BARIATRIC SURGERY

Nation's Leading Program for Bariatric Excellence

Proven Success.

Our track record of delivering the best results in bariatric surgery speaks for itself, demonstrating our commitment to your transformation.

Unrivaled Experience.

With over 4,500 surgeries performed, our bariatric surgery team is among the most experienced, ensuring your care is in expert hands.

 Accelerated Recovery.

Our techniques are designed to promote quicker recovery times, getting you back to your life sooner. 

Effortless Communication.

We prioritize open and easy communication with our patients, ensuring your questions and concerns are addressed promptly and comprehensively. 
Text us: 407-543-0971! 

AM I A CANDIDATE?

We get it; you’re questioning whether you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Maybe you’re just in the discovery phase, or perhaps you’re ready to have surgery like yesterday. We understand the uncertainty and the fear. This is a life-altering decision, and we recognize its profound significance.  

We see you. We understand the journey you’ve been on. You’ve tried to lose weight for years, experimenting with countless diets and exercise routines. You’ve even tackled the ‘eat less and move more’ mantra, and for a while, it worked until it didn’t. You know the literal ups and downs of weight loss all too well. You’ll lose weight, and it seems to come back overnight, and then some. 

With our free 60-second assessment, you will receive personalized results. If you have struggled to maintain a healthy weight, suffer from health issues, and/or have an elevated Body Mass Index (BMI), weight loss surgery may be right for you! We will work together to find the best treatment to help you to achieve your long-term goals. Whether you are still researching, evaluating treatments, choosing a program, or ready to book your first consultation, we look forward to supporting you on your bariatric surgery journey! 

PROCEDURES

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) reduces your stomach size significantly, transforming it from the size of a football to that of a garden hose. The new stomach comprises only 15-20% of its previous size, and approximately 80% of the stomach is removed through a small incision (~1.2 cm), usually to the right of the belly button.

The Sleeve typically takes about 20-30 minutes to perform and is often a same-day discharge (outpatient) procedure for suitable patients. Most individuals can return to work within a week. 

  • Impressive Weight Loss: Expect approximately 60-70% excess weight loss, which translates to shedding a significant portion of your extra pounds. You can anticipate losing about 60-70% of your excess weight within 12-18 months after the surgery.
  • Metabolism Enhancement: The Sleeve Gastrectomy can give your metabolism a significant boost.
  • Hunger Hormone Adjustment: It influences hunger hormones, like ghrelin, helping you better control your appetite. 
  • The Sleeve can effectively improve or even resolve a variety of obesity-related conditions, such as:
    • Diabetes & Insulin resistance
    • PCOS
    • Infertility
    • Heart disease
    • Sleep apnea 

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

The Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (LRYGB) reduces your stomach from the size of a football to that of a thumb, creating a new pouch that’s only about 5% of its former size. The remaining 95% of the stomach is still there, but it’s bypassed from directly interacting with food.

The bypassed stomach continues to produce digestive juices and enzymes, which mix with food at the “Y”-shaped connection further down the digestive tract.

Gastric Bypass typically takes about an hour to perform and is often an outpatient (same-day discharge) procedure for well-suited patients. Most individuals can return to work within a week. 

  •  Remarkable Weight Loss: Expect around 80% excess body weight loss, which means shedding a significant portion of extra pounds. 
  • Metabolism Boost: Gastric Bypass can kickstart your metabolism.
  • Hunger Hormone Alteration: It influences hunger hormones, helping you better manage your appetite. 
  • Gastric Bypass can effectively improve or even resolve a multitude of obesity-related conditions, such as: 
    • Acid reflux
    • Diabetes & Insulin resistance
    • PCOS
    • Infertility
    • Heart disease
    • Sleep apnea

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Sometimes, life takes unexpected turns, and your initial bariatric surgery may not be providing the outcomes you had hoped for. You could be experiencing weight regain or facing new challenges, like acid reflux. Dr. Dovec, our experienced specialist, is at the forefront of revisional bariatric surgery with the largest outpatient experience nationwide and upcoming groundbreaking research. We’re here to guide you through potential scenarios that may necessitate a reintervention, even if the surgical anatomy sounds complex. 

  • After a Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), some patients may face new or worsening acid reflux, even with medication and lifestyle adjustments. By rerouting the digestive process, revision to Gastric Bypass can significantly alleviate acid reflux issues and enhance overall well-being.
  • Additionally, this procedure is an option for individuals seeking further weight loss or dealing with weight regain after the Sleeve. When it comes to Laparoscopic Sleeve to Gastric Bypass Revision, BodyByBariatrics stands out as a leader in achieving the BEST weight loss results in the country. Dr. Dovec’s innovative and minimally invasive technique begins by re-sleeving the gastric pouch before converting it into a Gastric Bypass. This approach has resulted in weight loss outcomes that are statistically and significantly superior. 
  • Patients with an adjustable gastric band may experience various discomforts, from acid reflux to food-related complications. For those with significant band-related issues, a removal and revision to Gastric Bypass is often recommended for optimal results. This choice can alleviate complications and facilitate a smoother path to a healthier you.
  • VBG, a procedure performed in the 1980s and 1990s, might lead to complications, including acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, and discomfort. Revision to Gastric Bypass is a recommended solution to address these issues, providing relief and the opportunity for further weight loss. 
  • If you’ve undergone Nissen Fundoplication and experience issues such as wrap slippage or hiatal hernia recurrence, revision to Gastric Bypass can be a beneficial choice. This procedure aims to address complications related to the wrap, making your journey toward better health smoother. 
  • Unfortunately, we recognize that, for individuals who have previously undergone a Gastric Bypass, there are limited surgical interventions available for addressing specific concerns, including weight regain. 
  • BodyByBariatrics offers an alternative pathway to success. For those who have undergone a Gastric Bypass and are grappling with weight regain, we provide a comprehensive medical weight loss program. This program is designed to address the unique needs of Gastric Bypass patients, helping you achieve your weight loss goals and regain control of your health. 

