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Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is generally performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric procedures, but all focus on making modifications to the digestive system with the goal of significant weight loss.


Surgical weight loss center in Tampa, Florida

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge. HCA Florida Bayonet Point Hospital can help.

We offer you weight loss (bariatric) surgery as a tool to treat obesity and obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes and sleep apnea. Our program includes customized meal plans and nutritional guidance, as well as medication, when needed. And our specially-trained dietitians, psychologists, cardiologists and sleep specialists work together to help you achieve a healthy weight for the rest of your life.

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Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Start your journey today by registering for a free seminar led by a bariatric specialist.

Start your journey today by registering for a free seminar led by a bariatric specialist.

Bariatric services and treatment options

Our state-of-the-art, minimally invasive weight loss procedures allow for faster recovery times and excellent outcomes. In fact, on average, our patients lose 75 percent of their excess weight with procedures such as:

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

During a gastric bypass, a smaller stomach pouch is created and connected to a lower portion of the digestive tract, bypassing the rest of the stomach and most of the small intestine. This restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body can absorb, resulting in weight loss.

Gastric sleeve (vertical sleeve gastrectomy)

During a gastric sleeve, the stomach is reduced to 85 percent of its original capacity. With the stomach only able to hold a small amount of food, you feel fuller faster and longer, resulting in a calorie reduction which causes weight loss.

Bariatric revision surgery

Many people experience long-term weight loss success with their first bariatric surgery. However, some patients may find that they are not losing weight or not losing as much weight as they would like. We are proud to offer a noninvasive bariatric revision procedure (performed endoscopically) to help with this type of problem.

Bariatric surgery support services

While surgery is a necessary step for certain patients, it is still just the beginning for those looking to keep weight off. After bariatric surgery, you will still be responsible for making significant dietary and lifestyle changes to continue your weight loss journey and to ensure that your weight stays where you want it. This can be difficult, but as you strive for a healthier life, we will support you with services such as:

Mental health and wellness support services

You will have access to our behavioral health services, including psychologists specially trained in weight loss psychology. They will help you learn the tools you need to get and stay healthy.

Nutritional support services

Our registered dietitians will work with you one-on-one to personalize a nutrition plan for you. The goal is to ensure the meal plan is easy for you to both follow and maintain.

Support from cardiologists and sleep specialists

Both sleep apnea and heart disease can be complications of obesity. This is why our cardiology program and sleep services are available to help treat these and other related conditions.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgery isn't the right approach to weight loss for everyone, but you may qualify if:

  • You weigh 100 pounds or more than the healthy body weight for your height
  • You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • You have a BMI of 35 or greater and obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • You are otherwise unable to sustain a healthy body weight, even through medically supervised dieting

Bariatric surgery requirements

The exact tests, forms and steps required before weight loss surgery can vary from person to person. However, we are here to help you navigate the process and have outlined the typical steps here:

Verify insurance coverage

Unless you plan to self-pay for bariatric surgery, contact your insurance provider to see if they will cover your procedure and, if so, what requirements they have.

Document medically monitored weight loss attempts

Most insurance companies require several months of medically documented and supervised weight loss attempts. Your primary care provider can help you with this process and documentation.

Schedule a bariatric surgery consultation with us

After you have gathered required documentation, please make an appointment with our weight loss team, and we'll talk about the next steps together.

Complete a psychological evaluation

A psychological evaluation is required before weight loss surgery. It includes a detailed clinical interview and psychological tests that help us understand your mental health.

Complete a nutritional assessment

A nutritional assessment is also part of the preoperative plan of care. It will cover your postsurgical diet, emotional eating, food intake and identifying your triggers.

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