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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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Weight loss center in Tallahassee, Florida

Many different solutions can help you lose weight, but weight loss surgery in combination with a healthy diet and exercise has proven results to help you keep weight off long term.

This is why we offer a variety of bariatric surgery options at HCA Florida Capital Hospital. The staff in our Weight loss Center works together to provide you with personalized care throughout your weight loss journey. From preoperative preparation to postoperative support, we are here for you.

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.

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Bariatric surgery options

As a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Comprehensive Center, we provide a full range of weight loss surgery options, including the following:

Gastric band (adjustable gastric banding)

This surgery involves placing an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach. The band is then inflated, slowing the passage of food from the upper pouch into the lower pouch.

The gastric band will restrict the amount of food you can consume, and a smaller stomach pouch promotes a feeling of fullness with less food. This procedure is also reversible, and the band is fully adjustable.

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

During this surgery, the stomach is divided into upper and lower pouches to which the small intestines connect. The newly created stomach pouch is considerably smaller, making you feel full with less food. It also changes your hunger hormones, reducing your appetite.

Gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy)

This procedure also limits the amount of food you can eat, as approximately 80 percent of the stomach is removed. Your new banana-shaped stomach holds less food and alters the hormones that impact your feelings of hunger, satiety and blood sugar control.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

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

  • 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

Patient Guide and Checklist


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 weight loss 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.


Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Start your journey today by taking a free health assessment.

Start your journey today by taking a free health assessment.

Gastric Sleeve with Dr. Anthony Wright

Dr. Anthony Wright discusses the sleeve gastrectomy surgical weight loss procedure, performed at Capital Hospital to help patients lose weight and to improve their quality of life.
Dr. Anthony Wright of Capital Hospital.

Capital Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Center Testimonial - James & Alicia Mills Story

James & Alicia Mills share their journey of weight loss through Bariatric Surgery at Capital Hospital.
James & Alicia Mills walk along a boardwalk.

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