"MY GOAL AS A BARIATRIC SURGEON IS TO MAKE THE PROCESS AS EFFICIENT AND EASY AS POSSIBLE TO BEST SERVE MY PATIENTS."

Dr. Betsy Dovec
Bariatric Surgeon & CEO

HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1: Choose to Change Your Life

  • Click “GET STARTED NOW” to begin your weight loss journey. 
  • Request an appointment and/or free insurance check. 
  • The BodyByBariatrics team will promptly reach out via text or email to begin your transformation!

STEP 2: Meet Your Bariatric Surgeon

  • Schedule Your Virtual Consultation to learn more about Bariatric Surgery.
  • Attend Our BodyByBariatric’s 2-Part Virtual Consultation:
    • Part 1: Engage in an Informative Group Zoom Session led by our Board-Certified Bariatric Surgeons. 
    • Part 2: Connect One-on-One with Dr. Betsy Dovec or Dr. Diana Lane via the Healow Patient Portal App to receive your personalized next steps.
Bariatric surgeons Dr. Dovec and Dr. Lane stand together in black dresses.

STEP 3: Complete Pre-Surgery Checklist

  • Complete your personalized checklist to ensure the safety and success of your bariatric surgery.
  • This checklist is tailored to your specific clinical needs.
    • Every patient is required to complete the NewTri Health program as part of their pre-operative education.
  • It will also fulfill the requirements of your insurance policy if you’re using insurance for surgery.
  • After your virtual initial consultation with Dr. Dovec or Dr. Lane, you’ll receive this individualized list via text and email.
  • Completing the checklist promptly will expedite your path to better health.

STEP 4: Schedule Your Bariatric Surgery!

  • After checklist completion, you’ll have your 2-part virtual final consultation with Dr. Dovec or Dr. Lane:
    • Part 1: Group Zoom Session
    • Part 2: One-on-one Appointment via the Healow patient portal app
  • During the final consultation, the surgeon will review all surgical details, ensuring informed consent, medications, and medical history. The highlight is receiving your surgery date.
  • Following the final consultation, all patients must obtain medical clearance within 30 days of surgery, including labs, EKG, and a physical examination.
  • If you’re using insurance, we will submit all necessary documentation to your insurance company to obtain prior authorization approval.
    • Determination from the insurance company can take up to 15 days
  • Our financial team will then contact you to discuss your out-of-pocket expenses and available payment options.

MEDICAL DESTINATION

At BodyByBariatrics, we extend a warm welcome to patients from across the country and around the world who are embarking on their journey to transformative bariatric surgery. We’re thrilled to have you join us in beautiful Orlando, Florida, where we combine world-class medical care with the magic of the Sunshine State. 

To ensure a smooth and successful surgical experience, patients should arrive in the Orlando area at least one day before their scheduled surgery. We recommend planning to stay in the area for the night of the surgery and the following night to allow for proper recovery. You can safely travel home two days after your surgery. 

Additionally, we strongly advise patients to bring a responsible adult companion with them to provide support during the initial stages of recovery. Alternatively, arrangements can be made for a medical service to have a skilled professional assist you on your first night post-surgery. 

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Millenia Surgery Center - Orlando, FL

For a smooth and convenient journey to your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, we recommend using Orlando International Airport (MCO) as your arrival point. MCO’s central location, excellent amenities, and accessibility make it the ideal choice for patients traveling to Orlando. Our team is ready to provide you with world-class care, and starting your journey at MCO ensures a seamless transition to your accommodations and medical appointments. We look forward to welcoming you at this well-connected gateway to the heart of Orlando, Florida.

When arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, you’ll find a variety of transportation options to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the convenient choices available:

  1. Private Car Services: Consider booking a private car service in advance to provide you with personalized and hassle-free transportation from the airport to your accommodation and medical appointments. These services offer comfort, reliability, and often include meet-and-greet options.

  1. Uber and Lyft: The popular ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are readily available at MCO. You can quickly request a ride through their mobile apps, ensuring a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your destination.

  2. Orlando Taxi Services: Traditional taxi services are also accessible at the airport. Licensed taxis can take you to your desired location, providing a straightforward and reliable transportation option.

    •  Mears Taxi
      • Phone: 407-422-2222
    •  Orlando Taxi Service
      • Phone: 407-445-2849
    •  Quick Cab Orlando
      • Phone: 321-732-8266
  3. Shuttle Services: Airport shuttle services may be offered by some hotels, providing a convenient way to reach your accommodation directly from MCO. Check with your hotel to see if this service is available.

