LifeShape Advanced Bariatric Center of Florida – Surgical Program
LifeShape is a multidisciplinary surgical weight loss program. We specialize in outpatient laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. We offer both the Allergan AP LAP-BAND® system and the Ethicon Realize band. We also offer the Pleated Band (also known as the i-Band, i-Lapband, or the Plicated Band) and Laparoscopic Gastric Plication.
Our mission is to improve the health of our patients by performing outpatient laparoscopic banding surgery with the highest degree of safety possible, and to maximize weight loss results with a comprehensive long term multidisciplinary weight loss program. We are committed to gastric banding as the safest weight loss surgery available and have specifically tailored our program to cater to the specific needs of gastric banding patients. We are led by our medical director Dr. Mark Fusco who is an LAP-BAND proctor and a member of Allergan’s clinical advisory board. He has participated in the development of the Allergan Total Care Certification program.
Components of Our Program
Our first goal is to provide patients with the information they need to see if the LAP-BAND® is right for them. To achieve this goal we provide patients with an information packet about the LAP-BAND®. We ask that patients attend one of our patient information seminars. The seminar includes the opportunity to meet some of our former patients.
If patients decide they wish to be considered for LAP-BAND® surgery, contact our office at 321-728-7544 for a consultation appointment with Dr. Fusco. We will assist you in completing the required preoperative steps to prepare you for Lap-Band surgery. We also will assist and guide you through the process of insurance approval. At your initial visit with Dr. Fusco you will meet with our Patient advocate who will assist you with the following evaluations that are required before surgery.
- Medical Evaluation by the patient’s primary physician. (please do not schedule this visit until you have received our preoperative packet that includes a form for your doctor to fill out)
- Preoperative physical fitness assessment with one of LifeShape’s Certified Personal Trainers
- Preoperative psychological evaluation
- Preoperative nutrition consult
- Online computer registration at the Melbourne Surgery Center Site
- Preoperative Anesthesia evaluation. by a member of the Brevard Anesthesia Group.
- Preoperative appointment with LifeShape’s nurse aftercare coordinator
- Completion of the EMMI® on-line educational program
- Preoperative evaluation with Dr. Fusco
Please note that even though patients are given target surgery dates prior to completion of all the listed appointments, the final clearance to have surgery is NOT complete until ALL visits are completed.
Surgery related videos for procedures we offer
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
This video describes the process of having a “Band Esophagram”. This is the xray test we use to check to confirm the proper position of the Band. This xray test is only needed when Dr. Fusco has a suspicion there may be a problem with the band.
Please Note: The Gastric Plication is considered an experimental surgery and is only available if the patient consents to be enrolled in our registry study. Study participants must consent to have their progress monitored by the Melbourne Same Day Surgery Data Management and Safety Board.
Please Note: The Pleated Band (aka pleated band, i-band, i-LapBand) is considered an experimental surgery and is only available if the patient consents to be enrolled in our registry study. Study participants must consent to have their progress monitored by the Melbourne Same Day Surgery Data Management and Safety Board.
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