Research has shown that only two percent of morbidly obese people are able to achieve and maintain significant weight loss for five years through diet and exercise alone, whereas ninety-eight percent of surgical weight loss patients have accomplished this result.

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery

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Instead of putting your overweight child on a diet, emphasize healthy eating and getting plenty of physical activity. Get the rest of the family involved, so your child doesn't feel singled out. 

Broward Health Coral Springs now offers Bariatric surgery, a healthy alternative to obesity.

Obesity, a growing epidemic, is affecting much of the population in the U.S. In fact, results reveal that 57.4 percent of adults are overweight or obese, attributing to approximately 300,000 deaths per year. Recent information shows that the majority of Florida residents are physically inactive and do not consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. This physical inactivity and poor nutrition increases the risk of being overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity lead to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis as well as psychological distress.

The two gastric surgeries performed at Broward Health Coral Springs are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. These minimally invasive procedures are the most effective treatment for morbid obesity currently available. Broward Health Coral Springs utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to bariatric care providing patients with extensive pre- and post-operative education, nutritional and psychological counseling, a post-op fitness program and the long-term follow-up and support necessary to achieve and sustain your weight loss goals. At Broward Health Coral Springs, you are in good hands.

Is bariatric surgery right for your patient?
Clinical indications to consider prior to recommending bariatric surgery:
Appropriate candidates must meet the following requirements:

Surgical procedures:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Laproscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Is bariatric surgery right for your patient?

According to the NIH, an increase of 20 percent or more above your patient's ideal body weight is the point where health becomes a risk. Obesity becomes morbid when a patient is 100 pounds or more above his or her ideal body weight.

Clinical indications to consider prior to recommending bariatric surgery:

  • 100 lbs. or more above ideal body weight
  • BMI 40 or greater
  • BMI 35 or greater with significant co-morbidities



Appropriate candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • 100 lbs. or more above ideal body weight
  • BMI 35 or greater with significant co-morbidities
  • Multiple failed medically supervised weight loss attempts for 1-2 years
  • Between the ages of 15 and 60
  • Psychologically stable

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass:

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in the U.S. This involves creating a small stomach pouch that serves as a reservoir and connects directly to the intestine (extensive gastric bypass). This procedure limits the amount of food that a person can consume. In most cases patients report an early sense of fullness combined with a sense of satiety that decreases the desire to eat.



Laproscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band):

Recently approved by the FDA (June 2001), laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band), recalls the principal of doing the least invasive procedure possible to achieve the desired results. In this method a band is placed at the top of the stomach, creating a small pouch. The opening to the rest of the digestive tract is adjustable through a subcutaneous port. Most patients experience the same amount of weight loss however, at a slower rate. Indications for Lap Band surgery are the same as the Roux-en-Y.

Obesity-related diseases often improved or alleviated after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and Adjustable Gastric Banding surgery:

  • Diabetes Hypertension
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • GERD
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence
  • Muscular/Skeletal
  • Infertility