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With You at Each Step of Your Weight-Loss Journey

Weight management can feel like a long and tiresome process with lots of highs and lows. We understand, and we're here to help with proven solutions that you can feel good about. Our experts at AdventHealth Carrollwood, formerly Florida Hospital Carrollwood, can develop a plan to help you reach and maintain your healthiest weight. 

Our program is an MBSAQIP-accredited Comprehensive Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and our team works in unison with the AdventHealth Bariatric and Metabolic Institute to offer you minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures, support groups and more.

No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, we’re ready to help you achieve your goals.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

Combined with healthy lifestyle changes, bariatric procedures can help you lose weight quickly and keep it off successfully. You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:

  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • Are not dependent on drugs or alcohol
  • Are ready and willing to commit to a new lifestyle
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above
  • Have a weight-related condition, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or sleep apnea
  • Have tried to lose weight through other means, such as diet and exercise

To determine if a surgical weight-loss procedure is right for you, we’ll look at factors like your age, your medical history, any previous attempts at weight loss, any related health conditions and your body mass index (BMI). We’ll then work to understand which procedure could best meet your needs so you can achieve your weight-loss goals.  

Types of Bariatric Surgery Our Team Offers

Many people struggle to achieve a healthy weight through diet and exercise. You’re not alone, and our team can help. Count on us for the latest weight-loss surgery procedures that can mean faster healing times, minimal scarring and a quicker return to the life you love.

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  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Our team offers the most advanced robotic-assisted and laparoscopic procedures, which mean fewer incisions, less scarring and a faster recovery for you.

  • Gastric Sleeve

    Gastric sleeve has become a popular option since it doesn’t involve bypassing the small intestine and has minimal long-term complications.

  • Gastric Bypass

    Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach to one or two ounces and reroutes food away from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine.

  • Revisions and Conversions

    For people who had bariatric surgery that wasn't successful, we offer lap band revisions, which modifies an original procedure, or conversions, which replaces the procedure with a new solution.

  • Lap Band Evaluations

    You may be a candidate for a lap band evaluation if you feel you didn’t meet your goal of losing weight and keeping it off, want to understand why your weight-loss procedure hasn't worked as you thought it would, or would like to talk over options with a team of professionals.

Meet Your Bariatric Surgery Team

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Marco Rajo, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

Alfredo Fernandez, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

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Join Our Support Groups

If you’re considering or have had bariatric surgery, our support groups are here for you to share your personal journey and experiences with others who understand and support your goals. Our groups are facilitated by our bariatric coordinators and provide a welcoming environment to give and receive support. 

Class Dates: 

  • Monday, September 27th - Topic: Grocery Games: How to Strategize Shopping and Reading Labels
  • Monday, October 25th - Topic: Survival Guide: Traveling Post Bariatric Surgery with Tips and Tricks 
  • Monday, November 15th - Topic: Survival Guide: Holiday Blues Post Bariatric Surgery 
  • Monday, December 20th - Topic: Year-End Round Up! Achievements, Reflections and Before and After

Class Times: 

  • Mondays, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

If you have any questions about our support groups, please contact us at Call813-558-0320.

Upholding the Highest Standards of Care

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    Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

    Our hospital is nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. Being an MBSAQIP-accredited Comprehensive Center acknowledges our high levels of patient care and quality outcomes.

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    Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) 

    Our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

  • Florida Blue Bariatric Surgery logo

    Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center

    AdventHealth Carrollwood is recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center for bariatric surgical care by Blue Cross Blue Shield for providing safe, effective care and delivering better outcomes for the community.

  • AdventHealth awarded A-grade in Hospital Safety in Spring 2021

    The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade A

    AdventHealth Carrollwood is recognized as one of America’s highest-rated hospitals for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group.

Answering Your Bariatric Surgery Questions 

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Take the First Step With a Team at Your Side

Today’s the day to transform your life. With access to a wide range of medical professionals, community resources and local support services, you can count on our multidisciplinary team to help you on your journey to better health. We’ll be your coach — and biggest cheerleader — on the way to success.