  4. Car Rentals: If you plan to explore Orlando independently during your stay, rental car agencies are located at the airport. You can rent a car and have the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

These transportation options are designed to cater to your specific needs, whether you prefer a private and comfortable ride, the affordability of ride-sharing services, or the convenience of traditional taxis. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, Orlando International Airport’s accessibility and well-connected transport services will ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival for your medical journey with BodyByBariatrics.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld (0.9 miles away):
    • Address: 6850 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL 32821
    • Phone: 407-903-1095
    • Website: Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
    • Description: Enjoy a comfortable and convenient stay at Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld. This hotel is ideally located and offers easy access to both Millenia Surgery Center and Orlando’s major attractions.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld (1.3 miles away):
    • Address: 10801 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
    • Contact: 407-354-1176
    • Website: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld
    • Description: Experience a relaxing stay at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld. This modern hotel offers spacious suites and top-notch amenities for your comfort.
  • Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando (3.8 miles away):
    • Address: 9000 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
    • Contact: 407-996-8585
    • Website: Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
    • Description: Located near the famous Pointe Orlando entertainment complex, Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando provides a blend of comfort and convenience during your stay in Orlando.

These recommended hotels offer excellent options for your accommodation, while you’re here for surgery at Millenia Surgery Center. Contact them directly or visit their websites for more information and reservations to make your stay enjoyable and worry-free.

While hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options near Millenia Surgery Center, you may also consider alternative accommodations such as Airbnb, vacation rentals, or other non-hotel options to suit your preferences. These options often provide a home-like atmosphere and can be ideal for those seeking longer stays or larger spaces.

If you choose to explore non-hotel accommodations, websites like Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) and Vrbo (www.vrbo.com) can help you find a variety of rentals that may better align with your specific needs. These platforms allow you to browse, select, and book properties that match your preferences in terms of location, space, and amenities.

Opting for alternative accommodations can offer you a more personalized and flexible experience during your stay in Orlando. Whether you prefer the convenience of a hotel or the coziness of a home rental, the choice is yours, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free visit to the city.

It is a requirement for you to have someone with you on the day of your surgery to ensure your safety and well-being. If you do not have a responsible adult available, a nursing service can provide the necessary care and support during your recovery. Your health, safety, and comfort are of utmost importance to us.

These professional medical assistance services can provide the support and care you need during your post-surgery recovery, even if you don’t have a responsible adult traveling with you. Please contact them directly for inquiries about their pricing structure and to discuss your specific care requirements. Your health and well-being are their top priorities, and they are here to assist you in accessing the support necessary for a successful and comfortable recovery.

  1. Bahama Breeze Island Grille (1.5 miles away): Savor the flavors of the Caribbean with a diverse menu of tropical-inspired dishes and drinks.

  2. Bonefish Grill (1.8 miles away): Enjoy fresh seafood, innovative dishes, and a welcoming atmosphere at this popular restaurant.

  3. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (3.2 miles away): An excellent choice for wine enthusiasts, offering a unique dining experience with an extensive wine list.

  1. SeaWorld Orlando (1.7 miles away): Explore the marine life wonders at this iconic theme park, home to incredible aquatic shows and thrilling rides.

  2. Aquatica Orlando (1.5 miles away): Dive into aquatic adventures at this water park, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, and up-close animal encounters.

  3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios (5 miles away): Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney at this popular theme park, featuring thrilling rides, live entertainment, and beloved characters.

  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (6 miles away): Experience the wonders of the natural world and encounter exotic animals on safari adventures.

  5. Epcot (5 miles away): Explore diverse cultures and innovations, enjoy international cuisine, and witness spectacular fireworks displays.

  6. Magic Kingdom (9 miles away): Delight in classic Disney magic, fairy tales, and iconic attractions at this enchanting theme park.

  7. Universal Studios Florida (4 miles away): Enjoy the excitement of Universal’s famous movie-themed attractions, shows, and experiences.

  8. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (4 miles away): Embark on thrilling adventures in this action-packed Universal park, home to exciting rides and attractions.

  9. Gatorland (4.2 miles away): Discover the “Alligator Capital of the World,” where you can observe and interact with thousands of alligators and crocodiles.

  10. Disney Springs (7 miles away): Experience shopping, dining, and entertainment in a charming waterfront district, featuring a wide array of boutiques, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Your stay in Orlando is not only about your journey to better health but also an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant offerings, from world-famous theme parks to unique wildlife encounters. We hope you have a wonderful experience in this magical city as you take your transformative step with BodyByBariatrics.

For your convenience, prescription medications and essential over-the-counter supplies will be available at the Walgreens located at 5501 S. Kirkman Road, just a short distance from Millenia Surgery Center. This trusted pharmacy is your go-to destination for picking up your prescribed medications after surgery, ensuring you have everything you need to support your recovery.

In addition to your prescribed medications, you can also find over-the-counter essentials like Tylenol XS and Gas-X at this location. With a well-stocked and easily accessible Walgreens nearby, you can confidently manage your post-surgery care, making your health and comfort our top priority.

At BodyByBariatrics, we’re committed to ensuring your journey to better health is as smooth and stress-free as possible. We’re here to provide you with all the information and support you need for a successful recovery in Orlando.

