Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients achieve their weight loss and health goals through a multidisciplinary approach to morbid obesity. Our surgical weight-loss program is staffed by a team of certified medical professionals. This team includes a specially trained surgical team, nurses, nutritional and psychological counseling and support as well as extensive pre-operative education.

About Morbid Obesity

Morbid Obesity is the number two preventable cause of death in the United States. Along with the physiological impact, there are significant health issues that affect the body’s mechanical and metabolic functions. These co-morbidities affect nearly every organ in the body and produce serious illnesses including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Gall Bladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Respiratory Insufficiency
  • High Cholesterol
  • Arthritic Symptoms of Weight Bearing Joints

Weight-Loss Surgery: Who is a Candidate?

It is imperative that you have reasonable expectations and are full aware of the commitment necessary before considering bariatric surgery. There are several factors that determine candidacy for Gastric Bypass surgery:

  • Candidates typically have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or over
  • Candidates often have a life-threatening condition, a genetic condition or other ailments including sleep apnea, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Candidates must have tried, and failed, many previous weight-loss attempts.
  • Between the ages of 18-60
  • Psychologically stable

Calculating your BMI

The typical benchmark for weight-loss surgery is 35 or over. Your BMI is a number calculated from your weight and height, and provides medical professionals a reliable gauge of the amount of fat on your body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a simple BMI calculator to help you determine your BMI.

BMI Calculator

Bariatric Procedures

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band)

The Lab Band is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and encourages weight loss through restriction. This system uses an adjustable band that restricts the opening to the remainder of the stomach. This procedure is considered less invasive; however, weight loss is somewhat slower.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery is the most frequently performed weight loss surgery in the U.S. This minimally invasive procedure is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity currently available. Weight loss occurs as a result of reducing the size of the stomach and bypassing a portion of the small intestine creating a minimal amount of malabsorption. By creating a small pouch, we limit the amount of food you can eat. In most cases, patients report an early sense of fullness and satiety that decreases the desire to eat.

Bariatric Information Sessions

We hold monthly information sessions to help answer questions about diagnosis, procedures and recovery. Our next information session will be held on Monday, February 23rd at 6:00pm. Please call (305) 692-3362 for more details and registration.

These meetings are held in the Medical Office Building located on the main campus of the hospital. 21110 Biscayne Blvd, Room 101.

Support Groups

Support groups meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30pm.

These meetings are held in the Medical Office Building located on the main campus of the hospital. 21110 Biscayne Blvd, Room 101.