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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

5 Tampa General Cirlcle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
(813) 972-2000; (813) 844-7473

(Average of 5 in 13 ratings)

Clinical interests: Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Diabetes, Foregut Disorders, GERD, Hepatobiliary disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michel El-Murr's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. Patient reviews placed Dr. El-Murr at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. El-Murr include hepatobiliary disorders (liver & gallbladder), pancreatic cancer, and diabetes. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. He is in-network for Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), Quality Health Management, and Evolutions Healthcare Systems, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Before performing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. El-Murr attended American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine for medical school. Dr. El-Murr has received the following distinctions: USF Research Day: Outstanding Resident Research, University of South Florida; USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, Univeristy of South Florida; and USF Research Day: Superior Presentation Award, University of South Florida.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
(813) 844-7877; (813) 844-7473

(Average of 5 in 4 ratings)

Dr. John Gonzalvo is a specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He works in Tampa, FL. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Gonzalvo is an in-network provider for WellCare Medicare, WellCare, and Medicare Advantage, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida Health. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

508 S. Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
(813) 877-6000; (813) 788-5569

Clinical interests: Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Richard Dicicco is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. He has a special interest in gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, Bayfront Health, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Dr. Dicicco completed his residency training at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Dicicco takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna, Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS), and Evolutions Healthcare Systems.

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

8011 Himes Avenue; Suite 3
Tampa, FL
(813) 496-9663; (813) 496-9620

(Average of 4 in 11 ratings)

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez's medical specialty is general surgery, bariatric surgery, and plastic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Fernandez's education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Fernandez speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Florida Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital.

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What is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is a surgical procedure performed to help significantly obese patients lose weight when more traditional methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not helped. Depending on the type, these surgeries change the gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food can be eaten and also change how food is absorbed by the body. Of the various bariatric surgeries available, the most common is gastric bypass.

By far the most common of the gastric bypass surgeries is called “Roux-en-Y.” During this surgery, part of the stomach and small intestine are detached from the gastrointestinal tract, in order to make the tract smaller. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The working stomach, at the end of the esophagus, is now tiny - only the size of a walnut. This makes patients feel full after eating a small amount of food. Then the small intestine is also divided, and after bypassing a section of the small intestine to reduce food absorption, the intestine is attached to the small stomach pouch. The patient now has a working stomach and intestine like before, only much smaller.

Because gastric bypass is used to treat extreme obesity, it can reduce the risk of some of the problems associated with obesity. Gastric bypass can help treat or reduce the risk for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is a major surgery and also carries risks itself. Any surgery can lead to infection, bleeding, or blood clots, and weight loss surgery in particular carries risks of leaks in the gastrointestinal system, malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and vomiting.

Typically patients are considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery if they have a BMI greater than 40, or sometimes if they have a BMI between 35 and 40 but are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. The outlook is generally good, with most patients losing between 50-75% of their excess weight in 1-2 years. However, patients must follow strict diet guidelines so that the stomach can heal, starting with no food at all, then followed by a liquid diet for some time. For many severely obese patients who have tried strict diets before without success, gastric bypass surgery is the tool that allows them to finally achieve their weight loss and health goals.


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