  1. The Mall at Millenia: This upscale shopping mall is just around the corner from the surgery center and offers a wide range of high-end retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Apple, and many others.

  2. Target: Located on Millenia Plaza Way, Target is a convenient option for various shopping needs, including groceries, clothing, electronics, and household items.

  3. Walmart Supercenter: Just a short drive away on S Kirkman Road, Walmart is a one-stop shop for groceries, clothing, electronics, and more.

  4. Publix Super Market: There are multiple Publix locations in the area, and one of the nearest ones is on Conroy Windermere Road. Publix is a well-known grocery store offering a variety of food and household products.

  5. ALDI: Situated on S Kirkman Road, ALDI is a budget-friendly grocery store with a selection of fresh produce, pantry staples, and more.

  6. The Fresh Market: Found on Millenia Plaza Way, The Fresh Market provides a selection of high-quality fresh produce, meats, and specialty items.

These retailers offer a range of products and are conveniently located for any shopping needs during your visit to Millenia Surgery Center.

UCF Lake Nona Hospital - Orlando, FL

For a smooth and convenient journey to your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, we recommend using Orlando International Airport (MCO) as your arrival point. MCO’s central location, excellent amenities, and accessibility make it the ideal choice for patients traveling to Orlando. Our team is ready to provide you with world-class care, and starting your journey at MCO ensures a seamless transition to your accommodations and medical appointments. We look forward to welcoming you at this well-connected gateway to the heart of Orlando, Florida.

When arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, you’ll find a variety of transportation options to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the convenient choices available:

  1. Private Car Services: Consider booking a private car service in advance to provide you with personalized and hassle-free transportation from the airport to your accommodation and medical appointments. These services offer comfort, reliability, and often include meet-and-greet options.

  1. Uber and Lyft: The popular ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are readily available at MCO. You can quickly request a ride through their mobile apps, ensuring a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your destination.

  2. Orlando Taxi Services: Traditional taxi services are also accessible at the airport. Licensed taxis can take you to your desired location, providing a straightforward and reliable transportation option.

    •  Mears Taxi
      • Phone: 407-422-2222
    •  Orlando Taxi Service
      • Phone: 407-445-2849
    •  Quick Cab Orlando
      • Phone: 321-732-8266
  3. Shuttle Services: Airport shuttle services may be offered by some hotels, providing a convenient way to reach your accommodation directly from MCO. Check with your hotel to see if this service is available.

  4. Car Rentals: If you plan to explore Orlando independently during your stay, rental car agencies are located at the airport. You can rent a car and have the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

These transportation options are designed to cater to your specific needs, whether you prefer a private and comfortable ride, the affordability of ride-sharing services, or the convenience of traditional taxis. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, Orlando International Airport’s accessibility and well-connected transport services will ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival for your medical journey with BodyByBariatrics.

  • The Wave Hotel (0.6 miles)
    • 6100 Wave Hotel Drive
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.675.2000
    • LakeNonaWaveHotel.com
    • $181-$279 per night
    • Promo code: HCAH
    • Contact: Jennifer Corso, sales manager
  • Courtyard by Marriott (0.6 miles)
    • 6955 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.856.9165
    • $139 per night
    • Contact: Paul Canyock, sales manager
      • 407.313.7303
      • Paul.Canyock@LakeNona.com
  • Residence Inn by Marriott (0.6 miles)
    • 6955 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.888.9974
    • $149 per night
    • Contact: Paul Canyock, sales manager
      • 407.313.7303
      • Paul.Canyock@LakeNona.com
  • Springhill Suites Orlando Lake Nona (1.9 miles)
    • 13700 Boggy Creek Road
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.313.3012
    • $119 per night
    • Contact: Paul Canyock, sales manager
      • 407.313.7303
      • Paul.Canyock@LakeNona.com
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites Orlando – Lake Nona (4.6 miles)
    • 10115 William Carey Drive
      Orlando, FL 32832
    • 407.207.7001
    • 20% discount off standard rates
    • Corporate special rate ID: 100201761
    • Contact: Paula Quintero, sales manager
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport (6.8 miles)
    • 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.825.1234
    • 10%-20% off standard rates
    • Promo code: NC61032
    • Contact: Alba Esposito, senior sales manager

The list is being provided as a courtesy, and the hospital is not responsible for any issues that arise from selection of accommodations.

While hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options near UCF Lake Nona, you may also consider alternative accommodations such as Airbnb, vacation rentals, or other non-hotel options to suit your preferences. These options often provide a home-like atmosphere and can be ideal for those seeking longer stays or larger spaces.

If you choose to explore non-hotel accommodations, websites like Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) and Vrbo (www.vrbo.com) can help you find a variety of rentals that may better align with your specific needs. These platforms allow you to browse, select, and book properties that match your preferences in terms of location, space, and amenities.

Opting for alternative accommodations can offer you a more personalized and flexible experience during your stay in Orlando. Whether you prefer the convenience of a hotel or the coziness of a home rental, the choice is yours, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free visit to the city.

It is a requirement for you to have someone with you on the day of your surgery to ensure your safety and well-being. If you do not have a responsible adult available, a nursing service can provide the necessary care and support during your recovery. Your health, safety, and comfort are of utmost importance to us.

