Jupiter Medical Center's Institute for
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery


Being overweight can put an unhealthy strain on your body and cause serious health problems. Jupiter Medical Center's Institute for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery offers new hope to those who struggle with healthy weight management with a comprehensive, personalized program of services and surgical procedures.

This includes bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach, helping to decrease the amount of food a person can eat, while helping them feel full longer. Results can be dramatic, with people losing an average of 60-70 percent excess body weight in twelve to eighteen months after surgery complying with the program.

The goal of bariatric surgery is to achieve and sustain a reasonable normal weight with a reduction in health risks associated with obesity. An adult with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Which Surgery is Right for You?

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is considered the “Gold Standard” of bariatric surgical procedures with the best demonstrated rate of long-term success in weight management. This operation restricts the amount of solid food that can be ingested at one time and limits the rate at which calories are absorbed in the small intestine. The laparoscopic technique is minimally-invasive and can be performed through five or six small incisions in the abdomen.

Gastric bypass surgery has been shown to produce greater and more sustained weight loss than other operations.

It does this in four ways:

  • The amount of solid food that you can eat is restricted by the size of the pouch.
  • The small opening into the small intestine slows the flow of food.
  • Up to 150 centimeters of small intestine is bypassed and therefore rendered “non-absorptive.”
  • Food containing solid sugar such as cake, candy, ice creams and some colas will produce a temporary, unpleasant reaction called Dumping Syndrome. This is caused by a concentration of sugars in the small intestine, producing nausea, tremors, chills, sweating, palpitations and diarrhea. Dumping Syndrome will discourage poor food choices in the future.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

This minimally-invasive procedure generates weight loss by permanently removing much of the stomach without bypassing the intestines or causing any gastrointestinal malabsorption.

During this procedure, a small, sleeve-shaped stomach is created, about the size of a banana. Sleeve Gastrectomy is sometimes performed on patients whose risk of performing a gastric bypass procedure may be too great.

The Sleeve Gastrectomy, like most successful bariatric surgery procedures, will reduce or resolve many co-morbidities including hypertension, type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, depression and others.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Surgery

Adjustable Gastric Banding involves the Laparoscopic placement of an adjustable band around the upper stomach, creating two connected chambers of the stomach. An injection port is attached to the abdominal wall underneath the skin and connected to the band with soft, thin tubing. It restricts the amount of food allowed into the stomach, providing early fullness with small, solid meals. The band can be adjusted by the surgeon to meet an individual’s needs.

The Adjustable Gastric Banding procedure is reversible and produces a slower overall weight loss than the Sleeve Gastrectomy or Gastric Bypass. Complications may result in additional operations.

Meet the Medical Expert 

Jefferson R. Vaughan, MD, is the Medical Director of the program. With an extensive background in weight loss surgery, Dr. Vaughan has performed thousands of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypasses and trained more than 36 teams from around the world in his techniques. Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Vaughan.

To learn more, click HERE or call the Institute for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery at (561) 263-5695.