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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.


Bariatric (weight loss) surgery in Tampa, Florida

HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital offers you access to highly skilled bariatric surgeons and weight loss specialists.

They have extensive experience in weight loss surgery and long-term weight loss methods. We offer this care at our Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Comprehensive Center — a recognition that acknowledges our dedication to high levels of care and lasting outcomes for you.

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Our weight loss treatments and services

There are two primary types of bariatric surgery: restrictive and malabsorptive procedures.

Restrictive procedures decrease the amount of food you can eat, so you feel full faster and experience reduced feelings of hunger. Restrictive procedures do not affect your digestion of food.

Malabsorptive procedures alter the digestive process of food by shortening the amount of time food spends in the digestive tract. This is often accomplished through surgically altering the small intestine, therefore limiting the amount of time calories have to be absorbed.

Sometimes, a mixed bariatric procedure may be performed, which combines both approaches to reduce the size of the stomach and restrict the absorption of calories.

Bariatric surgery options

We offer all qualifying patients with surgical options for weight loss, including:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy — Also referred to as “gastric sleeve,” this procedure reduces the size of the stomach by creating a stomach “sleeve” about the size of a banana. The rest of the stomach is permanently removed. This facilitates weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
  • Gastric bypass — Also referred to as a “Roux-en-Y,” this procedure reduces the stomach size and connects it directly to the small intestine. This reduces the amount of food that can be consumed and lets food bypass the majority of the stomach and part of the small intestine.
  • Revisional bariatric surgery — This surgery aims to help you achieve significant weight loss if a previous bariatric procedure has not been successful.

We also encourage you to talk to your doctor about our robot-assisted weight loss procedures. These techniques let us offer you the surgeries above with reduced recovery times and less scarring.

For more information about surgical weight loss at our hospital, please fill out the form below. We will send you more information on our weight loss program to help you get started.

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

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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