Helping You Achieve Your Weight-Loss Goals
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.
No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, you’ll see better results with a dedicated team by your side. Our AdventHealth Ocala team works in unison with the AdventHealth Bariatric and Metabolic Institute to offer you minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures, support groups and more.
We’re ready to help strengthen you in body, mind and spirit as you achieve your weight-loss 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 surgical weight-loss surgery procedures that can mean faster healing times, minimal scarring and a quicker return to the life you love.
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 has become a popular option since it doesn’t involve bypassing the small intestine and has minimal long-term complications.
Gastric bypass reduces the size of the stomach to one or two ounces to reroute 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.
Orbera® Intragastric Balloon System
We were the first hospital in Tampa to offer Orbera, a non-surgical solution. The Orbera balloon helps reinforce portion control by limiting the amount of food the stomach can hold.
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).
Meet Your Bariatric Surgery Team
Join Our Support Groups
If you’re considering or have had bariatric surgery, our free support groups are here for you to share your personal journey and experiences with others who understand and support your goals.
Our groups provide a safe environment to talk about weight loss, increase your knowledge, learn success tips and discuss any challenges or barriers to success. Groups are facilitated by our bariatric coordinators and offer guest speakers throughout the year as well.
No matter where you live, or what AdventHealth program your surgeon is affiliated with, you can attend a group session virtually at any location. You decide how much support you need, and we will be here to help you along the way.
Class Dates: October 20, November 17, December 15
Class Times: Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 pm ET
If you have any questions about our support groups, please contact us at Call352-671-2099.
Answering Your Bariatric Surgery Questions
- What are the bariatric surgery requirements?
- Which bariatric surgery procedure is right for me?
- What is the cost of bariatric surgery, and will my insurance cover it?
- What are some bariatric surgery risks?
- How long do bariatric procedures take?
- How rapid is weight loss after bariatric surgery?
- How much excess skin will I have after surgery?