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1 . resultRichard Shawn Gordon MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

1840 Mease Drive; Suite 401
Safety Harbor, FL
(727) 586-3751

(rated an average of 5 in 2 ratings)

Clinical interests: Bariatric Medicine, Bowel Resection, Breast Biopsy, Breast Surgery, Colonoscopy, Flexible ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Gordon specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Largo, FL, Dunedin, FL, and Largo/Clearwater, FL. Before completing his residency at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Gordon attended medical school at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. These areas are among his clinical interests: colonoscopy, surgical repair, and bowel resection. Dr. Gordon honors MultiPlan, AvMed, and Citrus Health Care, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, BayCare Alliant Hospital, and Morton Plant Hospital.

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2 . resultHarold Matthew Couch MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

4801 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 526-3468

(rated 5 in 1 rating)

Dr. Harold Couch is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and Saint Pwetersburg, FL. Dr. Couch accepts Medicare insurance. He attended Flinders University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, Northside Hospital, and St. Anthony's Hospital.

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3 . resultDr. Albert Hui-Shiung Li MD
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Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

4801 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
(727) 526-3468

Dr. Albert Li's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. He is in-network for Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Beaumont Hospitals. Dr. Li speaks Chinese. He is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Northside Hospital, and St. Anthony's Hospital.

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4 . resultMrs. Tiffany Michelle Jessee DO
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

900 Carillon Parkway; Suite 401
St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 289-7137; (727) 584-7666

(rated an average of 4.1 in 16 ratings)

Clinical interests: Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Lap Band, Medical Weight Loss, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Weight Loss ... (Read more)

Dr. Tiffany Jessee specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Largo, FL. Her areas of expertise include sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Jessee has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. She honors MultiPlan, AvMed, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Largo Medical Center, Dr. Jessee attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Jessee's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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5 . resultErnest Curt Rehnke MD
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Specializes in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

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St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 344-0640

(rated an average of 4.2 in 17 ratings)

Clinical interests: Breast Biopsy, Breast Biposy/Stereotactic, Bypass Surgery, Carotid Artery Disease, Colon & Rectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Ernest Rehnke's areas of specialization are vascular surgery, general surgery, and bariatric surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Rehnke include breast biopsy, hiatal hernia, and surgical repair. Dr. Rehnke is professionally affiliated with BayCare Physician Partners, Bayfront Health, and St. Anthony's Hospital. His education and training includes medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine and residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Methodist Healthcare, Memphis. Patient ratings for Dr. Rehnke average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including MultiPlan, First Health, and BlueCross BlueShield of Florida.

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6 . resultDr. Keyur Anilkumar (Anikumar) Chavda MD
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

205 S Moon Avenue; Suite 102
Brandon, FL
(813) 654-9557; (813) 681-4644

Dr. Keyur Chavda specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery and practices in Brandon, FL and Jacksonville, FL. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad. For his professional training, Dr. Chavda completed a residency program at Robert Packer Hospital. He speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Chavda's professional affiliations include Brandon Regional Hospital and Florida Hospital.

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7 . resultDr. Robyn Michele Ache DO
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Specializes in Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery

900 Carillon Parkway; #201
St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 289-7137

Clinical interests: Adjustable Gastric Band, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Lap Band, Medical Weight Loss, Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Robyn Ache works as a general surgeon and bariatric surgeon. She has indicated that her clinical interests include sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. Ache's professional affiliations include BayCare Physician Partners, St. Anthony's Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. She accepts MultiPlan, AvMed, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine and a graduate of Largo Medical Center's residency program.

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8 . resultAlfredo Fernandez MD
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Specializes in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

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

(rated an average of 4 in 11 ratings)

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are general surgery, bariatric surgery, and plastic and reconstructive surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider 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. He is conversant in Spanish. He 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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