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About HCA Florida Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

At HCA Florida Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, we are proud to offer weight loss surgery to those in our community seeking a different path to greater health and wellbeing.

Bariatric and metabolic specialists

Our practice offers a very experienced team with over 6,000 bariatric surgeries completed. We also have a comprehensive weight loss surgery program to help you manage obesity and take back control of your health and your life.

Types of weight loss surgery we offer

We perform all of the standard bariatric surgical procedures, offering minimally invasively options using the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology.

Our weight loss surgeons perform:

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Also known simply as gastric bypass, this surgery involves two elements. The first step is creating a small stomach pouch by separating the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. This new stomach pouch has a capacity that is about the size of an egg. In the second step, the new stomach pouch is connected directly to the small intestine so that food bypasses the majority of the stomach and the beginning section of the small intestine. This surgery impacts how much food can be consumed, how food is metabolized and how food is absorbed.

Sleeve gastrectomy

This surgery involves the removal of the lateral portion of the stomach resulting in a tubular or “banana-shaped” stomach. This new stomach shape has approximately 20 percent of the volume capacity of the original stomach. Nothing is done to the small intestines, and food passes through the stomach and intestines as it did before the procedure. However, even though the passage of the food is not affected, the sleeve gastrectomy affects not only how much food can be consumed, but how food is metabolized.

Duodenal switch

Similar to the gastric bypass, the duodenal switch procedure involves two components. First, the surgeon creates a tubular stomach by removing its lateral portion. Next, they perform an intestinal bypass so that the food only travels through a portion (typically less than 40 percent) of the small intestine. Additionally, the bile and pancreatic enzymes are also diverted so that they do not mix with the food until the last portion of the small intestine. Bile and pancreatic enzymes are needed to break down fat and protein so that they can be absorbed. This impacts how much food can be consumed, how the food is metabolized and how the food is absorbed.

Because of this procedure bypasses a greater amount of small bowel and because the bile and pancreatic enzymes do not mix with the food stream until much further down, the duodenal switch procedure results in significant malabsorption of calories as well as nutrients. This tends to result in greater weight loss and greater impact on metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Additional effects of bariatric surgery

Each of these bariatric surgeries affects your gut hormones, such as ghrelin, as well as the signals the digestive system sends to the brain. All procedures can help with weight loss and the maintenance of weight loss in other ways by decreasing your hunger and cravings and increasing the calories your body burns.

Our doctors can help determine whether or not bariatric surgery is right for you and which procedure is best for your overall health. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment.

Bariatric surgery in Southeast Orlando

At HCA Florida Lake Nona Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, our experienced surgeons perform weight loss surgeries for eligible patients in the Lake Nona area and beyond.

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