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Michel Murr MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Cirlcle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
(813) 972-2000; (813) 844-7473

Dr. Michel El-Murr specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Tampa, FL. After completing medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine, Dr. El-Murr performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Clinical interests for Dr. El-Murr include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders (liver & gallbladder). His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Amerigroup, AvMed, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. El-Murr has received professional recognition including the following: 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. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. John Gonzalvo's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery; he sees patients in Tampa, FL. On average, patients gave Dr. Gonzalvo a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Amerigroup, AvMed, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalvo honors. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida Health. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Richard Lark Dicicco MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 S. Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
(813) 877-6000; (813) 788-5569

Dr. Richard Dicicco practices general surgery and bariatric surgery in Tampa, FL, Dade City, FL, and Zephyrhills, FL. Dr. Dicicco's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise consist of gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He honors AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, Dr. Dicicco attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Bayfront Health, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Clinical interests: Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Laparoscopic Surgery

Alfredo Fernandez MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
8011 Himes Avenue; Suite 3
Tampa, FL
(813) 496-9663; (813) 496-9620

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are plastic surgery, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. After attending National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school, he completed his residency training at Ochsner Medical Center. Patient ratings for Dr. Fernandez average 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Fernandez is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Brandon Regional Hospital and Florida 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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