Obesity is a chronic disease, and the second highest cause of death in the United States. In fact, results reveal that 57.4 percent of U.S. adults suffer from obesity, attributing to approximately 300,000 preventable deaths per year. The American Medical Association recognizes that obesity is no longer a lifestyle choice or simply the result of a lack of will power. They, along with many other medical societies, now recognize obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.
Obesity is associated to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, infertility, high blood pressure, and osteoarthritis as well as psychological distress. The four gastric surgeries performed at Broward Health are:
- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- Intra-gastric balloon placement
To learn more about bariatric surgery options and benefits please CLICK HERE to download our Bariatric Fact Sheet.
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Broward Health is one of the few public healthcare systems in the nation to implement a Barcoded Medication Administration System (BCMA). This advanced BCMA records, tracks and ensures the correct medications are delivered in the prescribed dosage and time, to the right patient. With the use of a simple barcoded wristband, patients can see the system at work and are reassured by the added safety measure. BCMA enables caregivers to work more efficiently and demonstrates Broward Health's commitment to patient safety.
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