We found 5 bariatric surgeons near Tampa, FL.

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Dr. Richard Lark Dicicco, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 South Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Richard Dicicco is a physician who specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Dicicco's clinical interests include revision arthroplasty (joint revision), gastric bypass surgery, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. He is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Dicicco completed a residency program at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. Dr. Dicicco accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Clinical interests: Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Joint Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Hemorrhoid Surgery, Liver Disease, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Gonzalvo works as a bariatric surgeon in Tampa, FL. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Gonzalvo trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Michel M El-Murr, MD
Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Michel Murr is a medical specialist in bariatric surgery. His clinical interests include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. Dr. Murr is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Murr's medical residency was performed at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He has received distinctions including 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 (USF) Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Hepatobiliary Disorders, Pancreatitis, Morbid Obesity, Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 S Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Wilfred Aguila's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. Patients rated Dr. Aguila highly, giving him an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Aguila takes. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Aguila is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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Dr. Shahram Salimitari, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
2 Columbia Drive; J402
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shahram Salimitari is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. His education and training includes medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. His clinical interests include gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Patient reviews placed Dr. Salimitari at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5.

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Clinical interests: Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Weight Loss

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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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