These professional medical assistance services can provide the support and care you need during your post-surgery recovery, even if you don’t have a responsible adult traveling with you. Please contact them directly for inquiries about their pricing structure and to discuss your specific care requirements. Your health and well-being are their top priorities, and they are here to assist you in accessing the support necessary for a successful and comfortable recovery.

  1. Boxi Park ($) 0.5 miles
    • Comfort food
    • 6877 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407-536-9666
  2. Chroma Modern Bar and Kitchen ($$) 0.6 miles
    • New American
      6967 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
      407.955.4340
  3. Park Pizza and Brewing Company ($$) 0.6 miles
    • Brewery
    • 6941 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.955.4472
  4. Veg’n Out ($$)0.6 miles
    • Health food
    • 6982 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.313.2980
  5. BACAN in the Wave Hotel ($$$) 0.6 miles
    • Taste of the Americas
    • 6100 Wave Hotel Drive
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407-675-2000
  6. Canvas Restaurant and Market ($$$) 1.6 miles
    • American
    • 13615 Sachs Ave.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.313.7800
  7. Giovanni’s Restaurant ($$) 1.9 miles
    • Italian
    • 14177 Lake Nona Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32827
    • 407.857.4992
  8. Island Fin Poke Company ($$) 2.1 miles
    • Seafood
    • 7004 Tavistock Lakes Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32832
    • 407.313.2827
  9. Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar Eagle Creek ($$) 3.5 miles
    • Mexican
    • 9776 Eagle Creek Center Blvd.
      Orlando, FL 32832
    • 407.412.5548

 

  1. SeaWorld Orlando: Explore the marine life wonders at this iconic theme park, home to incredible aquatic shows and thrilling rides.

  2. Aquatica Orlando: Dive into aquatic adventures at this water park, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, and up-close animal encounters.

  3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney at this popular theme park, featuring thrilling rides, live entertainment, and beloved characters.

  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Experience the wonders of the natural world and encounter exotic animals on safari adventures.

  5. Epcot: Explore diverse cultures and innovations, enjoy international cuisine, and witness spectacular fireworks displays.

  6. Magic Kingdom: Delight in classic Disney magic, fairy tales, and iconic attractions at this enchanting theme park.

  7. Universal Studios Florida: Enjoy the excitement of Universal’s famous movie-themed attractions, shows, and experiences.

  8. Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Embark on thrilling adventures in this action-packed Universal park, home to exciting rides and attractions.

  9. Gatorland: Discover the “Alligator Capital of the World,” where you can observe and interact with thousands of alligators and crocodiles.

  10. Disney Springs: Experience shopping, dining, and entertainment in a charming waterfront district, featuring a wide array of boutiques, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Your stay in Orlando is not only about your journey to better health but also an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant offerings, from world-famous theme parks to unique wildlife encounters. We hope you have a wonderful experience in this magical city as you take your transformative step with BodyByBariatrics.

For your convenience, medications will be prescribed to you on the day of the surgery to Publix Pharmacy at Lake Nona Creekside at 14185 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32824. Located less than 2 miles from the hospital, this pharmacy can meet all of your medication needs.

  1. The Mall at Millenia: This upscale shopping mall  offers a wide range of high-end retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Apple, and many others.

  2. Target: Located at 2155 Town Center Blvd, Orlando, FL 32837, Target is a convenient option for various shopping needs, including groceries, clothing, electronics, and household items.

  3. Walmart Supercenter: Just a short drive away at 11930 Narcoossee Rd, Orlando, FL 32832, Walmart is a one-stop shop for groceries, clothing, electronics, and more.

  4. Publix Super Market: There are multiple Publix locations in the area, and one of the nearest ones is at 14185 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32824. Publix is a well-known grocery store offering a variety of food and household products.

These retailers offer a range of products and are conveniently located for any shopping needs during your visit to UCF Lake Nona Hospital.

Lakeland Regional Health

For a smooth and convenient journey to your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, we recommend using Orlando International Airport (MCO) as your arrival point. MCO is 1-1.5 hours from Lakeland, offers excellent amenities, and has complete accessibility making it the ideal choice for patients traveling to Lakeland. Our team is ready to provide you with world-class care, and starting your journey at MCO ensures a seamless transition to your accommodations and medical appointments. We look forward to welcoming you at this well-connected gateway to the heart of Orlando, Florida.

When arriving at Orlando International Airport (MCO) for your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, you’ll find a variety of transportation options to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the convenient choices available:

  1. Private Car Services: Consider booking a private car service in advance to provide you with personalized and hassle-free transportation from the airport to your accommodation and medical appointments. These services offer comfort, reliability, and often include meet-and-greet options.

  1. Uber and Lyft: The popular ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are readily available at MCO. You can quickly request a ride through their mobile apps, ensuring a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your destination.

  2. Taxi Services: Traditional taxi services are also accessible at the airport. Licensed taxis can take you to your desired location, providing a straightforward and reliable transportation option.

  3. Shuttle Services: Airport shuttle services may be offered by some hotels, providing a convenient way to reach your accommodation directly from MCO. Check with your hotel to see if this service is available.

  4. Car Rentals: If you plan to explore Orlando independently during your stay, rental car agencies are located at the airport. You can rent a car and have the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

These transportation options are designed to cater to your specific needs, whether you prefer a private and comfortable ride, the affordability of ride-sharing services, or the convenience of traditional taxis. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, Orlando International Airport’s accessibility and well-connected transport services will ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival for your medical journey with BodyByBariatrics.

