Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery

The Bariatric Care Program at St Petersburg General Hospital is dedicated to offering you the latest advancements in the field of bariatric care and surgical weight loss. We are located in St. Petersburg, Florida, easily accessible from the entire Tampa Bay area and from the nearby communities of Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa and Sarasota. If you are significantly overweight, and looking for a real solution, we're here to help.

Morbid obesity can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional issues. Our program has been created to help individuals end their struggles with obesity and lead healthier lives. We offer three basic types of weight loss surgery - the adjustable Gastric Band procedure (LAP-BAND® and the Realize Band™), Gastric Bypass Surgery (also known as Roux-en-Y or RNY)

About Obesity

Obesity, and the complications thereof, is considered the second leading cause of death in the United States. Obesity can lead to:

  • Decreased energy
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • Worsening arthritis symptoms
  • Increased risk of certain cancers
  • Gout
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Poor self-image, depression

Although over 75% of those with obesity claim to exercise regularly and have healthy eating habits, research data still strongly suggests that surgical alternatives are more successful for weight loss than diet or pharmaceutical options.

Robotic Bariatric Surgery

As a result of a great St Petersburg General Hospital team and the da Vinci® technology, Robotic Bariatric Surgery offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy.

  • Much lower rate of gastrointestinal leaks
  • Lower risk of needing follow-up surgery
  • Lower risk of converting to open surgery
  • Reduced surgeon fatigue
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low rate of wound infection
  • Short hospital stay

Robotic Bariatric Procedures:

  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

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