At the Bariatric Center at CentraState, we specialize in “afters,” providing everything you need to help you achieve sustainable weight loss: fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons offering minimally invasive gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and bariatric revision surgery, experienced bariatric dietitians, specially trained nursing staff and access to a bariatric fitness program to help you ease into the physical activity.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?
Are you wondering if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery? Get answers to your most pressing questions from a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. During the seminar, you will learn about the different types of weight loss surgery options, benefits and risks of each type of surgery, and what to expect after surgery.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY OPTIONS
This type of weight loss surgery is also referred to as sleeve gastrectomy. In this minimally-invasive procedure, surgeons re-form the stomach into a narrow banana shape by stapling off a large section of the organ. Gastric sleeve allows patients to lose weight by restricting the amount of food they can eat and preventing production of a hormone produced in the gastrointestinal tract associated with hunger.
To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery, request an appointment.
Through Roux-en Y gastric bypass (weight loss) surgery, surgeons change the configuration of the stomach and small intestine to reduce the amount of food patients can eat and digest. For patients who meet certain criteria, gastric bypass surgery can be performed using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. This approach can potentially reduce blood loss, trauma to muscles and other tissue, risk of infection, length of stay in the hospital, and pain and recovery time.
The typical hospital stay for gastric bypass surgery is three days. Patients generally are able to return to work after a few weeks of recovery.
To learn more about gastric bypass surgery, request an appointment.
In most cases, bariatric surgery is performed using advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, including robotic assisted surgery. With laparoscopic procedures, surgery is performed through about four or five small incisions—causing less trauma to tissue. Robotic-assisted surgery may be considered for is patients who suffer from Class 3 (or severe) obesity, thanks to the increased vision and dexterity that the system allows. The potential benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Less scarring
- Quicker return to normal activity
- Fewer complications
To learn more about robotic bariatric surgery, request an appointment.
In the adjustable gastric banding procedure, surgeons place an adjustable, silicone band around the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food the stomach can hold. The adjustment process can be done as an outpatient procedure in a matter of minutes and helps drive the rate of weight loss. This less invasive approach does not involve stomach stapling, cutting, or intestinal rerouting. Adjustable gastric banding is the only adjustable and reversible surgical weight loss option currently available in the United States.
To learn more about gastric band surgery, request an appointment.
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
The Bariatric Center at CentraState is a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a designation that shows a commitment to providing a comprehensive, safe surgical solution to obesity. CentraState’s multi-disciplinary team supports patients through every facet of the surgical weight loss process with physicians, nurses and fitness experts who are specially trained in the treatment of bariatric patients.
Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS
Bariatric Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Surgery - General, Surgery - Weight Loss
Bariatric Pre-operative Classes
This online program is designed to prepare individuals scheduled for bariatric surgery. We’ll cover preadmission testing, what to expect during your hospital stay, how to avoid complications and setbacks following surgery, nutrition protocols and how to find resources that support your “after”.
WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FAQs
To be eligible for weight loss surgery, you must have a:
- Body mass index (BMI) greater than 40
- BMI of 35 or greater with complications related to obesity, such as hypertension or diabetes
To determine if you are a candidate for robotic weight loss surgery, watch CentraState’s on-demand videos, Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? We also recommend you schedule a consultation appointment with a bariatric surgeon.
Obesity is defined as an excessive amount of body fat. Individuals who are 20 percent over ideal body weight are considered obese.
Morbid obesity is not simply a result of overeating, failing to exercise, or a lack of will power. Research has shown that genetics is a significant underlying cause of obesity. Some people turn more of their calories into energy and heat, while others turn calories into fat. Morbid obesity is hereditary. If you’re morbidly obese, there’s a good chance it runs in your family.
The genetic connection with morbid obesity may explain, in part, why the success rate for non-surgical approaches to treating morbid obesity is so poor. NIH research shows that even those who lose weight gain most of it back within one year.
The health risks associated with obesity include:
- Heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke
- Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
- Back and joint problems
- Problems with skin, urination, or menstruation
- Depression or other mental health problems
- Certain cancers
The health risks associated with morbid obesity can reduce life expectancy. The risk of death from diseases such as diabetes or heart attack is five to seven times greater for a morbidly obese person than for someone of normal weight.
CentraState offers patients the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System— a technologically advanced surgical assistance tool that allows our surgeons to work virtually using computer-guided, magnified, 3-D visualization. The surgeon maneuvers four arms of a highly sophisticated robot through small incisions in the patient. These arms translate the movement of the surgeon’s hands into digitally precise movements.
Robotic-assisted surgery provides the surgeon with increased control, dexterity, digital precision, and superior visualization—all at the same time.