Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery

You may be an appropriate candidate if you meet the following criteria:


  • You have a BMI of greater than 40 or greater than 35 with two related conditions (co-morbidities) such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or reflux disease. You may still qualify for surgery without meeting these criteria. Please consult with our bariatric coordinator.
  • You have made attempts to lose weight by conservative methods such as Weight Watchers.
  • You are prepared to make significant changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
  • You don’t drink alcohol excessively.
JSAPA Bariatric Center Jacksonville FL

The LAP-BAND® system is not right for you if:

  • Getting the procedure, but you will need to get approval from our surgeon before we can proceed with the process.
  • You have severe heart or lung disease that makes you a poor candidate for surgery.
  • You have a problem that could cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach.
  • Your esophagus, stomach, or intestine is not normal.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You are addicted to alcohol or drugs.
  • You have an infection that could contaminate the surgical area.
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Our Bariatric Approach

Surgery (balloons, bands, sleeves, bypasses) is simply the most powerful form of total caloric reduction resulting in the most consistent powerful form of weight loss. So, patients typically lose a massive amount of weight because these devices or surgeries induces a state where you do not feel hungry, eat small amounts of food and lose a lot of weight because of calorie reduction. However, the effective durability of weight loss because of the surgery is only not permanent unless you understand and address why you gained the weight in the first place. This is more complex than it may seem. This is where the JSAPA model differs from most bariatric practices. We desire much more for our patients. Surgery is not the easy way out, it may be lifesaving necessary as a last resort, but ultimately it is addressing CAUSE that matters.

JSAPA uses a substance abuse cognitive behavioral carbohydrate addiction methodology to treat our patients into remission from diabetes, obesity and many of the other co-morbidities.

Our Patient's STORIES

JSAPA Success Story - Steve after surgery JSAPA Success Story - Steve before surgery “I go to the gym 3 days a week, walk and occasional run. I feel better now than I can ever remember.” Steve Make an appointment Actual Patient SUCCESS STORIES JSAPA Success Story - Veronica after surgery JSAPA Success Story - Veronica before surgery “Working with Dr. Cywest has been one of the best choices I’ve made in my life. I feel without it, I wouldn’t have a life.” Veronica Make an appointment Actual Patient SUCCESS STORIES JSAPA Success Story - Tracey after surgery JSAPA Success Story - Tracy before surgery “Dr. Cywes and the office staff is full of wonderful people who are always there for you when you need them.” Tracey Make an appointment Actual Patient SUCCESS STORIES JSAPA Success Story - Rhonda after surgery JSAPA Success Story - Rhonda before surgery “I couldn’t believe how fast I lost the weight! Dr. Cywes has completely changed my life!” Rhonda Make an appointment Actual Patient SUCCESS STORIES

From Dr. Robert Cywes's Blog

Weight Loss Testimonials and Tips

Jackie: LAP-BAND Success

  • By jsapa
  • on Apr 19, 2009
I've lost 115 lbs.- This was the best decision of my life - I'm no longer a med-dependent diabetic. I can say I'm healthy and very happy - I am able to do things I've never been able to do!
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Sue: LAP-BAND Success

  • By jsapa
  • on May 19, 2009
For as long as I can remember, I have been on a diet. Cabbage soup, cookies, starvation - nothing ever seemed enough or made me want to stay on it long term. Just over a year ago, I discovered the.
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Gastric Band Surgery for Obese Children

  • By jsapa
  • on Jun 04, 2009
Obesity tends to run in families. Oftentimes, children of overweight or obese parents will find themselves suffering from the same weight problems as their parents did before them.
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