Bariatric (Weight-Loss) Surgery Options
Don't let obesity hold you back from living the life you want. Our Weight-Loss Surgery Program features various types of bariatric procedures. All of our procedures include a structured follow-up plan, ongoing guidance and support from a dedicated team of experts.
Our Weight-Loss Procedures
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band® System)
The Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band is typically an outpatient surgery that reduces the functional size of the stomach. A small, ring-like band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to make a new, egg-sized stomach pouch that can only hold less than half a cup of food at a time. Once in place, the band can be adjusted. This surgery doesn't involve cutting or stapling the stomach or intestines, and it is fully reversible. Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band surgery can result in a significant loss of excess weight within a two- to three-year period.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
During gastric bypass, a small pouch is cut out of the stomach, and the small intestine is rerouted to this pouch. This tends to be a quicker, more aggressive weight-loss option. Unlike the Lap Band, it is neither adjustable nor reversible. This type of surgery typically involves about a two-night hospital stay. Although most of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine no longer have food traveling through them, they still produce important digestive juices that are emptied into the small intestine and help with digestion. Most people who have gastric bypass experience a significant reduction in excess weight within the first 18 months after surgery.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
The sleeve gastrectomy is a weight-loss procedure that is particularly well suited to patients who have high surgical risk because of extreme obesity or associated medical conditions. It typically requires about a one-night hospital stay. The procedure involves removing about 75 percent of the stomach, leaving behind a "banana shaped" sleeve of stomach. This remaining portion of stomach restricts the amount of food that a patient can eat and leads to significant weight loss. There is no cutting or rerouting of the small intestines. The part of the stomach that is removed normally secretes a hormone that is responsible for appetite and hunger. Without it, people don't feel the need to eat as often as they did before, which contributes to their weight loss.
The intragastric balloon is a minimally invasive procedure that was developed to supplement a healthy nutrition and exercise regimen. We are among the first hospitals to make this procedure available in Broward County.
About the procedure:
- A soft silicone balloon is placed in the stomach and filled with saline during a minimally invasive endoscopy that requires only mild sedation.
- The balloon takes up space in the stomach, so you feel less hungry and eat smaller meals.
- The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes and most patients can return home the same day.
- After six months, the balloon is removed and the patient continues to meet with a nutritionist to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Learn More About Bariatric Weight-Loss Options
Weight-loss surgery is not for everyone, but it may be right for you. Attend one of our weight-loss seminars.