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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 isn't the only outcome of bariatric surgery - surgical weight loss solutions are meant to improve your overall health and quality of life.

That's why the Surgical Weight Loss Center at HCA Florida Mercy Hospital uses bariatric surgery as a tool to treat obesity and morbid obesity. We offer you minimally invasive options and a complete care program to help you lose weight and keep it off.

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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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Conditions weight loss surgery can treat

Bariatric surgery involves reducing the size of the stomach in order to restrict the amount of food a person can consume. This results in requiring far less food to feel full. As such, bariatric surgery can help you live a longer, healthier life, all while reducing and sometimes reversing serious obesity-related medical conditions, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Asthma
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Sleep apnea

Weight loss surgeries we offer

All bariatric procedures at our hospital are laparoscopic. This is a minimally invasive approach using a thin tube that results in smaller incisions and less scarring.

The procedures below still require your commitment to a lifelong change in eating habits, exercise, support group attendance and a follow-up plan.

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

Currently known as the gold standard for bariatric surgery, gastric bypass restricts the stomach size by creating a small pouch, causing food to bypasses a portion of the stomach and small intestine. As a result, your body will not absorb all of the calories of the food you eat.

Advantages of gastric bypass surgery
  • Typically, weight loss will be rapid
  • Most patients will lose up to 60 percent body fat

Gastric sleeve

In this procedure, the stomach size is surgically decreased by up to 60 percent. With a smaller stomach, you will feel full from less food, therefore causing weight loss.

Advantages of gastric sleeve surgery
  • The procedure can be outpatient or involve a 23-hour stay
  • Absorption and digestion are not altered
  • Patients report experiencing rapid weight loss

How to be successful after bariatric surgery

One of the best ways to be successful after bariatric surgery is to know what to expect. We encourage you to learn about the different bariatric procedure options, reflect on your personal needs and speak with your bariatric surgeon to determine what will be most beneficial for you.

Following these rules before your surgery can help lead to positive outcomes:

  • Attend information sessions, classes and support group
  • No fatty junk food (e.g., chips, crackers, popcorn)
  • No fried foods
  • No high-calorie liquids (e.g., milkshakes, soda, alcohol)
  • No sweets
  • Stop smoking
  • Walk a minimum of one hour per day

Candidates for weight loss surgery

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

  • 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.

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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.


Understanding bariatric surgery

Coupled with healthy eating and exercise, bariatric surgery can lead to significant weight loss. However, it is important that you meet with a weight loss specialist and evaluate all of your surgical and nonsurgical options.

Your bariatric surgeon can clarify that:

  • Bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure
  • Bariatric surgery does not involve liposuction (the removal of fat tissue by suction or excision)
  • Excluding gastric banding, weight loss surgeries approved in the U.S. are irreversible
  • The success of weight loss surgery depends on your commitment to long-term dietary and fitness changes
  • After your first bariatric surgery, you may require additional operations to have a successful outcome
If you would like to learn more about weight loss surgery at HCA Florida Healthcare, please call us at (305) 914-8501.

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