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Bariatric Weight Loss

UF Health St. Johns Bariatrics

Are you ready to transform your life? UF Health St. Johns Bariatrics is the best place to reclaim your health, confidence and vitality by finally defeating obesity.

Obesity affects more than 1 in 3 adults in the United States. It's a disease, classified as such by major health organizations, including the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those suffering from morbid obesity, surgical weight loss is the only proven, reliable and long-term weight loss solution.

As an accredited bariatric surgery center, we can help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you and which bariatric procedure best suits your specific needs. A team of medical professionals will also walk you through the process of preparing for surgery, recovering and reshaping your everyday routine to include healthier habits. Our nutritional and exercise programs, spiritual counseling and support groups are all vital components of your post-operative success. We'll help you make them part of your lifestyle change and realize your weight loss goals.

UF Health St. Johns Bariatrics is led by Robert Marema, MD, FACS, who is a board-certified bariatric surgeon. As a whole, our comprehensive program covers the full scope of weight loss services, including access to:

  • Bariatric surgeons
  • Nutritionists
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Gastrointestinal specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Cardiologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Medicine physicians
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Spiritual and emotional support groups

Your Journey to Surgery

Each individual's health information is carefully evaluated for any related medical conditions. This often requires special studies and occasional consultations from accredited medical specialists. We must be confident that weight loss surgery is right for you. We need to make sure that both you and the bariatric team are fully aware of associated risks before we will schedule the surgery to promote positive lifelong outcomes. Please be aware that certain insurance companies require a six-month, physician-supervised weight loss program prior to covering weight loss surgery. We have a dedicated insurance specialist to assist with preoperative mandates required by individual insurance plans.

Nationally recognized for clinical excellence, UF Health St. Johns understands the special needs that come with having bariatric weight loss surgery. Let us guide your weight loss journey and show you how our bariatric surgery center stands apart from the rest. To learn more, complete the form below to request a consultation or find additional contact methods here.

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