The world of weight loss surgery can be very overwhelming, especially for those new to the idea of bariatric procedures. With so many weight loss surgery options to choose from, how can you be sure you’re picking the best fit for your body and your health?

At Sun Coast Bariatrics, we are dedicated to helping each and every patient to succeed with their weight loss ambitions. Our dedicated surgical support team will help you consider your options, make a decision, and best prepare for your procedure.

Our program includes:

American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center Quality Program

Comprehensive with Adolescent and Obesity Medicine Qualifications

  • An MBSAQIP Accredited hospital facility with the most technologically advanced equipment.
  • The area’s most experienced weight loss surgeons – trained in the latest minimally-invasive surgical techniques.
  • Caring and specially trained nursing and support staff.
  • Pre- and post-operative nutritional and support staff.
  • Pre-operative patient education classes to prepare patients for weight loss surgery.
  • Individualized treatment plans to assure the best patient outcomes.
  • Monthly support group meetings.
  • Long-term follow-up care.

Which weight loss surgery is best for me?

Weight loss procedures come in many shapes and sizes, from an adjustable gastric band used to minimize stomach capacity to a gastric sleeve procedure that removes a portion of the stomach. However, many patients find themselves overwhelmed with the choices when considering their weight loss surgery options.

Surgery is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and what works for your friend or neighbor will not necessarily be right for you. Our surgeons will work with you to evaluate the pros and cons of our weight loss surgery options, using criteria like:

  • Your current weight and previous weight loss efforts
  • Any weight-related medical conditions that may affect your health
  • How much weight you have to lose
  • Your dietary preferences and habits
  • Your future plans, including diet expectations

Whether you prefer an easily adjustable option or would like to focus on faster weight loss, we will help you determine which of our procedures is ideal for you.

What is a gastric sleeve procedure?

gastric sleeve procedure

A gastric sleeve procedure, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical procedure in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed, leaving behind a small sleeve roughly the size and shape of a banana.

A stretched stomach is often at the root of excessive food intake, especially in those who have maintained unhealthy eating habits for a prolonged period of time. After gastric sleeve decreases the size of the stomach, appetite is reduced and cravings are diminished. Gastric sleeve surgery often stands alone, but may be completed as a precursor to gastric bypass.

What is gastric bypass?

gastric bypass procedure - left: duodenum, jejunum; right: gastric pouch, bypassed portion of stomach, jejunum, bypassed duodenum

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass was the first surgical weight loss procedure performed worldwide. This procedure restricts both the amount of food that can be consumed at one time as well as the amount of calories absorbed by the body (element of malabsorption). It is a major operation and is associated with the fastest weight loss. As with any weight loss procedure, it does take commitment and major lifestyle changes.

With Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, a small pouch is created from the upper portion of the stomach (approximately 30 ml/2 tablespoons). The small intestine is divided at its upper end and a portion is joined to the pouch. Food enters the pouch and travels directly to the small intestine, therefore bypassing the rest of the stomach—hence the name gastric bypass. Because food travels so quickly into the small intestine many hormones are released, which gives you the sensation of fullness. It has also been demonstrated that your metabolic rate increases, therefore increasing your weight loss.

The window for the maximum weight loss is around the 15 - 18 month mark which is referred to as the “window of opportunity”. This varies from individual to individual. On average, more than half of the patients lose 70% or more of their extra weight and then start to maintain. Long term success is dependent on accepting new lifestyle related to food selection, eating and activity.

What is gastric band surgery?

Gastric band surgery is a minimally invasive bariatric procedure that uses a small silicone band to reduce the size of the stomach and, subsequently, food intake. In gastric banding, a surgeon will place a thin band around the top portion of the stomach to create a small upper pouch. Once in place, the band is inflated with saline through a port placed in the abdominal wall. This port can be used to adjust the size and position of the band over time, reducing the need for revision surgery. Fast, flexible, and reversible, gastric banding offers many benefits to those seeking a slow, measured approach to weight loss.

Gastric band procedure - Band around stomach (inflatable), 15-20cc pouch, stomach, connecting tube, port placed below skin to inflate band

What is the Gastric Balloon?

Learn about the non-surgical Gastric Balloon

If you are considering your weight loss surgery options, Sun Coast Bariatrics can help you come to the right decision for you. With offices in St. Petersburg and Trinity we are easily accessible from the entire Tampa Bay area including nearby communities of Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Lakeland, Tampa, Sarasota and Bradenton. Contact us to attend a schedule a consultation with our team! Don’t forget our webinar on line which you can watch from the comfort of your own home.