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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.

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On Your Weight-Loss Journey, We’ll Be Your Guide

Weight-loss surgery is a big decision. We want to ensure all your questions are answered, so you can be informed, prepared and confident that you’re making the best decision for your health. Download our PDF of answers to frequently asked questions about bariatric surgeries to learn more.

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

Dr. Latzko leads our bariatric program with a team of compassionate weight-loss specialists to guide your journey.

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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.

Cassandra Hennegar, Bariatric Patient Navigator

Cassandra Hennegar

Bariatric Patient Navigator

Cassandra will work to answer your questions, offer guidance and ensure you're supported at every step of your weight-loss journey.

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

We've been recognized by these leading national organizations for our commitment to providing the highest-quality care to our patients.

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Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) Center of Excellence

AdventHealth Sebring is accredited by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery for providing the highest quality of care and patient safety. We are the only facility in Highlands and Hardee counties to receive this designation.

SRC Surgeon of Excellence Robotic Surgery Award

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) Surgeon of Excellence

The Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) has accredited Michael P. Latzko, MD, as a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Our hospital is nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Being an MBSAQIP-accredited Comprehensive Center acknowledges our commitment to high-quality patient care and positive outcomes.

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Hear Our Patient Success Stories

At AdventHealth Sebring, weight-loss surgery has helped many people regain their confidence and return to the lives they love. Take it from former patient Lori Dyal, who worked with Dr. Latzko to achieve her goals.

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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.