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Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is 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.

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Bariatric (weight loss) surgery in Bradenton, Florida

Obesity can result in a wide range of physical effects on the body while also contributing to comorbidities, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and joint pain.

At HCA Florida Blake Hospital, we offer medical weight loss solutions to help you overcome these issues and feel good about your health. The metabolic specialists at our hospital provide a surgical weight loss program to help you reach your optimal weight and pursue a healthy lifestyle.

HCA Florida Healthcare weight loss surgery

Watch this informational video to learn more about what weight loss surgery is and how it can improve your overall health. You will learn about the causes and effects of obesity, types of surgeries and their benefits, as well as what you can expect before, during and after a procedure.

Weight Loss Surgery: What it is and how it can improve your overall health.

Get started with your weight loss journey

Make an appointment or learn more about our weight loss surgeons.

Make an appointment or learn more about our weight loss surgeons.

Our medical weight loss treatment options

Our bariatric program offers a variety of treatment options and supplementary services, including the following:

  • Minimally invasive, robot-assisted vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures that remove a portion of the stomach, creating a smaller, tube-like stomach area that restricts food intake
  • A bariatric dietitian to help assess, monitor and counsel you before and after surgery to improve adherence to recommendations and maximize weight loss
  • A certified bariatric nurse (CBN) for program coordination, patient education, encouragement and support
  • Caring, sensitive and compassionate staff with specialized bariatric training
  • Pre- and postoperative education classes and support groups
  • Size-friendly furnishings and equipment for the comfort and safety of you and your guests

Understanding more about weight loss surgery

Learn more about eligibility and requirements for bariatric surgery to help you determine the right next step for you.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

  • You are 100 pounds or more over 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.

Patient Guide and Checklist


If you would like to learn more about weight loss surgery at HCA Florida Healthcare, please call us at (855) 227-4387.

Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Start your journey today by taking a free assessment.

Start your journey today by taking a free assessment.

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