Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine

   Phone: 863.284.1500 and Fax: 863.284.1501

   Location: Grasslands Campus and locations throughout Polk County

Struggling with weight loss can be a daily battle. If the effort to lose weight or control your diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea is beyond what you can manage, Lakeland Regional Health’s highly skilled Institute of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine team is here for you.

From your first visit, we’ll provide the complete care you need, ranging from lifestyle modifications to surgical options.

No two people are alike, so your weight-loss journey begins with our care team listening to your story. Together, we’ll develop a personalized care plan — one that could include learning healthy choices or having weight loss surgery.

In the video below, Joseph Chebli, MD, Medical Director, Lakeland Regional Health’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, shares his thoughts on “Considering Bariatric Surgery.”

What Is Obesity?

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 500 million adults in the world are affected by obesity and 1 billion are considered to be overweight, along with 48 million children.

Obesity is recognized as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors. It is measured by both ideal body weight and body mass index (BMI).

Weight gain contributes to a number of medical conditions, including:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • osteoarthritis
  • depression

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Gastric bypass and other weight loss surgeries — known in the medical world as bariatric surgery — involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight.

Weight loss surgery is a safe and effective option when diet, exercise and medications have not successfully helped you to lose the weight that is causing you serious health problems.

Some procedures limit how much you can eat. Other procedures work by reducing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Some procedures do both.

Most bariatric surgeries are performed laparascopically, meaning they are less invasive to your body.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

  • Gastric Bypass
  • Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Endoscopic Balloon
  • Revisional Bariatric

In the video below, Joseph Chebli, MD, Medical Director, Lakeland Regional Health’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, explains the various types of weight loss surgeries performed at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

You may want to consider weight loss surgery if:

  • You have a BMI of 35  or more and associated medical problems associated with or caused by obesity.
  • Significant previous efforts at weight loss have been made unsuccessfully.
  • You have no uncorrected metabolic disease that may be causing obesity or other serious medical conditions that would make surgery a high risk.
  • Your behavioral health is stable.
  • Substance abuse has not been a concern in the last 12 months  — unless you have recently completed a treatment program.
  • You are not a tobacco smoker or are willing to stop smoking prior to your surgery.
  • You possess sufficient motivation to make lifelong changes in eating habits and activity required for post-bariatric surgery success.
  • You are willing to make a formal commitment to the bariatric surgical procedure of your choosing and to yourself, as well as to the recovery process.

Calculate Your BMI

Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Medicine?

Metabolic Medicine, also known as weight loss medicine, offers successful weight management through assessment, diet, physical activity, behavior modification and/or medication. Weight loss medicine, often referred to as “diet pills,” should only be taken under the supervision of a skilled provider.

Metabolic medicine includes:

  • Medical assessment to determine if you have any disorder of nutrition or metabolism
  • Testing, treatment and management of diabetes
  • Mental health assessment
  • Enzyme replacement therapies for metabolic diseases
  • Drug treatments for cholesterol disorders
  • Referrals for bariatric surgery, as needed

Bariatric Surgery Support Group and Webinars

The sharing, learning and support that comes from a Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group is powerful.

All current and prospective Bariatric Surgery patients are invited to attend.

Held via Zoom.

Click here to view upcoming dates and register>
Wondering if you have what it takes to go through weight-loss surgery?

Learn about the preparation, surgical procedures and year-long recovery involved with weight-loss surgery from Dr. Joseph Chebli, Bariatric Surgeon and Medical Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for Lakeland Regional Health.

Held via Zoom.

Click here to view upcoming dates>
Dr. Gray's webinars have been postponed until further notice.

One Patient’s Story

‘I Need to Take Care of Me’

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