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Comprehensive Bariatric Program

   » About Us
   1. Get the Facts
   2. Get Your Free Evaluation
   3. Get to Know Us
   4. Get Feedback [Message Board]
   5. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Surgery
   6. Get Back on Your Feet
   7. Get Your Life Back!

Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is the weight your body naturally settles into when you consistently eat a nutritious diet, are physically active, and balance the calories you eat with the physical activity you do.

But weight is only one measure of your health. People who are thin, but don't exercise or eat nutritious foods aren't necessarily healthy just because they are thin. A person who is overweight according to body mass index (BMI) charts may be healthy if he or she eats a variety of healthy foods and exercises regularly.

How much you eat is not the only determinant of your weight. Your age, metabolism, genetics, and physical activity level also play an important role in your weight, health, and risk for disease. So it's important that you avoid comparing yourself to others and that you determine the lifestyle changes you need to make to maintain a healthy weight.
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Get Ready, Get Set ... Get Surgery

So, now you know the facts about bariatric surgery. You’ve been evaluated and qualified as a candidate for surgery. In consultation with Sarasota Memorial’s bariatric team, you’ve determined which type of surgery is right for you – and you’ve met the surgeon who will perform the procedure.

Get Ready, Get Set!
You’ve come a long way already! At this stage of the process, it’s time to start preparing for surgery. Unlike many other programs, Sarasota Memorial places great emphasis on pre-operative education, counseling, and support so that each patient is well prepared for this life-changing experience.

Our bariatric surgery patients are ready to have their procedure when they:

  • Complete a nutrition assessment and psychological evaluation to ensure that they can handle significant post-operative changes in behavior that are essential to their health
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the extensive dietary, exercise, and medical guidelines that must be followed for the remainder of their lives after having weight-loss surgery
  • Establish a serious commitment to the long-term follow-up crucial to making a successful recovery

Support from Our Bariatric Team
Our Bariatric team is your team, too. We have specifically designed our program so that someone from our professional team is walking you through each step of the way. Additionally, you have the entire Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as your partner with all the resources you could ever ask for at hand before surgery, during, and long after your recovery.

For years, maybe even a lifetime, you’ve waited to hope again. You’ve waited for a solution that’s right for you – and you’ve waited for someone to help you through the process. And now … your wait is over. 

Getting Your Surgery
Congratulations! You’ve made it to your big day – the day you have your surgery. By now, Sarasota Memorial’s Bariatric team has prepared you well. Your physician has fully explained the risks to you, as well as the benefits. You have completed all of the required pre-education and been evaluated as a good candidate for surgery.

Depending on which Bariatric procedure you have chosen, here is a synopsis of your surgery:

Gastric Bypass Surgery.  For details of this procedure, click here. Your surgery will last approximately two to three hours. Once surgery is completed, the physician performs a test to rule out any leaks before the incisions are closed. Dressings are applied and you are moved to the recovery room. You remain in recovery until you are awake and all vital signs are stable, at which time, you are transferred to your hospital room.

The average hospital stay for laparoscopic surgery patients is typically two to three days. Some patients take longer. Most gastric bypass patients can return to work within three weeks, depending upon the type of work.

Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery.  For details of this procedure, click here. Your surgery will last about one hour. After surgery is completed, dressings are applied and you are moved to recovery. Once you are awake and all vitals are stable, you are moved to your hospital room. Average hospital stay for gastric band patients is one day, although some patients take longer to recover. Most can return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the type of work.


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do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Public Relations Offices by phone or in writing:
1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941-917-9000 or 800-764-8255.
CONSUMER DATA: Sarasota Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission. Click here for information.
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