Bariatric surgery candidates in Largo, Florida

The Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center are here to help you on a path to a healthier life.

Our weight loss programs provide support and education so you can be equipped to make an informed decision about your obesity and your health. Once you decide bariatric surgery, also called weight loss surgery, is the right choice for you, we provide customized plans to help you increase your chances for success.

To see if you qualify as a candidate for bariatric surgery, please call Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center at (866) 931-THIN (8446).

Understanding obesity

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

When you are obese, it means you have a BMI of 30 or higher, which means you are likely 20 percent or more over your ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is classified as having a BMI of 40 or higher, which means you are likely 100 pounds or more overweight.

You can calculate your BMI using the BMI calculator below.

Benefits of weight loss surgery

Obesity can shorten your life span and increase risks of developing health conditions. Weight loss surgery provides offers you the opportunity to live a healthier life.

Our highly trained bariatric surgeons provide surgical and nonsurgical weight loss solutions, including gastric sleeve, endoscopic gastric balloon and adjustable gastric banding. And with our minimally invasive robotic surgical weight loss procedures, you can experience less pain and faster healing.

Some of the benefits include:

  • significant and lasting weight loss
  • Feeling satisfied with small amounts of food
  • Freedom to live the life you want to lead
  • Elimination or significant reduction of obesity-related medical conditions, including:
    • Diabetes
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels
    • Infertility
    • Unhealthy lipid levels
    • Resolve reflux
    • Sleep apnea
    • Unhealthy blood pressure levels

Bariatric surgery requirements

Weight loss surgery may be an option if you meet one or more of the following:

  • Are 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight
  • Have a BMI of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea

Weight loss surgery support groups

Support group meetings are helpful to getting the emotional support and encouragement necessary for sustained weight loss. Each of the physicians who perform weight loss surgery at Largo Medical suggest support groups for preoperative and postoperative support.

These free support group meetings offer opportunities to learn more about life after weight loss surgery, to share experiences and to gain support from our program’s professionals.

Upcoming weight loss events & meetings