Obesity affects many Americans and causes serious health issues and diseases. Bariatrics is the field of medicine that focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. Beyond just weight loss surgery, bariatrics includes dieting, exercise, weight loss behavioral therapy and drug therapy.

To determine whether you may be a candidate, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you at least 90 pounds overweight?
  • Are you fighting hypertension, cardiovascular disease or diabetes?
  • Have you tried every diet, without successful lasting results?
  • Have you battled obesity most of your life?
  • Are you ready to look and feel better?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Take the first step by attending a free, in-person information session or register for a free online information session:

Program Coordinator

Bartow Regional Medical Center has a dedicated bariatric program coordinator to help you create a personal plan of care and navigate through your weight management journey. She will:

  • Act as patient liaison from pre-surgery to post-surgery, and remains a contact person for all questions clinical and program-related
  • Coordinate appointments and explains how to meet insurance requirements
  • Provide personal support on the weight loss journey from a bariatric surgery patient’s perspective

Nonsurgical Treatment

Bartow Regional Medical Center offers the following bariatric nonsurgical treatments, education and support programs:

Nutrition & Weight Management Counseling

Lifestyle and nutrition are key factors in the treatment of many health conditions and diseases including hypertension, high cholesterol and even cancer. Through better nutrition and lifestyle modification, you can lower your risk of complications. The bariatric program at Bartow Regional Medical Center offers a comprehensive weight management program that include nutrition visits, weight checks, customized exercise plans and coaching sessions. Our registered dietitian can help you manage conditions through good nutrition choices and develop a meal plan that is appropriate for your needs.

Pre-operation Sleep Studies

Prior to weight loss surgery, patients may undergo a sleep study to find out if there are existing sleep disorders. Some sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, may be alleviated by weight loss surgery. The Sleep Disorders Center is conveniently located on the Bartow Regional Medical Center campus.

Behavioral Health Services

In addition to weight loss consultation, nutritional counseling, fitness classes, nutrition programs and pre-operation sleep studies for weight loss surgery patients, BayCare also offers emotional and psychological assistance, if desired by the patient or required by insurance.

Surgical Treatments

Bartow Regional Medical Center offers the following bariatric surgical treatments:

At Bartow Regional Medical Center, our bariatric surgeon uses the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical device to ensure a precise, minimally-invasive surgery. Benefits of robotic-assisted weight loss surgery include:  

  • A more precise surgery
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions

Prior to surgery, your insurance company will request authorization from your primary care physician, as well as completion of the above non-surgical treatments and education.

For more information about Bartow Regional Medical Center’s bariatric program, call (855) 314-8350.

Learn more about bariatrics/weight management services at BayCare.