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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.

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Weight loss surgery in Kissimmee

More and more people who struggle with obesity are choosing to take control of their lives by reaping the benefits of weight loss (bariatric) surgery.

HCA Florida Osceola Hospital offers weight loss surgery to people just like you who are ready to live a healthier lifestyle and reach their healthy weight. This approach to weight management can be extremely useful if you have struggled to effectively lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Weight loss surgery can also help manage obesity-related health issues, such as heart disease, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer.

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Can you benefit from bariatric surgery?

Weight loss surgery is no quick fix to lose weight, but it is an excellent option for many people to lose weight and keep it off long term. If you think you may be interested in this solution, we encourage you to take our eligibility assessment or contact our specialists today. Together, we can help you explore your options for a healthier life.

Weight loss surgery is no quick fix to lose weight, but it is an excellent option for many people to lose weight and keep it off long term. If you think you may be interested in this solution, we encourage you to take our eligibility assessment or contact our specialists today. Together, we can help you explore your options for a healthier life.

Our bariatric services

We offer a full range of bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic and minimally invasive robot-assisted surgeries. These procedures offer minimal incisions and a faster recovery.

Types of weight loss procedures

The types of weight loss surgeries we offer include:

Sleeve gastrectomy

Gastric sleeve surgery (or vertical sleeve gastrectomy) is a procedure that removes most of the stomach, creating a tube or sleeve instead. It is now the most commonly performed bariatric procedure in the U.S. and worldwide.

It works because:

  • The reduction in stomach volume causes people to feel full much quicker after the surgery.
  • The reduced secretion of hunger hormones causes people to feel less hungry.
  • It allows food to pass through the stomach and intestine quicker.

This type of surgery can also be done laparoscopically or with robotic technology.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common surgical weight loss solutions. In this procedure, bariatric surgeons create a small pouch using one part of the stomach. They then attach part of the small intestine to this pouch, bypassing most of the stomach and part of the intestine.

This minimally invasive procedure can be performed laparoscopically or by using a robotic surgical system. With a comprehensive treatment plan, it can create significant, long-term weight loss.

Mini-gastric bypass

The mini-gastric bypass is an effective procedure that combines some properties of a gastric sleeve and a gastric bypass. The upper part of the stomach is divided into a long tube and then joined to part of the intestine. This causes significant weight loss and produces changes in gut hormones that help treat obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The main difference between mini gastric bypass and gastric bypass is that the mini version involves less rerouting of the intestines, reducing the time in surgery. It is also one of the few procedures that can be easily revised or reversed.

Bariatric surgery revision

Although bariatric surgery is successful in treating obesity, some patients may not lose enough weight, gain it back, lose too much weight or have other reasons a previous procedure was not effective. In these cases, they may need "revisional surgery."

Our surgeons are experienced in bariatric surgery revisions and are available for consultation to determine the best option for your weight loss journey.

Qualifications for weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery isn't for everyone. You must meet certain guidelines to be considered for surgery.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery is available for patients who meet certain criteria and undergo a complete evaluation by our bariatric surgeons.

You may qualify for weight loss surgery if you:

  • Are 100 pounds or more over your healthy body weight
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher and have at least one obesity-related condition such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or respiratory diseases
  • Cannot lose weight or maintain a healthy weight with previous weight loss efforts

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