Weight loss surgeons in Poinciana, Florida

At Poinciana Medical Center, our weight loss surgeons offer minimally invasive bariatric surgery to patients in Osceola and Polk counties. Weight loss surgery may be considered when patients are unable to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise alone.

We know each patient is unique. Our surgical services team works together to meet each patient's needs throughout their weight loss journey.

For more information about bariatric surgery, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 253-8117.

Candidates for weight loss surgery

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a patient may qualify for bariatric surgery if:

  • The patient has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 and is 100 pounds or more overweight.
  • The patient has a BMI greater than 35 with at least one or more obesity-related conditions, such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders or heart disease.
  • The patient has been unable to achieve and maintain a healthy weight with prior weight loss efforts.

Weight loss surgeries we offer

We are proud to offer laparoscopic weight loss procedures. Laparoscopic surgery involves five to six small incisions in the abdomen. Then, a small scope connected to a video camera and surgical tools are inserted into the abdomen. The surgeon uses these tools to perform the surgery.

Our weight loss surgeons offer patients a range of laparoscopic bariatric surgeries and revisional procedures, including:

  • Mini gastric bypass
  • Revision of previous bariatric procedures
  • Sleeve gastrectomy

Mini gastric bypass

We are one of the only hospitals in the country to offer mini gastric bypass surgery. A traditional gastric bypass surgery, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a commonly performed bariatric surgery. In the mini and traditional gastric bypass, a weight loss surgeon divides the stomach into two pouches, one smaller and one larger.

After the procedure, consumed food goes into the smaller stomach pouch and then directly into the small intestine. Food bypasses most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. This change in the digestive process causes patients to feel full faster and can result in long-term weight loss.

Unlike the traditional gastric bypass surgery, patients who undergo the mini gastric bypass typically only stay in the hospital overnight. On average, the operation is completed in an hour.

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)

Gastric sleeve, also called sleeve gastrectomy, is a common surgical weight loss procedure. In this procedure, 60 to 75 percent of the stomach is removed, and the stomach is shaped into a tube, or sleeve. This provides patients with a quicker sense of fullness and decreased appetite.

Weight loss surgery revisions and conversions

Bariatric surgery often results in long-term weight loss for many patients. However, some patients can experience weight fluctuation or other problems from previous bariatric surgeries.

Our surgeons know revisional bariatric surgery is very complex and requires individualized treatments. That's why our weight loss surgeons provide revisions and conversions of prior bariatric surgeries and tailor revisions to meet each patient's needs.