Weight loss surgery in Largo, Florida

Bariatric surgery is an informed surgical decision, not a cosmetic procedure, that can help you reduce unhealthy weight and body fat.

Not all bariatric options for weight loss include surgery. At Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center, we are proud to offer both nonsurgical and surgical weight loss solutions to help you overcome obesity and start a new and healthier life.

To learn more about bariatric surgery, please call Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center at (866) 931-THIN (8466).

Understanding bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery, also called weight loss surgery, is an option for you if you are obese and other nonsurgical weight loss attempts have been unsuccessful.

Weight loss surgery is considered the most successful approach to rescuing patients from morbid obesity. Surgery can also prevent, and sometimes reverse, the development of diseases associated with obesity. These diseases and conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels
  • Infertility
  • Resolve reflux
  • Sleep apnea
  • Unhealthy blood pressure levels
  • Unhealthy lipid levels

Morbid obesity is defined as being 100 or more pounds overweight or having a BMI of 40 or more.

Body mass index is calculated based on a person's weight and height and is a reliable indicator of a how much body fat a person has.

Candidates for bariatric surgery

Not everyone who is obese will be an eligible candidate for bariatric surgery. The weight loss doctors of Florida Bariatric Centers will help determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery and which procedure may be best for you.

Endoscopic gastric balloon (nonsurgical weight loss)

The endoscopic gastric balloon procedure is a nonsurgical bariatric option for you if you have a BMI between 30 and 40.

During this procedure, a medical balloon is inserted with an endoscope—a thin, flexible scope with a tiny video camera and light on the end. The minimally invasive procedure can take as little as 15 minutes, and you go home the same day. It is performed in an outpatient setting of the hospital or an endoscopy suite.

The balloon temporarily occupies space in the stomach, helping the individual feel full with less food. While the balloon device is inserted, you make lifestyle changes, such as dietary modifications and exercise routines.

After six months, the balloon device is removed.

On average,patients lose about 35 pounds with the balloon in place and with the combination dietary counseling and an exercise program.

Adjustable gastric banding

The adjustable gastric band system involves a purely restrictive surgical procedure in which a band is placed around the upper most part of the stomach. This band divides the stomach into two portions, one small upper and one larger lower portion. Because the amount of food that passes through the band is regulated, making you feel full faster. Food digestion occurs through the normal digestive process.

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, is a surgical weight loss procedure. During this procedure, a large portion of the stomach is removed, reducing it to about 15 percent of its original size. No bypass is involved in this procedure, making it a beneficial alternative if you have a higher BMI.

Gastric bypass

Gastric bypass, also referred to as Roux-en-Y, restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In addition to creating a smaller stomach pouch, the surgery changes the body's normal digestive process. As a result, food bypasses a large part of the stomach and most of the small intestine.

Minimally invasive bariatric surgery techniques

Robotic surgery uses robotic technology to perform surgical procedures. These minimally invasive procedures usually require fewer and much smaller incisions, which means less scarring, faster recovery times and less pain for you. The robotic system gives our surgeons enhanced visualization, greater dexterity, increased precision and better control of surgical instruments.

Largo Medical Center is at the forefront of robotic technology in Pinellas County. We have been the first in the area to have surgeons perform a:

  • robotic adjustable gastric band
  • robotic single incision adjustable gastric band
  • robotic sleeve gastrectomy

Diet and exercise changes after bariatric surgery

Ideally, the your diet would have changed before bariatric weight loss surgery to solidify the habit of eating more protein, eating smaller portions and eating healthier foods. Immediately after weight loss surgery, eating habits will drastically change in ways that will permanently impact a your life. In the nine to 12 weeks after surgery, you will gradually progress to eating solid foods.

After weight loss surgery, you must strictly follow a specified diet to ensure proper healing and to obtain adequate nutrition.

The number one reason for failure of weight loss surgery is abandoning the post-surgery diet and modified exercise program prescribed by the weight loss surgeon or dietitian.

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