The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers has extensive experience performing surgical procedures over and above bariatrics. Our surgical services include:
- Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
- Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Breast Biopsy and Surgery
- Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Hemorrhoid Treatment
In addition, our professional health care team is here to assist with all of your surgical arrangements, including necessary X-rays, blood tests, preoperative evaluations and instructions, and hospital scheduling. Professional fees for surgical services are based upon the difficulty of the individual procedure and the surgical expertise required. As with weight loss surgery, the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers accepts most major insurance plans. For more information about financial requirements and services related to surgical services, please contact us. Our goal is to assist you in all aspects of the financial planning for your care so that you and your surgeon can focus on improving your health.
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately five million people suffer from hernias within the United States. A hernia is defined as an abnormal protrusion, or bulging out, of part of an organ through the tissues that normally holds the organ in place. Most people suffering from hernias have a similar set of signs and symptoms. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers offers comprehensive care and laparoscopic surgery to repair hernias.
Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
The American Gastroenterological Association defines the gallbladder as a sack, approximately the size and shape of a pear, which lies on the undersurface of the liver in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity. It is connected to the liver and the intestine by a series of small tubes, or ducts. The primary job of the gallbladder is to store bile, which is produced and secreted continuously by the liver, until the bile is needed to aid in digestion. After a meal, the gallbladder contracts and bile flows into the intestine. When digestion of the meal is finished, the gallbladder relaxes and once again begins to store bile. When bile in the gallbladder becomes concentrated and thickens, it creates gallstones out of the cholesterol and bile salts. When the gallstones block the flow of bile from the gallbladder, a gallbladder attack occurs, causing significant discomfort and pain. Mild, yet recurrent, cases of gallbladder disease can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications. Lower fat meals and a warm stomach compress can temporarily provide relief. For more serious cases, gallbladder disease must be treated by a physician, and usually requires laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers has extensive experience performing cholecystectomies.
Treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may suffer from acid reflux disease, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Normally, after swallowing, a valve between your esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass then closes to prevent any stomach contents from returning to the esophagus. With GERD, the esophagus cannot close properly, resulting in stomach contents and fluids to return to your esophagus. To confirm if you suffer from GERD, your doctor may perform a thorough physical exam and request diagnostic tests. GERD can sometimes be controlled with simple lifestyle changes and medication. If symptoms persist, surgery may offer more lasting relief from GERD. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers offer laparoscopic fundoplication to treat GERD. This surgical procedure is performed using a laparoscopic telescope to enable the surgeon to see clearly into your abdomen. During surgery, the surgeon re-creates the one-way valve where the esophagus meets the stomach.
Breast Biopsy and Surgery
Every year, thousands of women discover lumps in their breasts. These lumps can have a wide variety of causes, including breast inflammations, infections, injuries, cancer and non-cancerous growths. Breast lumps in women are diagnosed via physical exam, mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy. According to the American Cancer Society, most breast masses are benign; that is, they are not cancerous, do not grow uncontrollably or spread, and are not life-threatening. Treatment options vary depending on the cause.
- Breast biopsy: a breast biopsy is typically requested when a breast lump shows any abnormalities. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers can perform minimally-invasive breast biopsies, in which they remove and examine lump tissue to determine if it is benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
- Lumpectomy: should a breast lump prove cancerous, a specialist may recommend a lumpectomy. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers can perform a lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgical procedure that removes the cancerous cells from the affected breast. Additional treatments, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, may be recommended following a lumpectomy.
- Mastectomy: for breast cancer that is at a more advanced stage, a specialist may recommend a mastectomy. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers can perform a mastectomy, a surgical procedure that removes the entire breast. Additional treatments, such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, may be recommended following a mastectomy. Additionally, some patients opt to have reconstruction surgery to re-form the shape of a removed breast.
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
The colon represents the large intestine and rectum, the lower part of your digestive tract. Diseases of the colon and rectum that might require surgical intervention include diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s colitis, colonic polyps and tumors (benign and malignant). Should you require laparoscopic treatment for your colon problem, look to the surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers. We provide laparoscopic colon surgical services for a wide range of colon issues.
Minimally Invasive Hemorrhoid Treatment
Hemorrhoids are clusters of veins that lie under the skin of the anus and extend from inside the anus (internal hemorrhoids) to outside the anus (external hemorrhoids). Hemorrhoids can become enlarged and cause discomfort for a wide range of issues, including pregnancy, prolonged sitting on the toilet, straining, long-term constipation, long-term diarrhea, colorectal cancer and liver disease. The surgical team at the Florida Surgical Weight Loss Centers offers in-office outpatient treatments and minimally invasive surgical services to treat hemorrhoids.