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placing tiny instruments, including a laparoscope or camera, through multiple tiny incisions in a patient’s abdomen, which greatly reduces post-operative complication rates, recovery times, pain, bleeding, and scarring. With the power to make minimally-invasive techniques even more minimal, the da Vinci® robotics-assisted surgical system provides the next phase of surgical safety, recovery, and results – putting the highest caliber of capabilities at a surgeon’s finger-tips. Featuring the most advanced Bariatric technology to date, the da Vinci® robot provides the surgeon with enhanced capabil-ities during the procedure, including the best possible surgical view, precision, dexterity, access, and control. Further minimiz-ing the already-reduced complication rates and recovery times associated with laparoscopic surgery, Health First’s Viera Hospi-tal facility is currently Brevard’s only surgical weight-loss facility to use the da Vinci® robot. In addition to superior outcomes and fewer complications, patient advantages include less pain and scarring, less risk of infection, less blood loss, and quicker return to normal activities. Who is a candidate? What can they expect? “While every patient and case is different, you may be a likely candidate for Bariatric surgery if your BMI is 40 or above, or your BMI is at least 30 and you also suffer from type 2 diabe-tes, heart disease, sleep apnea, or another weight-related health condition,” said Dr. Allison. “While the procedure you choose is ultimately up to you, as your NewFit surgeon I will closely work with you to determine your best surgical weight-loss option,” said Dr. Allison. “Gen-erally speaking, the more weight you need to lose, the more aggressive we recommend your procedure.” Patients can expect to lose anywhere between 40-80% of their excess body weight over a 24-month time span following the surgery. In addition to significant enhancements in their quality of life and physical capabilities/mobility, patients also experience drastic improvement or resolution of existing medi-cal conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. A normal recovery period can last anywhere from one to six weeks, after which nearly all patients experience improvements in their ability to do physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and exercise. Maintaining weight loss In order to maintain weight loss, patients need to follow a life-long diet and exercise plan, attend follow-up visits, and remain committed to their medical management program. Our psy-chologists and other staff will be there to help patients resolve potential setbacks and maintain the tools needed to continue their weight-loss success. “Our complete range of care capabilities allows us to handle everything that needs to happen throughout the entire Bariatric journey. This all works to ensure the patient’s optimal weight-loss success and improved long-term health,” says Dr. Allison. Insurance coverage All major insurances are accepted. Knowing how an insurance company will pay a claim and if it is a participating provider will help avoid unexpected costs later. It is each patient’s respon-sibility to know their insurance contract and which providers participate with their insurance plan. Visit www.NewFitNewLife.com to learn more about Bariatric surgery, register for a free education seminar or download our NewFit Getting Started Kit. n The center of it all n   15   n

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