Weight loss doctors in Ocala, Florida

Obesity can hinder you from living the life you want to lead. In addition to shortening your life span, it can also lead to acid reflux, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and Type 2 diabetes.

Bariatric surgery, also called weight loss surgery, can reverse obesity and its related health conditions.

The highly skilled bariatric surgeons at Ocala Health provide weight loss solutions, such as gastric bypass surgery and adjustable gastric banding surgery, to the Marion County area. With follow-up care from our team and support from others on the same path, you can achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle.

For more information on Ocala Health's bariatric program, call our bariatric program coordinator at (352) 291-6357.

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term for various weight loss surgical procedures. These procedures are not cosmetic and are only available to eligible candidates for bariatric surgery. Patients must also follow diet and lifestyle changes after bariatric surgery to ensure successful surgeries and long-term weight loss.

Bariatric surgery is an option if you:

  • Are 100 pounds or more over your healthy body weight
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea

Your BMI can reliably indicate how much body fat you have and is based on your weight and height. You can determine your BMI using the BMI calculator below.

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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Nationally recognized bariatric surgery program

Ocala Regional Medical Center is recognized for excellence in bariatric surgery. It is a recognized Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) as designated by the American College of Surgeons American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Weight loss procedures we offer

Our weight loss doctors at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital offer multiple bariatric procedures using laparoscopy, a type of minimally invasive surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses a laparoscope, a small, slender fiber optic surgical tool with a light and tiny camera on the end.

Traditional open surgery uses larger instruments, requires a large incision (4 to 12 inches) and offers less precision. With the laparoscope, the surgeon can create much smaller incisions (1/4-inch to 1/2-inch) and has greater visualization and accessibility in the abdominal cavity.

Laparoscopic bariatric surgery means shorter healing times, less pain and less scarring.

The smaller incisions reduce the risk of:

  • Wound infections
  • Wound disruptions
  • Incisional hernias
  • Scarring and disfiguring associated with long incisions

Because you can breathe more easily and deeply following the procedure, you have reduced risk of:

  • Pneumonia
  • Atelectasis (collapse of air sacs in lungs)
  • Respiratory failure

Gastric bypass surgery

The weight loss specialists at Ocala Health were among the first in the country to offer this minimally invasive laparoscopic technique, which creates a smaller stomach pouch and bypasses the larger portion of the stomach and much of the small intestine.

Once you have lost 50 percent of your excess body weight and sustained that weight loss for five years, the procedure is deemed successful.

Sleeve gastrectomy

The sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure in which 80 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving a sleeve-shaped stomach. The new stomach holds about one-half to 1 cup of food at one time. This procedure involves stomach stapling and is not reversible.

Because this procedure eliminates the upper portion of the stomach, which produces the hormones that stimulate hunger, the sensation of hunger is often decreased.

This surgery is an option for morbidly obese patients with a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI between 35 to 40 with significant co-existing chronic conditions. Sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically and usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

On average, patients lose about 50 to 60 percent of their excess weight over two years with this procedure. However, individual weight loss results will vary based upon how well you follow the postoperative guidelines.