When we talk about a person’s weight, we are often talking about numbers: pounds, food calories, clothes sizing. But the numbers we don’t talk about are numbers like 9 to 5 (your full-time job), 6 o’clock (a deadline for a big project) or 7:30 (helping your kids with homework). It can be a challenge to reach your weight loss goals. Although we want to help you lose the extra pounds, we believe it’s even more important for you to achieve a better quality of life.

Talk to your doctor about surgical weight loss and see if it is right for you.

Our Bariatric Surgery Team


Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Colorectal, General and Bariatric Surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Abraham Betancourt, MD
Robotic Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Parra and Dr. Betancourt are now offering information sessions. The sessions are held Mondays at 8am and provide general information about Bariatric surgery. Drs. Parra and Betancourt will be available after the sessions for Questions/Answers. You must RSVP prior to the event at 561-227-9238 to RSVP.

Lose the bad stuff that comes with the weight, too

Depression, high blood pressure and risk of diabetes are some of the most common health issues associated with obesity. Infertility, sleep apnea and osteoarthritis could also complicate your health as well. Surgical weight loss may reduce your weight, but it can also potentially treat these symptoms or future health risks.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

Spanish Speaking: Jesmary's Testimonial

Bariatric Patient, Jesmary Silva recounts the positive results obtained from her bariatric procedure by Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD, Bariatric Surgeon. Learn more about the Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Program. Contact our Bariatric Nurse Navigator, Ian Finn, MSN, RN, CMSRN at (561) 671-7127 or email Ian.Finn@TenetHealth.com for more information on the procedure.

Bariatric Surgery Services


  • BMI of 40 or greater consistent for the past five years. 
  • BMI of 35 or greater with any of the medically treated co-morbidities listed (insurance requirements may vary):
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Sleep apnea
  • Failure of other measures to lose weight, such as:
    • Medications
    • Weight loss programs
    • Dietary changes
  • Acceptable surgical risk
  • Ability to understand lifestyle changes and motivation to comply with program guidelines
  • Absence of medical/psychological contraindications

Bariatric Nurse Navigator

Ian Finn, RN

Learn more about the Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Surgical Weight Loss Program.

Contact our Bariatric Nurse Navigator, Ian Finn, MSN, RN, CMSRN at (561) 671-7127 or email Ian.Finn@TenetHealth.com.

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My cardiologist warned me that if I didn’t lose weight, my life would be in jeopardy

- Chris Vallo, surgical weight loss patient

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