enjoying life to the fullest, bariatric surgery may be an option for you. You'll be happy to know that our bariatric program is one of the only fully accredited programs in Palm Beach County.
Nationally recognized bariatric surgery program
The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute is recognized as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Patients choose The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute for:
- Our hospital's and physicians' recognition for excellence in bariatric surgery
- Our specialized equipment to meet every patients needs
- Our staff that is trained to recognized health issues specific to weight loss surgery patients
- Our multidisciplinary team consisting of bariatrics surgeons, behavioral health specialists and nutritionists available to help when patients face dietary challenges and answer questions
- Our professionally facilitated support group that helps patients cope with lifestyles changes and challenges
- The opportunity to meet with patients who have undergone bariatric surgery and hear about their experiences
Comprehensive weight loss surgery care
We offer comprehensive care for our patients through multiple programs, including wellness services for medical weight loss and bariatric surgical procedures. Our team of bariatric surgeons, nutritionists, psychologists, registered nurses and support staff are here with you through every step of your weight loss journey.
We provide comprehensive educational resources to help you learn if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery and offer continued follow-up care to ensure your continued success. From your first information session to postoperative appointments, we are always by your side.
Multidisciplinary approach to weight loss
The Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute differentiates itself from other weight loss programs by offering a truly multidisciplinary team approach to treatment for morbid obesity. Whether a patient is seeking nutritional services for medically supervised weight loss or a bariatric surgical procedure, our program offers effective options for weight management.
Our complete wellness program offers three main services:
- Surgical weight loss options
- Extensive nutritional changes
- Psychological support both before and after surgery
Our multidisciplinary team approach offers a unique experience, in that you will be seen by a nutritionist and psychologist specializing in weight loss at each of your postoperative visits.
We believe that combining surgical, nutritional and psychological care is vital to helping our patients achieve his or her weight loss goals and maintaining weight loss after surgery.
Bariatric surgery information session
To learn more about minimally invasive surgical options, attend one of our weekly information sessions. You must RSVP to attend an information session. Information sessions take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8:30am and on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30pm. These seminars are held at the Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute, 4665 S. Congress Ave., Suite 102, Lake Worth, FL 33462.
For more information on weight loss services at JFK Medical Center, call us at (561) 548-2274.
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Weight loss surgery procedures
Our bariatric surgeons provide several options for surgical weight loss in Palm Beach County. Surgical weight loss procedures work through restriction, malabsorption or a combination of the two. Our experienced staff will advise you about the procedure that is best for your individual situation.
Laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, also called gastric sleeve, is a procedure where the bariatric surgeon removes approximately two-thirds of the stomach, resulting in a quicker sense of fullness and a decrease in appetite. It shapes the stomach into a “tube” or “sleeve” and can also be used as a first stage operation prior to a gastric bypass.
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 a year and a half.
Gastric banding, usually done laparoscopically, is a less invasive procedure and may require frequent office visits to maintain the band tightness level. During this procedure, surgeons place an inflatable silicone band around the upper stomach to create a new, tiny pouch that will limit the amount of food that can be consumed, slowing its progression into the stomach and intestines.
The patient feels full sooner and is satisfied with smaller amounts of food, ultimately losing up to 40 percent of his or her excess weight over a three year period. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis and normal activities can be resumed in one week.
Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB) is the most common gastric bypass procedure, where a small (30 milliliters) stomach pouch is created 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. The limited quantity of food, combined with reduced absorption of calories, results in faster and perhaps more pronounced weight loss than 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 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, patients can experience weight regain or other anatomic problems from previous bariatric surgery. Revisional bariatric surgery can be very complex and requires an individual approach. Our surgeons will investigate the cause for weight regain and the need for revision and tailor a plan to fit each individual patient.
Postoperative patient support
Our postoperative care focuses on healthy lifestyle changes and providing the support required during your weight loss journey. In addition to seeing a nutritionist and psychologist at each postoperative visit, we offer monthly support groups where you can find guidance and peer support. Exercise therapy is also available.
Patient financial and insurance information
Our staff is experienced and able to provide guidance regarding insurance benefits, coverage criteria and authorizations for bariatric procedures.
In an effort to make bariatric surgery accessible to our patients, we offer affordable self-pay pricing for individuals who do not qualify for coverage from their health insurance plans. Please inquire for more information.
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