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The Weight-Loss Support You Deserve

For your weight-loss journey, you deserve the utmost support from experts who have your whole-person health in mind. And that’s just what you’ll find here.

Working in unison with the AdventHealth Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, AdventHealth Sebring brings a surgical weight-loss program to your Heartland community. The surgeon, dietitians, nurses and medical specialists in our program are here to give you hope, confidence and life-changing solutions that work for you. 

We’ll guide you through the steps required before bariatric surgery and will continue to support you as you adjust to your new life and improved health.

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

If you’re looking for weight care options in Florida, the help you need may be right around the corner. Conveniently located in Sebring, our practice offers the latest surgical weight-loss procedures and a whole-person approach to help you achieve your goals. 

Leading our bariatric care program, Dr. Latzko works with a team of medical specialists to apply a customized approach for improved well-being, emphasizing education, diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

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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.

Meet Your Bariatric Care Team

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Michael P. Latzko, MD

Bariatric Surgeon 
 

With nearly 10 years of experience, Dr. Latzko leads our bariatric program with a team of compassionate weight-loss specialists to assist you on your bariatric journey.

Stephanie Heasley

Stephanie Heasley

Bariatric Nurse Navigator

Stephanie helps connect you with educational resources and support services, communicating with your doctor and scheduling appointments to assist each patient from the time they make their appointment through each step of their journey to whole health.

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Sol Figueroa, RDN, LDN

Diabetes Dietitian

Sol provides outpatient nutrition counseling, teaching wellness through nutrition, exercise, accountability and a positive support system.

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Jasmine Westbrooks MS, RD/LD, CDCES

Guiding Your Weight-Loss Journey

We know that weight-loss surgery and other bariatric procedures are life-changing decisions that require extra thought, care and support. Our team will work with you to understand which weight-loss option best meets your needs so you can start to feel whole again.

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Join Our Support Groups

If you’re considering or have had bariatric surgery, our support groups at nearby AdventHealth campuses are here for you to share your personal journey and experiences with others who understand and support your goals. Groups are facilitated by our bariatric coordinators and offer guest speakers throughout the year as well. You decide how much support you need, and we will be here to help you along the way.

Where Award-Winning Care Is Rewarding for You

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

    The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade A

    AdventHealth Sebring 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 Toward a Healthier You

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