Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?

Is Weight Loss Surgery For Me?

This life-changing option is not for everyone. Know all the facts before making your decision.

Morbid Obesity
Morbid obesity is a serious health condition that can interfere with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Those who are morbidly obese are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer.

Morbid obesity is diagnosed by determining Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is defined by the ratio of an individual’s height to his or her weight. Normal BMI ranges from 20-25. See BMI calculator below. An individual is considered morbidly obese if he or she is 100 pounds over his/her ideal body weight, has a BMI of 40 or more, or 30 or more and experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Am I a Candidate?

Weight loss surgery may be right for you if:
•  Your BMI is 40 or higher. (Use our BMI Calculator)
•  Your BMI is 35 or higher and you also suffer from one or more health problems such as Type II Diabetes or Hypertension.
•  Your BMI is between 30 and 35 and you also have significant weight induced comorbidities.
•  You have been overweight for more than 5 years.
•  Your serious attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success.
•  You do not have any other disease that may have caused your obesity.
•  You are prepared to make substantial changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
•  You do not drink alcohol in excess.

We recommend that you set-up an appointment with one of our doctors for a free consultation as soon as you have attended one of our monthly seminars.

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

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This life-changing option is not for everyone. Know all the facts before making your decision.

BMI Calculator

Your body mass index (BMI) is a way of determining your candidacy for weight loss surgery.


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With obesity at epidemic levels – including 57 percent of Floridians who are overweight or obese – it is also the leading cause of preventable death after lung cancer in the U.S. Obesity is associated with such serious conditions as type II diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, infertility and elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

Sebastian River’s board-certified surgeons offer Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve™ and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass weight loss surgeries. Both Dr. Domkowski and Dr. Radecke specialize in revisional bariatric surgery. If you have had a gastric bypass or a band you may be eligible to have it revised. If you have experienced weight gain make an appointment with us today to see if we can help you.

Contact us today for more information.

Becoming a Patient

Step 1: Seminars

Attend Our Free Weight Loss Seminar

It is necessary to attend one of our free informational seminars before your first appointment with any of the Sebastian River Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss team.

In-Person Seminar: Call (888) 671-7762 or register online.
Online Seminar: View the online seminar here.

Step 2: Insurance

Check to make sure that surgery and the treatment for obesity, and weight-loss, are covered benefits in your plan. It is very important that they are not excluded in your specific policy.

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Step 3: Patient Information

Please help us by downloading and completing the Patient Information form before your first office visit. 

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Step 4: Consultation

After attending a bariatric seminar and deciding that this is something you would like to pursue, please call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Domkowski.

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Step 5: Psychologist/Nutritionist/Bariatric Coordinator

For the health and safety of our patients, we follow the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines for Bariatric Surgery.

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Online Seminar

Featured Testimonial

  • After her surgery, Robyn was surprised at how good she felt, and how little pampering she needed.

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  • After eight months and 150 pounds lost, Justin can sleep through the night and doesn't want to stay in the house all day.

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  • After weight-loss surgery, Ken participates in a basketball league and has traveled comfortably to Atlanta in the middle seat on the plane.

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Support Group--You're Invited

Meet with others who are thinking of having surgery, individuals who have already had surgery, and people who had their surgery elsewhere. Everyone is welcome.

Support Group Schedule
Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Dining room at Sebastian River Medical Center.

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