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Get trusted information about surgical weight loss (bariatric surgery) to help you decide whether this type of surgery is for you, and to explain your options from pre-surgery through recovery.

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Understanding Obesity In many ways, obesity is a puzzling disease. How the body regulates weight and body fat is not well understood.
Obesity and Health Problems Obesity puts you at risk for other health conditions, from type 2 diabetes to sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Treating Obesity Weight loss is the goal in obesity treatment. Your treatment depends on your age, health, medical history - and how much weight you need to lose.
Bariatric Surgery Bariatric surgery should be used only in select cases. These are major surgeries that involve bypassing a part of the small bowel.
Lifestyle Changes Cutting back on calories and fat and starting an exercise program are two proven methods to successful weight loss.
Children and Obesity More than 9 million children between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight. And a teen who is overweight or obese is likely to remain so as an adult.

Losing weight can be extremely difficult, and for people who have 100 pounds or more to lose, it can be even more challenging. For some, weight-loss surgery may offer a solution where other methods have failed. Bariatric surgery can be life transforming, offering individuals an opportunity to lead a more active and satisfying life.

Bariatric surgery options

Wuesthoff Hospital Melbourne’s bariatric surgery program provides education and support that begins before surgery and extends through recovery to ensure individuals are set up for success. Our bariatric surgery program includes nutrition and fitness education to provide individuals with the tools they need to maintain long-term weight loss. Wuesthoff Hospital Melbourne’s experienced surgeon specialize in bariatric surgery, and offer proven weight-loss techniques such as:

Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding – A less-invasive procedure that places a device around the upper part of the stomach to help you feel full sooner and longer. It’s a healthy way to lose a significant amount of weight and enjoy long-term results. Surgeons can easily change the diameter of the band to meet weight-loss needs, and the procedure is also reversible. This technique offers less pain and trauma, and a quicker recovery than traditional weight-loss surgery methods.

Gastric bypass – A type of weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch – about the size of an egg. It does this by stapling off a section of it. This reduces the amount of food you can take in at meals.

Sleeve Gastrectomy – Through small incisions, each between one and two inches long, the surgeon removes approximately 70% of the stomach. This new stomach has a total capacity of just three to five ounces, which means patients feel full or satisfied after eating only two to four ounces of food.

Find out if bariatric surgery is right for you by attending an informational seminar. View our upcoming seminar dates.

Talk to your doctor to find out whether bariatric surgery is a good option for you.

Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery.

 

Weight-Loss Expertise

If your weight is keeping you from leading the healthy, active life you’ve envisioned, we can help. Wuesthoff Health System’s comprehensive bariatric surgery* program addresses the physical and emotional aspects of weight loss, offering education and support from pre-surgery through recovery. Our multidisciplinary team of weight-loss professionals provide you with the tools you need to achieve long-term weight loss.

*Weight loss surgery:  Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery.

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Wuesthoff Medical Center - Melbourne
250 N Wickham Rd Melbourne, FL 32935
(321) 752-1200