Weight loss surgery in Brandon, Florida

For individuals who are 100 pounds or more overweight, weight loss can be challenging. The Bariatric Center at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital offers a comprehensive approach to managing obesity and the health- related issues that often accompany obesity.

We will guide and support you throughout your surgical weight loss journey to a healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about our bariatric surgery services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 227-4387.

Obesity and your health

Obesity is the excess accumulation of body fat as a result of excessive food intake, lack of physical activities or endocrine disorders. Obesity may lead to other health conditions, including:

  • Certain types of cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type II diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Reflux
  • Sleep apnea

Candidates for bariatric surgery

There are several factors that may qualify you for bariatric surgery, including:

  • You have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise
  • You weigh twice your recommended healthy weight for your height or are at least 100 pounds overweight
  • Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 40
  • Your BMI is more than 30, and you have an obesity-related health condition, such as:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Respiratory disorders
    • Trouble breathing
    • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Lipid abnormalities
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Heart disease
    • Hypertension

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





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Benefits of surgical weight loss

Surgical weight loss procedures allow you to feel satisfied with smaller amounts of food. The decrease in consumption, combined with a healthy diet, can eliminate or significantly reduce many chronic medical conditions associated with obesity, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Types of weight loss surgery we offer

Our bariatric surgeons offer proven weight loss techniques and will help you determine which bariatric procedure may be the best option for you.

Laparoscopic gastric bypass

During gastric bypass, also called a Roux-en-Y procedure, a small pouch is created to limit the amount of food that can be ingested, bypassing the stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). By bypassing the duodenum, absorption of nutrients and calories is prevented, resulting in significant weight loss. Benefits of this surgery include:

  • Small incisions
  • Low long -term complication rate
  • Improvement or resolution of diseases, such as diabetes
  • Loss of 65-85 percent of excess weight in 12-18 months

Sleeve gastrectomy

The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a weight loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25 percent of its original size following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples) to form a sleeve or banana shape. The size of the stomach is permanently reduced.

Benefits of this surgery include:

  • Reduces stomach capacity but tends to allow the stomach to function normally so most food items can be consumed
  • Eliminates the portion of the stomach that produces the hormones that stimulate hunger
  • Appealing option for people who are concerned about the foreign object aspect of banding procedures
  • Requires only small incisions
  • Can be performed robotically or laparoscopically

Benefits of robotic assisted surgery include:

  • Increased surgical precision
  • Better visualization of the surgical site
  • Lower risk of complications.
  • Possibility of fewer anesthesia-related risk

Laparoscopic gastric banding

During this procedure, an adjustable belt is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to decrease the size of the stomach and limit food intake.

Benefits of this surgery include:

  • Safe and low risk procedure
  • Fully reversible because the anatomy of the stomach is not altered in any way
  • Successful loss of 50-60 percent of excess weight (most in first year)
  • Fast recovery with a 30-45 minute procedure and one night stay in hospital

Laparoscopic revisional surgery

Most patients achieve success with the first bariatric surgery, however, you may seek revisional surgery from your weight loss doctor if you:

  • Experience significant side effects or complications from an earlier bariatric surgery
  • Do not achieve the expected rate of weight loss
  • Stop losing weight before reaching your target weight
  • Lose weight too rapidly

Bariatric surgery seminars

You are invited to view a virtual Bariatric Surgery Webinar to learn more about surgical weight loss and see if it is right for you.

Weight loss diet

A healthy diet and regular exercise is essential regardless of the weight loss program or surgery option. It is important to improve your diet by reducing the consumption of foods high in fat and sugars and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber including:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugars
  • Lean proteins from meat, fish and poultry