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Surgical Specialties
ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon
ORBERA™ combines a clinically tested and proven medical device, with your own customized plan and support team, to effectively manage weight loss. The comprehensive, two-part program starts with a soft balloon placed in your stomach for six months to encourage portion control. A team of support experts will then help guide you through a diet and exercise program. At six months, the balloon is removed and your support team will continue to guide you toward making healthy lifestyle choices. They will help you retrain your appetite, adopt new nutritional habits, and establish a reasonable exercise routine that will be essential to your long-term success.
Gastric Banding
Gastric banding is a well-established, surgical approach to weight loss. The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a few small incisions in your abdomen. The outcome is the creation of a small gastric pouch. This is achieved through the surgical placement of a biocompatible (silastic rubber) band around the upper segment of your stomach. The pouch holds the food you ingest and includes a narrow opening to the lower stomach for normal digestion. Gastric banding essentially functions to limit the amount of food you can eat. It also helps you to feel full even after a small meal. You will maintain a liquid diet for the first 2-3 weeks after your procedure, progressing to regular food over the course of approximately six weeks. Because the band is constructed with an inflatable balloon,your doctor can adjust the tension (pouch size) through a port in your abdomen as your progress and results indicate.
Anti-Reflux Surgery
Anti-reflux surgery treats acid reflux (or GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease). GERD is a condition wherein food and stomach acid flows back into your lower esophagus causing chest pain (heartburn). Anti-reflux surgery is minimally invasive, requiring only a few incisions in your abdomen. As a first step, the surgeon repairs any bulging, or hernia, that may be exasperating backflow through your lower esophageal sphincter valve. Subsequently, a small portion of your upper stomach is wrapped around your esophagus and held in place with stitches. This constructiongenerally provides sufficient pressure to prevent future reflux. Most patients experience significant symptom improvement after surgery, although some willstill require antacid medications for more complete relief. The procedure generally requires a short stay hospitalization with return to full normal activity within a few weeks.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
South Florida Surgery and Bariatric Institute has the tools and expertise to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract using minimally invasive procedures, including:

Colonoscopy: colorectal screening, polyp removal, inflammatory bowel and gastrointestinal disease diagnosis.

Upper endoscopy: diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (upper small intestine).
Laparoscopic Bariatric Revisions
Medical complications can arise from bariatric surgical procedures. Complications can include gastric erosion, stomal stenosis, and bowel obstruction. Other “non-medical” complications may result from lifestyle incompatibility or simply poor weight loss results following the original procedure.The experts at South Florida Surgery and Bariatric Institute offer expertise in the repair and revision of bariatric surgery complications including endoscopic revision and laparoscopic distalization and revision. Along with a healthy attitude, diet, and exercise plan, a personalized surgical revision can put you back on the right path toward your weight loss goals.
At South Florida Surgery and Bariatric Institute, we specialize in laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technology that utilizes a thin light and camera to view and perform intricate procedures in the abdominal cavity through just a few small incisions. Compared to traditional open surgery, laparoscopy is less invasive, offers lower infection risk, and fewer surgical complications. Moreover, patients generally experience a faster and more comfortable recovery.
Radiology Procedures
Bariatric arterial embolization is an image-guided, minimally invasive procedure that places a biocompatible obstruction (embolic) in the left gastric artery. The obstruction serves to limit blood flow to the area of the stomach where the hormone ghrelin is predominantly produced. As a result of the reduced blood supply, less ghrelin enters the bloodstream. Reduction of ghrelin, the only known appetite-stimulating hormone, is directly associated with weight loss. A recent study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital found that patients who underwent left gastric artery embolization lost almost 8% of their body weight within three months.
Robotic Surgery
Robot-assisted surgery provides surgeons with greater precision, flexibility, and control, particularly in minimally invasive procedures. The robotic system includes a lighted camera and mechanical arms with the same types of surgical tools a surgeon uses when performing a procedure by hand. The robot is simply more exacting with delicate and complex procedures performed in a very small space. In addition to consistent and reproducible surgical outcomes, robotic surgery is generally associated with fewer complications, less pain and blood loss, and faster recovery times.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery that both reduces the size of your stomach and bypasses a portion of your small intestine. This procedure supports weight loss in two ways. First, a smaller stomach allows for only small meals, but results in the same feeling of fullness you would normally have after a large meal. Second, the intestinal bypass will reduce the amount of food that is actually absorbed by your system. Instead, more of your food intake will be passed directly into the large intestine and ultimately processed as waste. This procedure is generally performed on people with a BMI of 40 or higher, who require more aggressive intervention to support weight loss. On average, patients lose more than half of their excess weight following Roux-En-Y gastric bypass.
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive bariatric surgery. The gastric sleeve procedure also referred to as the “sleeve gastrectomy” is a relatively new procedure for surgical weight loss. It is similar to the gastric band surgery, in that it is a restrictive procedure.
The stomach is reduced by approximately 80 %, which creates a much smaller stomach. Therefore less food is needed to make a person feel full and satisfied. The stomach will now resemble a long, narrow tube, much like a banana in shape. There is no implant like with the gastric band surgery and no re-routing of intestines like with the gastric bypass.
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Dr. Eric Valladares is a Board Certified General Surgeon and fellowship trained in Baritric Surgery. He was first trained in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the LAP BAND in 2004.
He received his undergraduate training at the University of Miami, majoring in Biology and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry and Foreign Languages... READ MORE

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