Bariatrics/Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery in Safety Harbor, Florida
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity. Dieting, exercise, weight loss behavioral therapy, drug therapy and weight loss surgery are all components of the bariatric field. Obesity is a rising medical issue that affects many Americans and causes serious health issues and diseases.
Mease Countryside Hospital offers the following bariatric non-surgical treatments, education and support programs:Bariatric/Weight Loss Consultation
Patients can meet with a physician from a BayCare facility to determine if they are a candidate for weight loss surgery. If the patient is seen as a candidate for weight loss surgery, they will then meet with the bariatric coordinator in a one-on-one session to schedule and coordinate all of the weight loss surgery appointments ordered by the physician. Prior to meeting with a physician, patients will need to attend either an in-person weight loss information session or take the online information sessionNutritional Counseling
Requirements for clinically supervised weight loss, or pre/post-op nutritional education are satisfied through the Nutrition Centers, with physician oversight by referring surgeon. Patients are counseled in pre and postoperative weight loss surgery nutrition requirements and healthy eating recommendations by registered dietitians who are experienced in adult weight management, as well as Gastric Banding Total Care Specialists, where applicable.
Dietary education is provided by a nutritionist prior to bariatric surgery in order to provide optimal post-surgery outcomes.
Pre-Operation Sleep Studies
Prior to bariatric surgery, patients may be screened to determine if there are existing sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that may be alleviated by weight loss surgery.
Nutrition Programs (post-surgery)
Nutrition programs are offered to help patients achieve and maintain their weight goals after weight loss surgery.
Support Groups Support groups can increase the chance of short and long-term success following bariatric surgery. The Mease Hospitals will provide you with assistance throughout your journey to ensure your continued success. Our weight loss surgery patients are welcome to attend our virtual support group sessions, which address not only nutritional and physical health, but also emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Spouses and significant others are also encouraged to attend.
- The Mease Countryside Hospital Virtual Bariatric Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 5pm. Register now
For more information on joining our support group meetings, call (727) 734-6879.
Mease Dunedin Hospital offers the following bariatric surgical treatments:
- Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
- LAP-BAND Surgery (adjustable gastric banding)
- Revisional Bariatric Surgery
- Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Learn more about bariatrics and weight management services at BayCare.
For more information or a physician referral, please call (855) 314-8350.