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Richard Dicicco, MD
Specializes in General Practice, General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
508 S. Habana; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Richard Dicicco is a general practitioner, general surgeon, and bariatric surgeon. His areas of expertise include revision arthroplasty (joint revision), gastric bypass surgery, and nephrectomy (kidney removal). Dr. Dicicco honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

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

Specializes in Bariatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
5 Tampa General Circle; Suite 410
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. John Gonzalvo practices bariatric surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Gonzalvo attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gonzalvo takes. He is professionally affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. Dr. Gonzalvo welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Michel Murr is a physician who specializes in bariatric surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Murr include diabetes, minimally invasive surgery, and hepatobiliary disorders. He is affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) Health. He obtained his medical school training at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. 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. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Murr include: 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 practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Wilfred Aguila MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
508 S Habana Avenue; Suite 160
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Wilfred Aguila is a medical specialist in general surgery and bariatric surgery. He is affiliated with Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Dr. Aguila takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). He speaks Spanish.

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Shahram Salimitari M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
average rating 4.2 stars (5 ratings)
2 Columbia Drive; J402
Tampa, FL
 

Dr. Shahram Salimitari's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He practices in Tampa, FL. Patient ratings for Dr. Salimitari average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in gastric bypass surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Before performing his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Dr. Salimitari attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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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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