These hotels are located within close proximity to Lakeland Regional Health, making them convenient options for those visiting the hospital.

While hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options near Millenia Surgery Center, you may also consider alternative accommodations such as Airbnb, vacation rentals, or other non-hotel options to suit your preferences. These options often provide a home-like atmosphere and can be ideal for those seeking longer stays or larger spaces.

If you choose to explore non-hotel accommodations, websites like Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) and Vrbo (www.vrbo.com) can help you find a variety of rentals that may better align with your specific needs. These platforms allow you to browse, select, and book properties that match your preferences in terms of location, space, and amenities.

Opting for alternative accommodations can offer you a more personalized and flexible experience during your stay in Orlando. Whether you prefer the convenience of a hotel or the coziness of a home rental, the choice is yours, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free visit to the city.

It is a requirement for you to have someone with you on the day of your surgery to ensure your safety and well-being. If you do not have a responsible adult available, a nursing service can provide the necessary care and support during your recovery. Your health, safety, and comfort are of utmost importance to us.

  • Visiting Angels
    • Website: Visiting Angels – Lakeland, FL
    • Contact: (863) 686-9100
    • Services: Visiting Angels provides non-medical in-home care, including assistance with activities of daily living, companionship, meal preparation, and more.
  • Interim HealthCare of Lakeland FL
    • Website: Interim HealthCare – Lakeland, FL
    • Contact: (863) 682-8000
    • Services: Interim HealthCare offers a range of home healthcare services, including skilled nursing, personal care, respite care, and more.
  • Maxim Healthcare Services
    • Website: Maxim Healthcare Services – Lakeland, FL
    • Contact: (863) 815-3838
    • Services: Maxim Healthcare provides a variety of healthcare services, including in-home nursing, pediatric care, and other medical services.
  • BAYADA Home Health Care
    • Website: BAYADA – Lakeland, FL
    • Contact: (863) 619-8077
    • Services: BAYADA offers home health care services, including nursing, therapy, and personal care, tailored to individual needs.
  • Amedisys Home Health Care
    • Website: Amedisys – Lakeland, FL
    • Contact: (863) 701-7423
    • Services: Amedisys provides home health care services, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, and other specialized care.

These services offer a range of in-home care and healthcare options, with pricing typically tailored to individual needs and circumstances. It’s advisable to reach out to them directly for detailed information and personalized pricing quotes.

If you’re looking for dining options near Lakeland Regional Health, you’ll find a variety of restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Here are some excellent choices to explore:

  1. Cafe Zuppina: A popular Mediterranean eatery known for its fresh and flavorful dishes, including shawarma, kebabs, and a wide range of vegetarian options.

  2. Chop Shop South Lakeland: A steakhouse that specializes in premium cuts of meat, this restaurant offers a delectable selection of steaks and sides in a cozy setting.

  3. Red Door Wine Market: A quaint bistro offering an array of wine, craft beer, and a menu filled with gourmet sandwiches, salads, and tapas.

  4. The Joinery: A farm-to-table restaurant focusing on locally sourced ingredients, they serve an ever-changing menu of creative and seasonal dishes.

  5. Bay Street Bistro: A charming spot for fine dining, offering a blend of American and international flavors with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

  6. Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill: For sushi enthusiasts, Tsunami provides a wide range of sushi rolls, sashimi, and hibachi grill options in a contemporary setting.

  7. Molly McHugh’s Irish Pub: A cozy Irish pub serving classic pub fare and a great selection of beers. It’s a welcoming spot to unwind and enjoy some comfort food.

  8. Black & Brew Coffee House and Bistro: A casual coffee house with a bistro twist, they serve coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and a variety of baked goods.

  9. Bay Street Deli & Market: A local deli offering made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Perfect for a quick and tasty meal on the go.

  10. Texas Cattle Company: A steakhouse renowned for its selection of steaks, seafood, and southern sides. It’s an ideal choice for those looking for hearty, American cuisine.

These restaurants offer a diverse range of culinary experiences near Lakeland Regional Health. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet dining, international cuisine, or a relaxed cafe, you’ll find a plethora of options to enjoy.

  1. SeaWorld Orlando (1.7 miles away): Explore the marine life wonders at this iconic theme park, home to incredible aquatic shows and thrilling rides.

  2. Aquatica Orlando (1.5 miles away): Dive into aquatic adventures at this water park, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, and up-close animal encounters.

  3. Disney’s Hollywood Studios (5 miles away): Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney at this popular theme park, featuring thrilling rides, live entertainment, and beloved characters.

  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom (6 miles away): Experience the wonders of the natural world and encounter exotic animals on safari adventures.

  5. Epcot (5 miles away): Explore diverse cultures and innovations, enjoy international cuisine, and witness spectacular fireworks displays.

  6. Magic Kingdom (9 miles away): Delight in classic Disney magic, fairy tales, and iconic attractions at this enchanting theme park.

  7. Universal Studios Florida (4 miles away): Enjoy the excitement of Universal’s famous movie-themed attractions, shows, and experiences.

  8. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (4 miles away): Embark on thrilling adventures in this action-packed Universal park, home to exciting rides and attractions.

