Surgical Weight Loss
Health First Palm Bay Hospital now offering Surgical Weight Loss Program
Health First Physicians perform the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System at Health First Palm Bay Hospital.
Free Informational Lectures
Health First offers free informational lectures on this surgical weight
loss program. These lectures are designed to provide men and women more details about the surgery, including the LAP-BAND® system, patient criteria, and recovery and aftercare.
For dates, times, and more information please call 321-434-4335.
What is the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System?
The LAP-BAND® surgery is a minimally invasive, adjustable, and reversible surgical treatment for obesity. It is a tool to help patients improve their health and enhance their quality of life.
The LAP-BAND® System is an adjustable silicone ring that is inserted laparoscopically, and placed – like a belt – around the upper part of the stomach. An access port allows the surgeon to adjust the inner surface by adding or removing saline.
The LAP-BAND® System creates a new, smaller upper stomach pouch and leaves the larger part of the stomach below. This new upper pouch can only hold a small amount of food, so patients will feel full sooner and are not hungry between meals.
Who qualifies for the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System?
The LAP-BAND® System is indicated for use in weight reduction for severely obese patients with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of at least 40 or at least 35 with an obesity-related health condition. Enter your height and weight in the BMI Calculator below to see if you might be a candidate.
Advantages of LAP-BAND® over gastric bypass surgery
- No stomach cutting or stapling or intestinal rerouting
- 10 times lower short-term mortality rate than gastric bypass
- Fewer complications
- Approximately 24-hour hospital stay
- Adjustable and reversible
Steady, healthy weight loss
The LAP-BAND® System may help improve or resolve obesity related risk factors and diseases.
In studies 90% of participants saw improvement or resolution of four common and serious obesity related diseases. Those diseases included:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Sleep Apnea
- Gastroesophageal Reflux
And many other including a 95% quality of life improvement.
I heard the LAP-BAND® System is not for sweet-eaters, is that true?
No, there is no data to suggest that the LAP-BAND® System does not work for sweet-eaters. Studies confirm that sweet-eating behavior is not a contraindication for the LAP-BAND® System.
Is the LAP-BAND® System for the super obese?
Super obese (BMI > 50) patients experience significant weight loss and disease related resolution with the LAP-BAND® System. Weight loss with the LAP-BAND® System is comparable to other bariatric procedures after the first year of follow-up.
How do I pay for the LAP-BAND® System? Does insurance cover it?
There are three basic ways to cover the cost of LAP-BAND® surgery.
- Health Insurance – many health plans including Medicare cover the LAP-BAND® System surgery. This means that most, if not all costs may be paid. (Be sure to check if your insurance has requirements for using network providers.)
- Loans – There are specific companies that offer financing options for medical procedures. Most are easily accessible and offer a full range of payment plans.
Out-of-pocket payment – some people find it worth while to pay for the LAP-BAND® System in a lump-sum payment.