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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

(Average of 5 in 13 ratings)

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

Dr. Michel El-Murr works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders (liver & gallbladder). Dr. El-Murr is affiliated with the University of South Florida Health and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital. He is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. El-Murr completed a residency program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. El-Murr takes Amerigroup, AvMed, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. He welcomes new patients.

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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 works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patients gave Dr. Gonzalvo an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Amerigroup, AvMed, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida Health. Dr. Gonzalvo is accepting 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

(Average of 4 in 4 ratings)

Clinical interests: Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Richard Dicicco's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Dicicco honors AvMed, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Bayfront Health, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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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

(Average of 4 in 11 ratings)

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez works as a plastic surgeon, general surgeon, and bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL. He attended National University of Pedro Henriquez Urena for medical school and subsequently trained at Ochsner Medical Center for residency. Dr. Fernandez's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He accepts Medicare insurance. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Fernandez is 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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