  9. Gatorland (4.2 miles away): Discover the “Alligator Capital of the World,” where you can observe and interact with thousands of alligators and crocodiles.

  10. Disney Springs (7 miles away): Experience shopping, dining, and entertainment in a charming waterfront district, featuring a wide array of boutiques, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Your stay in Orlando is not only about your journey to better health but also an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant offerings, from world-famous theme parks to unique wildlife encounters. We hope you have a wonderful experience in this magical city as you take your transformative step with BodyByBariatrics.

During your stay at Lakeland Regional Health, our priority is your comfort and convenience. For your post-surgery needs, prescription medications will be promptly delivered directly to you in the recovery room. Additionally, over-the-counter essentials like Tylenol XS and Gas-X are readily available at any nearby pharmacy, ensuring you have easy access to any supplementary healthcare items or essentials you may require during your recovery. Your well-being is our focus, and we strive to make your experience as seamless as possible.

AdventHealth Wesley Chapel

For a smooth and convenient journey to your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, we recommend using Tampa International Airport (TPA) as your arrival point. TPA is less than 1 hour from Wesley Chapel, offers excellent amenities, and has complete accessibility making it the ideal choice for patients traveling to Wesley Chapel. Our team is ready to provide you with world-class care, and starting your journey at TPA ensures a seamless transition to your accommodations and medical appointments.

When arriving at Tampa International Airport (TPA) for your bariatric surgery with BodyByBariatrics, you’ll find a variety of transportation options to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the convenient choices available:

  1. Private Car Services: Consider booking a private car service in advance to provide you with personalized and hassle-free transportation from the airport to your accommodation and medical appointments. These services offer comfort, reliability, and often include meet-and-greet options.

    • Tampa Bay City Car
    • BlackRidez Car Service
    • President Limousine
  1. Uber and Lyft: The popular ride-sharing services, Uber and Lyft, are readily available at TPA. You can quickly request a ride through their mobile apps, ensuring a convenient and cost-effective way to reach your destination.

  2. Taxi Services: Traditional taxi services are also accessible at the airport. Licensed taxis can take you to your desired location, providing a straightforward and reliable transportation option.

  3. Shuttle Services: Airport shuttle services may be offered by some hotels, providing a convenient way to reach your accommodation directly from TPA. Check with your hotel to see if this service is available.

  4. Car Rentals: If you plan to explore Tampa and Wesley Chapel independently during your stay, rental car agencies are located at the airport. You can rent a car and have the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

These transportation options are designed to cater to your specific needs, whether you prefer a private and comfortable ride, the affordability of ride-sharing services, or the convenience of traditional taxis. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, Tampa International Airport’s accessibility and well-connected transport services will ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival for your medical journey with BodyByBariatrics.

AdventHealth is pleased to partner with these hotels to provide an exclusive rate for their patients. All of these hotels are in close proximity to AdventHealth Wesley Chapel. For more information, please reach out directly to the contacts provided. 

  • Hyatt Place Tampa Wesley Chapel
    • 26000 Sierra Center Blvd, Lutz, FL 33559
    • 813-803-5600
    • Website
    • Contact:
      • Dimary Oyola
      • 813-803-5600
      • dimary.oyola@hyatt.com
    • Rate code: AdventHealth
    • Rate: $119-$139
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Wesley Chapel
    • 2650 Lajuana Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
    • 813-536-1818
    • Website
    • Contact:
      • Rosalynn Philias
      • 813-943-1435
      • fairfieldwesleychapel@gmail.com
    • Rate Code: ADHA
    • Rate: $109
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-Wesley Chapel
    • 2740 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
    • 813-973-2288
    • Website
    • Contact: 
      • Lisa Moore
      • 813-591-6907
      • lisa.moore2@hilton.com
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa North Wesley Chapel
    • 2775 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
    • 813-803-7899
    • Website
    • Contact:
      • Jacqi Bhur
      • 813-803-7899
    • Rate Code: IEFTH
    • Rate: $149
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa North I-75
    • 17301 N Dona Michelle Drive, Tampa, Fl 33647
    • 813-971-7676
    • Website
    • Contact:
      • Dimple Patel
      • 813-971-7676

 

While hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options near AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, you may also consider alternative accommodations such as Airbnb, vacation rentals, or other non-hotel options to suit your preferences. These options often provide a home-like atmosphere and can be ideal for those seeking longer stays or larger spaces.

If you choose to explore non-hotel accommodations, websites like Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) and Vrbo (www.vrbo.com) can help you find a variety of rentals that may better align with your specific needs. These platforms allow you to browse, select, and book properties that match your preferences in terms of location, space, and amenities.

Opting for alternative accommodations can offer you a more personalized and flexible experience during your stay in Wesley Chapel. Whether you prefer the convenience of a hotel or the coziness of a home rental, the choice is yours, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free visit to the city.

It is a requirement for you to have someone with you on the day of your surgery to ensure your safety and well-being. If you do not have a responsible adult available, a nursing service can provide the necessary care and support during your recovery. Your health, safety, and comfort are of utmost importance to us.

  • Visiting Angels
    • Website: Visiting Angels – Tampa, FL
    • Contact: (813) 929-7067
    • Services: Visiting Angels provides non-medical in-home care, including assistance with activities of daily living, companionship, meal preparation, and more.

