The Bariatric Institute: Weight Loss Surgery 101

Obesity and its related complications are considered the second leading cause of death for Americans. And more than 24 percent of Floridians are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Obesity and health complications

Obesity can lead to:

· Heart disease

· High blood pressure

· High blood pressure during pregnancy

· Type 2 diabetes

· Cancer

· Gallstones

· Worsening arthritis symptoms

· Increased risk of certain cancers

· Gout

· Infertility

· Sleep apnea

· Poor self-image, depression

· Decreased energy

An adult who has a body max index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese, and a person with a BMI of 35 or above is considered morbidly obese.

Adults who are considered morbidly obese, essentially more than 100 pounds overweight, are often considered good candidates for weight loss surgery.

Welcome to the Bariatric Institute

At St. Petersburg General Hospital’s Bariatric Institute, we offer a long-term weight management solution with FDA-approved LAP-BAND® procedure. The LAP-BAND® technology is done laparoscopically, reducing the time spent in the hospital and lessening the occurrence of side effects associated with the procedure.

Bariatric surgery along with successful lifestyle changes can provide benefits including:

· Improvement in many obesity-related conditions, such as glucose intolerance, diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol

· Improved mobility and stamina

· Enhanced mood, self-esteem, and quality of life

Bariatric Coordinator Julie Beckler, RN, CBN said she knows the insurance process can be discouraging, but it is not impossible.

“The Bariatric Institute is here to assist the patient through the insurance process by offering a multi-disciplinary program,” Beckler added.

To ensure success after the procedure, patients work with a certified weight management dietician to make the necessary dietary changes and the director of physical therapy to come up an exercise program tailored to the different stages of weight loss. We also have support groups for patients, potential patients and family members.

Beckler said only one percent of morbidly obese Americans get weight loss surgery, even though the average life expectancy for patients who are morbidly obese is only 55 years old.

“We’re not here to make them look like models, we’re here to help them get healthy,” she added.

To learn more information about bariatric surgery, log onto our website at or call (727) 341-4869.


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