Surgical Weight Loss 

Transform Your Life

Restore your health and regain confidence with a proven long-term weight-loss solution. The weight loss surgery team at Delray Medical Center is ready to guide you on your journey to a healthier and more active life.

If you’re 100 pounds or more overweight you may be a candidate for medical weight-loss surgery at Delray Medical Center. The reasons are more than cosmetic. People who are more than 30 percent over their ideal weight often experience serious medical problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, and may be at increased risk for certain cancers.

Weight-loss surgery can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and give you the opportunity to live a longer, healthier and more active life.

Located on the campus of Delray Medical Center, the Surgical Weight Loss Program specializes in multi-disciplinary care, and our experienced team offers some of the most effective procedures available for surgical weight loss in South Florida including: adjustable gastric banding, roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. We also offer management of existing bariatric patients to include lap band adjustments and revisional surgery.  

Learn more about the Delray Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Program by attending one of our informational seminars. To make a reservation or for more information, please call 877-495-THIN.

Additional Resources

Visit these websites to learn more about bariatric surgery:

American Society for Bariatric Surgery

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

US. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health

Criteria for Surgical Weight Loss

  • BMI of 40 or greater consistent for the past five years.
    (To calculate your BMI, click HERE)
  • BMI of 35 or greater with any of the medically treated co-morbidities listed (insurance requirements may vary):
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Sleep Apnea
  • Failure of other measures to lose weight, such as:
    • Medications
    • Weight Loss Programs
    • Dietary Changes
  • Acceptable surgical risk
  • Ability to understand lifestyle changes and motivation to comply with program guidelines
  • Absence of medical/psychological contraindications


Q. Will I be sick a lot after the operation?

A. The LAP-BAND® System limits food intake. If you feel nauseated or sick on a regular basis, it may mean that you are not chewing your food well enough or that you are not following the diet rules properly. However, it could also mean that there is a problem with the placement of the band, so contact your doctor if the problem persists. Vomiting should be avoided as much as possible as it can cause the small stomach to stretch. It can also lead to slippage of part of the stomach through the band and reduce the success of the operation. In some cases, it can require another operation.

Q. How long will it take to recover after surgery?

A. If LAP-BAND® surgery is performed laparoscopically, patients typically spend less than 24 hours in the hospital. Patients are advised to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 2 weeks following surgery.

Q. How much weight will I lose?

A. Weight loss results vary from patient to patient, and the amount of weight you lose depends on several things. The band needs to be in the right position, and you need to be committed to your new lifestyle and eating habits. Obesity surgery is not a miracle cure, and the pounds won't come off by themselves. It is very important to set achievable weight loss goals from the beginning. A weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week in the first year after the operation is possible, but one pound a week is more likely. 12-18 months after the operation weekly weight loss is usually less. Remember that you should lose weight gradually. Losing weight too quickly creates a health risk and can lead to a number of problems. The main goal is to have weight loss that prevents, improves, or resolves health problems connected with severe obesity.

Q. How do the weight-loss results with the LAP-BAND® compare to those with the gastric bypass?

A. Most people who have gastric bypass surgery quickly begin to lose weight and continue to lose weight for up to 12 months. In clinical studies, most LAP-BAND® patients steadily lost weight over a three year period.

Q. Does the LAP-BAND® require frequent visits to my doctor after surgery?

A. Many surgeons see their patients several times in the first year after surgery. Adjustments are performed during some of these visits. It is typical for follow-up visits to be scheduled every three to six months during the second and third year, depending on the individual case.

Q. Do I have to be careful with the access port just underneath my skin?

A. The access port is placed under the skin in the abdominal wall, and once the incisions have healed it should not cause discomfort or limit any physical exercise. The only sensation you may experience from the port occurs when you go in for adjustments. If you feel persistent discomfort in the port area, talk to your doctor.

Q. Will I feel hungry or deprived with the LAP-BAND®?

A. The LAP-BAND® helps you eat less and feel full in two ways- first by reducing the capacity of your stomach and second by increasing the time it takes food to get through the digestive system. After a small meal, the amount of which varies from person to person, you should feel full. If you follow the nutrition guidelines when you choose your food and then chew it well, you should not feel hungry or deprived. Remember that the LAP-BAND® is a tool to help you change your eating habits.

Q. What about pregnancy?

A. Becoming pregnant can be easier as you lose weight. Your menstrual cycle may become more regular. If you need to eat more while you are pregnant, the band can be loosened. After pregnancy, the band may be made tighter again and you can resume losing weight.

Q. Can I eat anything in moderation?

A. After your stomach has healed, you may eat foods that don't cause you discomfort. However, because you can only eat a little it is important to include foods full of important vitamins and nutrients such as those recommended in the nutrition section of this booklet and as advised by your surgeon and /or dietitian. If you eat foods that contain lots of sugar and fat or drink liquids full of "empty" calories, such as milkshakes, the effect of the LAP-BAND® may be greatly reduced or even cancelled.

Q. What about other medication?

A. You should be able to take a prescribed medication, and your medications will be reviewed prior to discharge. Your surgeon may tell you to avoid taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers because they may irritate the stomach. The problems these drugs may cause could result in band removal.

Q. What if I go out to eat?

A. Order only a small amount of food, such as an appetizer. Eat slowly. Finish at the same time as your table companions. You might want to let your host or hostess know in advance that you cannot eat very much.