Bariatric Surgery in Miami, FL

Bariatric surgery is the most effective long-term treatment for obesity. 

Bariatric surgery, commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, is a subspecialty of general surgery that manages obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure/hypertension, acid reflux and sleep apnea, amongst other conditions.

Bariatric surgery has been revolutionized over the last few decades. Advancements in minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery, have provided a safe weight loss solution.

Bariatric Surgery in Miami, Florida

What are the different types of bariatric weight loss surgery?

When you schedule a consultation for weight loss surgery in Miami with Dr. Renfrow, you will explore if weight loss surgery is right for you. The decision will be based on your medical history, your current body mass index, and your goals. Then, you and Dr. Renfrow can decide the best procedure for you.

The gastric sleeve procedure known as the sleeve gastrectomy, is the most popular weight loss surgery in the United States. The stomach is reduced to 20% of its original size and the remaining portion is removed. The procedure is completed in about 60 minutes.

The gastric bypass procedure combines both the shrinking of the stomach as well as redirecting a portion of the small intestine tract.

The gastric band procedure, known as the Lap-Band, was very popular at one point, but due to higher, long-term complication rates, it is no longer a popular procedure. A small number of patients may still benefit from the Lap-Band procedure. The procedure involves placing an inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach. There is no rerouting or alteration of the small intestine tract.

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Diplomate of American Board of Surgery - Dr. Michael Renfrow

Michael Renfrow, MD, FACS

General & Bariatric Surgery
Miami, Florida

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How is a gastric sleeve performed?

A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, is a minimally invasive weight loss procedure using very tiny incisions and a camera, in which the size of the stomach is reduced. This allows one to feel full and satisfied after eating smaller meal portions. The result is rapid weight loss and a long-term change in the way you eat meals.
During the procedure, the greater portion of the stomach (about 80 percent) is removed, resulting in a smaller, tubular stomach. The new stomach tube will not stretch as much, and can only hold up to five oz of food at any given time. This helps a patient feel satisfied after eating just a small amount of food.
In addition, there is a hormonal and physiologic weight loss effect. The greater part of the stomach that is surgically removed, produces a hormone called ghrelin. Known as the “hunger hormone”, it is responsible for creating the sensation of hunger. Without this hormone, one’s appetite normally decreases significantly.
Uncontrollable hunger cravings will disappear.
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What does the gastric sleeve cost?

The cash pay cost of a gastric sleeve is $11,800.
There are no hidden fees. It includes the hospital fee, surgical fee, anesthesia fee, pathology reports, and nutrition plan. Financing options are conveniently available.
Regain control of your health now. If you have struggled with weight loss and have considered bariatric surgery in Miami, we can help you achieve your goals. If you have any questions, feel free to call us anytime to schedule a consultation with the best bariatric surgeon in Florida.

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FAQ about Bariatric Surgery in Miami

What are the different types of bariatric procedures offered in Miami?

Dr. Renfrow’s Miami bariatric surgery clinic does gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. These procedures are well-researched and proven to produce long-term weight loss (50%+ of excess weight) in the vast majority of cases.

Will my insurance cover the cost of bariatric surgery in Miami?

Most insurance policies will cover the cost of bariatric surgery in cases where it’s necessary to improve health outcomes. Not sure? Contact your insurance provider.

How long is the recovery period after bariatric surgery in Miami?

It depends on what is meant by “recovery”. Full recovery includes waiting for the incisions to heal and waiting for the digestive system to function properly post-op. Most patients can return to work after 1-2 weeks of recovery at home. However, it can take up to 6 weeks to start reintroducing certain foods back into the diet.

How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is only recommended for folks who meet certain requirements. Suitable candidates for bariatric surgery include:

  • Those with a BMI over 40
  • Those with a BMI over 35 who also have obesity-related health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Those who meet one of the above requirements, have tried diet and exercise alone w/o success