Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine

If you feel your body is resisting your weight-loss efforts beyond your best attempts, let us help- clinically.

Personalized Planning

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 for 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 includes learning healthy choices or having weight loss surgery.

A Comprehensive Program

Tailored to your medical assessment, our doctors are uniquely equipped to care for you through some or all of the following ways:

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Obesity goes deeper than excess weight. It is recognized as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors. Weight gain is affected by and contributes to a number of medical conditions that our institute seeks to treat.

Weight Gain Contributes To:

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

Am I a Candidate?

Bariatric Surgery

You may consider bariatric surgery if you meet the following criteria:

Metabolic Medicine

Metabolic Medicine, also known as weight loss medicine, offers successful weight management through assessment, diet, physical activity, behavior modification and/or medication. Patients with a BMI that is 27 or greater and who have any metabolic disease corrected may be eligible. Those with serious medical conditions may not be the ideal candidates for this type of treatment.

Metabolic medicine includes:

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Pam Bryan poses for a photo with Bariatric Surgery Joseph Chebli, MD, prior to her weight loss surgery.

"I need to take care of me."

“My clothes fit so much better. I can see my collar bone again. I feel more energized already. I get up earlier to start my day. My husband and daughter can see the difference in my body size already and are a great source of encouragement.”

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.

5 Types of Bariatric Surgery

  • Gastric Bypass – a thumb-sized pouch is created from the stomach and is attached directly to the small intestine
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy – surgically removes a large portion of the stomach to make it significantly smaller
  • Adjustable Gastric Band – restricts the size of the stomach using a band
  • Endoscopic Balloon – the placement of a silicone balloon in the stomach to take up space and help you feel full faster
  • Revisional Bariatric – Surgical revision for any prior weight loss surgeries

Meet the Team

Bariatric Surgeons

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Joseph Chebli, MD, FACS

dr gray bariatric surgeon

Sanjiv Gray, MD, FACS, DABOM

doctor soto bariatric surgeon

Flavia Soto, MD, FACS, FASMB, ABOM Diplomate

Program Director

Paige singletary bariatric program director

Paige Singletary, RN

Weight Management Physicians and Advanced Practitioners

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Rony Alvarado, MD

dr chiques-colon obesity medicine

Lilliam S. Chiques-Colon, MD

Scott kautz physician

Scott Kautz, APRN-BC

dr delikat family medicine

Terrence Delikat, DO

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