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Bariatrics/Weight Management

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.

Morton Plant 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 session.

Nutritional 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.

Fitness Classes and Services

BayCare Health System offers three state-of-the-art wellness centers within Pinellas County that go beyond aerobics and weight lifting to encompass total wellness – body, mind and spirit. As a post-bariatric surgery member of one of our community BayCare Wellness Centers, you are eligible for a discounted membership.

Behavioral Health Services

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

Support Groups

Support groups can increase the chances of short and long-term success following bariatric surgery. At Mease Countryside Hospital, you will find assistance throughout your journey to ensure your continued success. Regardless of whether you are just considering weight-loss surgery or have already had surgery, you are welcome to attend one of the following two support group sessions, which include 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 Dunedin bariatric support group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm in Meeting Room 2.
  • The Morton Plant North Bay Hospital bariatric support group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6pm in the Bekesh Education and Conference Center.

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

To learn more about bariatric surgery at Mease Dunedin Hospital, please call (727) 734-6879.