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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, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders (liver & gallbladder). Patients rated Dr. El-Murr highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. El-Murr graduated from American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. He trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for residency. He 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. His professional affiliations include the University of South Florida Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. Dr. El-Murr's 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. Dr. Gonzalvo is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes Amerigroup, AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida Health. Dr. Gonzalvo welcomes 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 is a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL, Dade City, FL, and Zephyrhills, FL. Dr. Dicicco attended American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. He is especially interested in gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dicicco takes. He is professionally 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

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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, who practices in Tampa, FL, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Fernandez is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Medicare insurance. Dr. Fernandez's education and training includes medical school at National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena and residency at Ochsner Medical Center. Dr. Fernandez speaks 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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