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Now's the Time to Lose the Weight

Losing weight can feel like an uphill battle. But our bariatric surgery team can help you tackle the life-changing work of weight loss with leading-edge advancements in bariatric surgery and care.

We'll Help You Meet Major Weight Loss Goals

No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, you’ll see better results with a dedicated team by your side. With medical therapy, endoscopic and surgical procedures, support groups and nutritional counseling, the AdventHealth Ocala team helps strengthen you in body, mind and spirit as you move towards your weight loss goals.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

If your weight is impacting your health and longevity — and holding you back from living a happier and healthier life — you may benefit from medical weight loss help.

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 psychologically ready and willing to commit to a whole 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

Bariatric procedures can help you lose weight quickly and keep it off by reducing hunger and increasing your feeling of fullness. Studies show that more than 90 percent of bariatric patients are able to maintain a long-term weight loss of 50 percent excess body weight or more, when combined with healthy lifestyle changes.

Treatment and Specialties

Know Your Options for Weight Loss Surgery

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  • Robotic Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Provides better visualization, precision and stability. It’s most frequently used with gastrectomy and gastric bypass procedures but can enhance all minimally invasive weight-loss surgeries.

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Restricts the amount of food that can be eaten by removing 75 to 80 percent of the stomach. Encourages the production of gastrointestinal hormones that reduce hunger and appetite.

  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

    Considered the gold standard of weight-loss surgery. Also known as gastric bypass surgery. Helps reduce body mass, dependence on medications and the likelihood of additional surgeries.

  • Duodenal Switch

    The most effective procedure for people with very high triglyceride or cholesterol levels, insulin-dependent diabetics and people with BMIs greater than 50.

  • Adjustable Gastric Band (Lap Band)

    Reduces hunger and calories consumed by placing an inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach. Causes the loss of up to 50 percent of a patient’s excess weight.

  • Intragastric Balloon (Orbera)

    Reduces stomach capacity and creates a sense of fullness. A soft, expandable silicone balloon is inserted into the stomach during a 20-minute procedure using a long flexible tube.

  • Endoscopic Gastric Pouch and Outlet Revision (Overstitch®)

    To reduce weight gain after gastric bypass surgery, an endoscopic suturing device called an Overstitch is used to reduce the size of the gastric pouch or the stoma (the outlet from the pouch).

  • Revisions, Conversions and Reversals of Prior Surgery

    For patients who want to convert a previous procedure, or patients with an adjustable band that has malfunctioned and needs to be corrected.

Coordinated Care

Working Together for You

There’s a lot to consider when you’re preparing for bariatric surgery. We’ll help streamline your services with onsite diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. And, when you need outpatient testing, mental health evaluations and nutrition consultations, we’ll work directly with your primary care provider to find a doctor who is the best match for your situation.

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Nationally Accredited

A Higher Standard for Care

Our commitment to safe, high-quality bariatric care is supported by our accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). Only awarded to surgical centers that pass a rigorous review process, the MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients. All accredited centers are required to report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

Advancing the Field of Bariatric Care

A Team of Proven Providers

Yes, our accreditations are an assurance that you’re getting the best available bariatric care in Ocala. But it’s the experience of our team that really matters.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of care because we believe that’s what you deserve. Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, with additional training and certification in robotic surgery, we’ve helped thousands of bariatric patients achieve their goals for weight loss surgery. To ensure that we’re always meeting or exceeding expectations for skill, expertise, technology and compassionate care, our surgeons are active members of:

  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Meet Our Physicians

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  • Juan Gutierrez, MD

    A board-certified bariatric surgeon, Juan Gutierrez, MD, performs robotic procedures that provide patients with minimally invasive, surgical weight-loss options.

    Participating in clinical research and investigational efforts, Dr. Gutierrez has a passion for furthering bariatric medicine.

    “By bringing you today’s most promising surgical methods and treatments, I hope to make a difference in your life.”

    He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

  • Salvador Ramos, MD

    A fellowship-trained surgeon, Salvador Ramos, MD, specializes in minimally invasive approaches to both bariatric and general surgery. He enjoys helping people regain their quality of life through significant weight loss, and feels rewarded by each patient’s progress.

    “It’s a joy to see my patients living well in body, mind and spirit.”

    A Philippine native, he’s fluent in Tagalog and two other Philippine dialects.

AdventHealth Patient Navigator

Your Guide to Better Bariatric Care

At AdventHealth, you’ll never have to face surgery alone. Our patient navigator program ensures you receive personalized, one-on-one attention every step of the way, helping you:

  • Access online health tools
  • Find emotional and spiritual support resources
  • Get your prescriptions
  • Schedule follow-up and virtual appointments
  • Understand your discharge instructions