Bariatric Seminar: Imagine a Healthier You

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. 

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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 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

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Juan Gutierrez, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

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

Salvador Ramos, DO

Bariatric Surgeon

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

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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.

Award-Winning Care That’s Rewarding for You

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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).

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction® Center+

    AdventHealth Ocala is recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for bariatric surgical care by Blue Cross Blue Shield for providing safe, effective and efficient care to deliver better outcomes for the community.

Answering Your Bariatric Surgery Questions 

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Let’s Take the First Step, Together

Our expert team of bariatric and weight care specialists is here to help you achieve a healthier life. We're here to be your coach — and biggest cheerleader — on the way to reaching your goals for your healthiest self.