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Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine

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 providers are uniquely equipped to guide you on your journey, providing information about the following:

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

Expert Care You Can Trust

Lakeland Regional Health's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Medicine is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield and an Aetna Institute of Quality.

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:

Life-Changing Results: Our Patients' Stories

Christi Meadows

"I had Gastric Sleeve surgery in June of 2021, and I've lost a total of 120 pounds in 10 months."

Allen & Kim Barber

"Whenever we say its a life-changing experience... its an understatement. We are so glad that we did take this journey and went down the road to do this together, so we can have so many more years together."

Before and After

View photos of some of our Bariatric patients before and after Bariatric Surgery!

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

dr chebli bariatric surgeon

Joseph Chebli, MD, FACS

dr gray bariatric surgeon

Sanjiv Gray, MD, FACS, DABOM

Program Director

Paige singletary bariatric program director

Paige Singletary, RN

Weight Management Physicians and Advanced Practitioners

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Rony Alvarado, MD

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Lilliam S. Chiques-Colon, MD

Scott kautz physician

Scott Kautz, APRN-BC

dr moon weight management specialist

Anthony Moon, MD

dr delikat family medicine

Terrence Delikat, DO

Patient Stories and Blog Posts from our Bariatric Experts

Facebook Support Group

Dr. Chebli Upcoming Seminar

Dr. Gray Upcoming Seminar