Weight loss surgery in South Tampa

Obesity is known to have negative effects on a person's health. At HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital, we are proud to offer patients access to expert bariatric surgeons with extensive experience in weight loss surgery. Our hospital is a MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Center which acknowledges our high levels of patient care and quality outcomes.

To learn more about our weight loss surgery program, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 227-4387.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

Obesity can lead to other serious health conditions, such as certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. If you are 100 pounds or more over your healthy body weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Th term morbid obesity is commonly associated with surgical weight loss. There are several qualifying factors identified by medical professionals that define morbid obesity, including:

  • You weigh 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight.
  • You have a BMI of 40 or higher or have a BMI of 35 or higher with associated health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • You are unable to sustain a healthy body weight, even through medically supervised dieting.

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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All information provided by this website is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. No information provided in this site may be considered medical advice. The information may not be relevant for your individual situation and may be misinterpreted. HCA assumes no responsibility for how you use information obtained from this site. Before making any decisions regarding your health care, ask your personal physician.

How weight loss surgery works

There are two primary approaches to bariatric surgery: restrictive and malabsorptive procedures. A restrictive procedure decreases the amount of food a person can eat, so they can feel full faster and experience reduced feelings of hunger. Restrictive procedures work by reducing the amount of food that can be consumed, but they do not affect 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 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." The stomach becomes about the size of a banana and the rest is permanently removed. This procedure facilitates weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
  • Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)—This procedure reduces the size of the stomach and connects it directly to the small intestine. This allows for less food to be consumed and for food to bypass the majority of the stomach and part of the small intestine.
  • Revisional bariatric surgery—This is a corrective surgery that aims to help patients achieve significant weight loss if they were unable after an initial surgery or due to complications from a previous bariatric procedure.

For some patients, a robotic-assisted procedure may be an option. Talk to your doctor about robotic surgery options for weight loss.

Free bariatric surgery information packet

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