National Recognition of Obesity as a Chronic Disease

Almost half of American adults suffer from obesity, attributing to approximately 300,000 preventable deaths per year. The American Medical Association recognizes that obesity is no longer a lifestyle choice or simply a lack of willpower. Many medical societies now recognize obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.

Understanding Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is associated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, infertility, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and psychological distress.

Bariatric surgery is a surgical weight loss solution for clinically obese individuals – especially for those with a weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes. Broward Health’s bariatric surgeons make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both.

Types of Bariatric Surgeries We Perform

Intra-gastric balloon placement

Dizziness & balance therapy

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery

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Requirements for Bariatric Surgery

Appropriate bariatric surgery candidates must meet a range of requirements, including:

  • More than 100 pounds overweight
  • Between the ages of 15 and 60
  • Living with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or greater, with significant comorbidities
  • Part of multiple failed, medically supervised weight loss attempts for 1-2 years
  • Psychologically stable

Learn more about bariatric surgery benefits.

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Why Choose Broward Health?

Bariatric surgery experts at Broward Health offer long-term weight loss options as the most effective solutions available for morbid obesity. With weight reduction and reduced body mass index (BMI), many obesity-related diseases are significantly improved, including:

  • Diabetes

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Heart Disease

  • Hypertension

  • Infertility

  • Musculoskeletal Issues 

  • Sleep Apnea

  • Stress Urinary Incontinence

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