If you’re looking for dining options near AdventHealth Wesley Chapel, you’ll find a variety of restaurants to satisfy your cravings. Here are some excellent choices to explore:

  1. The Shops at Wiregrass Food Court – With over 25 restaurants to choose from just minutes from the hospital, you will be sure to find something for everyone in your party!

  2. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Your stay in Tampa/Wesley Chapel is not only about your journey to better health but also an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant offerings, from world-famous theme parks to unique wildlife encounters. We hope you have a wonderful experience as you take your transformative step with BodyByBariatrics.

  1. Busch Gardens Tampa

  2. Zoo Tampa

  3. Tampa Aquarium

  4. Amalie Arena

  5. Raymond James Stadium

  6. Adventure Island

  7. Tampa Riverwalk

  8. Sparkman Wharf

  • Bell Pharmacy is located in the AdventHealth Wesley Chapel Care Pavilion 4 miles down the road and they will be happy to deliver your medications directly to you on the day of your surgery!
    • 8702 Hunters Lake Drive, Tampa, FL 33647  
    • 813-803-3399
  • CVS Pharmacy
    • 1929 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 
    • 813-991-1293
  • Publix Pharmacy
    • 1920 Co Rd 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 
    • 813-994-4242
  • Walmart Pharmacy
    • 28500 FL-54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
    • 813-262-6844
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
    • 20741 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Tampa, FL 33647 
    • 813-907-0878

There are many retailers nearby to satisfy any of your pre- and post-op needs!

  • Walmart Supercenter
    • State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
  • Target
    • 1201 Co Rd 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
  • The Grove @ Wesley Chapel
    • Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
  • The Shops at Wiregrass
    • 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
  • Tampa Premium Outlets
    • 2300 Grand Cypress Dr. Lutz, FL 33559
  • Publix
    • 1920 Co Rd 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
  • Aldi
    • 2215 Sun Vista Dr, Lutz, FL 33559

Surgical FAQs

  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (“Sleeve”)
  • Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (“Gastric Bypass”)
  • Laparoscopic Revisional Bariatric Surgery
    • Conversion of Sleeve to Gastric Bypass
    • Removal of Adjustable Gastric Band (“Lap Band”) with conversion to Gastric Bypass 
  • Lap Band Removal (only)

Our surgeons, Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Dovec and Dr. Diana Lane, are American medical school graduates and board certified by the American Board of Surgery and have each completed a bariatric fellowship program. 

The procedures are performed with minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques through four small incisions. Our surgeons have extensive training and experience with operating laparoscopically, which leads to fewer wound infections, less pain, quicker recovery, and same day discharge for most patients.

Per updated guidelines, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is > 30 kg/m² with weight related comorbidities (i.e., obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), PCOS, Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) (fatty liver disease), etc.) or your BMI is > 35 kg/m² based on your weight alone.

Dr. Dovec and Dr. Lane perform a meticulous and systematic pre-operative evaluation to determine if additional testing and clearances are needed to safely proceed with the operation that is best for you and your goals.

Calculate your BMI here!

We are currently in network or actively working to be in network with all major commercial, Medicare, and Florida Medicaid plans. If you would our BodyByBariatrics’ Benefit Verification Team to perform a free insurance coverage check for bariatric surgery, please Click Here!

We are unable to accept out-of-state Medicaid Plans or any Marketplace Plans.

We understand the importance of accessible healthcare options. Take advantage of our special self-pay price starting at $10,999 for bariatric surgery, making your journey toward transformation more affordable and attainable.

The total price for the sleeve or bypass is $10,999 with an additional $500 program fee which includes the initial & final consultation with the surgeon, as well as access to our registered dietitian and nutrition program, monthly support groups, and follow up care for 3 months. The cost for those seeking revisional surgery is $11,999, plus the $500 program fee.

You can finance your life-changing bariatric surgery with CareCredit. Their flexible options alleviate the immediate financial burden, ensuring you can focus on your health. We accept CareCredit’s specialized credit card, covering all aspects of your bariatric procedure. With easy application and quick approval, CareCredit provides the support you need for a healthier future.

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Many factors go into how long it takes to get from initial interest to surgery. Insurance may require a certain amount of time for you to complete your nutrition education. You will be provided with a checklist of pre-operative requirements based on your health history at your initial appointment. After your final appointment, authorization will be sent to the insurance company which can take up to 15 days to obtain.

We perform surgery at Millenia Surgery Center in Orlando, Lakeland Regional Health, and AdventHealth Wesley Chapel.

Surgical centers offer safe surgery with advanced technology, experienced staff, and strict protocols. These specialized facilities prioritize patient care, providing sterile environments and streamlined processes. With expert professionals and focused attention, surgical centers ensure a high standard of safety for surgical procedures.

We specialize in minimally invasive techniques. Some people go right back to work, even the day after surgery if their job is more sedentary and some prefer to take up to 4 weeks off. Most feel like themselves within a week after surgery.

LIFE-LONG FOLLOW-UP

Our commitment to your well-being doesn’t end with surgery. We provide comprehensive, lifelong follow-up care to support your ongoing success and health.

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS NOW

Taking the first step in doing something life changing can be overwhelming. We strive to make the process simple.