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When Lifestyle Changes Aren’t Enough

Minimally Invasive Surgical 
Weight Loss

Have hope. Because today is a new day. At AdventHealth Dade City, formerly Florida Hospital Dade City, our goal is to do what no fad diet or internet craze has done before: Provide real weight loss results that help you feel healthier and more in-control.

Our team of bariatric professionals has helped hundreds of patients lose the weight and reduce the presence of obesity related health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, infertility, sleep apnea, GERD and more. You'll have access to minimally invasive surgical options that help you get back to living your healthiest life faster and with fewer side effects.

If you have questions about bariatric weight loss surgery, contact Robin, our Bariatric and Digestive Health Navigator at 352-521-1170 or [email protected].

Your Goals. Our Expertise.

Weight Loss Surgery at an Accredited Bariatric Center.

If you're considering bariatric surgery, the Bariatric Program at AdventHealth Dade City is certified as a UnitedHealthcare Bariatric Center of Excellence and accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). These designations are an important distinction that give patients seeking bariatric surgery the assurance that AdventHealth Dade City meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality.

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A Healthy Weight Supports a Healthy Body

It’s time to imagine a brighter future. Maintaining a healthier weight has been linked to a longer life expectancy, a more positive self image, and increased libido. And it’s not just your outlook that improves. Additional benefits include a decreased risk of developing conditions like type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, joint and digestive issues, and even some types of cancer. You’re also less likely to experience fertility and pregnancy issues, develop high blood pressure and heart disease, or suffer from a stroke. The healthier your weight, the healthier your body, mind, and spirit. Let the bariatric specialists at AdventHealth Dade City, formerly Florida Hospital Dade City, help you get there.

For more information or to sign up for a free information session, please call 352-521-1170View the online seminar and take the first step. 

Weight-Loss Surgery Options to Help You Achieve Your Goals

You have a choice in how you reach your goals. AdventHealth Dade City offers the only bariatric weight-loss program in east and central Pasco County. As your partner in care, we’ll educate you on your options and help you pick the procedure that works best for your needs. We specialize in the most advanced weight-loss surgeries, including:

  • Gastric Band Conversion to Sleeve Gastrectomy — If you're unhappy with your gastric band, you may have an option to convert the band to a sleeve, a minimally invasive procedure that can help you lose more weight with fewer side effects.
  • Gastric Band Removal — This is another option if you and your health care team decide you no longer benefit from your gastric band.
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy — In this procedure, a large portion of your stomach is removed, helping you feel fuller longer after eating smaller amounts of food.

After your bariatric surgery, you may need to change some habits, to include getting more exercise, eating smaller amounts of healthy foods more often, eating slowly, and not eating and drinking at the same time. You can expect to lose 50 to 80 percent of your excess body weight within the first six to 12 months.

Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group

Shedding extra weight impacts your overall health. Your blood pressure, energy, fertility, joints and sleep all get a much-needed boost. We’re here to help you regain your whole health. If you’re considering or have had bariatric surgery, this setting provides a safe, supportive place to talk about weight loss and discuss challenges or concerns.

Ongoing education is provided by our Digestive Health and Bariatric Navigator. Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are strongly encouraged. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call 352-521-1170.

Meet Your

Bariatric and Digestive Health Nurse Navigator

As a former gastric sleeve patient who has maintained an 80-pound weight loss, Robin understands the bariatric weight loss journey firsthand and can help to answer your bariatric and digestive health questions. Her complimentary services include connecting you with educational resources and support services, communicating with your doctors and scheduling appointments. To learn more or request an appointment, please contact Robin, our Bariatric and Digestive Health Nurse Navigator at 352-521-1170 or here.

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Robin Stuckey, RN

Robin Stuckey, BSN-RN, CBN

Robin is passionate about bariatric medicine and digestive health care. Her professional experience includes triage nurse, patient navigator, patient educator, inpatient bariatric nurse and digestive health coordinator.

Achieve a Healthy Weight

With a Whole Team by Your Side

Weight loss is a journey you've likely been on your entire life, one that feels like it may never end. Our bariatric specialists are here to assist you on this journey and bring you to a place where you feel healthier, more energetic, and ready to move on to a new challenge. Dr. Thati and the team of compassionate weight-loss specialists at AdventHealth Dade City are here to help you imagine a brighter, healthier future. 

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Naga Thatimatla, MD

Dr. Naga Thatimatla (Thati) is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in bariatric procedures at AdventHealth Dade City. His goal is to help all patients feel more in-control of their weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle.


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Reclaim Your Life

Bariatric and Weight Care You Can Count On

You’ve got this, because you’ve got us. Get the expert guidance and support you need to live healthier, longer.