Experienced Bariatric Surgeon in Miami
Dr. Ernesto Torres is a highly-regarded surgeon at Moon Gastric Sleeve. He received his medical qualifications from the University of Miami, further completing dual residencies in general surgery and minimally invasive surgery at the same institution’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.
His commitment to patient care is comprehensive and compassionate, with a special focus on cosmetic and bariatric surgery. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Torres is recognized as an authority in his field, making him one of the most desired surgeons across the country.
general & bariatric Surgeon in Miami
Weight loss surgeries we offer
Designed to restrict the amount of food that can be ingested, the gastric bypass surgery disconnects a part of the stomach from the rest of the stomach before creating a new outlet that gets attached to the small intestine.
A gastric sleeve procedure removes a portion of the stomach ( 75 – 80 %). In addition, this procedure supports weight loss by removing the part of the stomach that produces an appetite-stimulating hormone.
Bariatric Surgery Revision
Bariatric surgery revisions can repair, change, or improve upon a previous surgery. Revisions can be appropriate when a patient is experiencing complications following weight loss surgery or are unhappy with the results.
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Weight loss surgery process
During your initial consultation with Dr. Sosa, you'll have an opportunity to go over your medical history, discuss surgical options, and ask any questions you might have before moving forward.
Our staff will walk you through all of the requirements for BMI and comorbidities needed to qualify for various surgical options. The preoperative period is also a time for research and preparation for the patient.
Tests and medical clearance
In order to confirm that bariatric surgery is a safe and ideal choice for you, our team will schedule a variety of preoperative tests and clearances that may include chest X-rays, lab work, sleep screenings, and heart screenings.
Your bariatric surgery is performed in a hospital facility with dedicated trained staff. Moon Gastric Sleeve Center uses laparoscopic techniques that leave smaller scars, result in few complications, and promote faster recovery.
While recovery is different for every patient, it's important to be active immediately after surgery. You can expect to return to work after the first week. Most patients are able to resume driving five to six days following surgery.
You will schedule an appointment with your doctor and nutritionist one week after surgery. You will then have follow-up appointments at one month, three months, six months, nine months, and one year.
Weight loss surgery process
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Anyone with a BMI of 40 or greater is considered morbidly obese. For surgical purposes, a person with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 that is accompanied by one or more severe health conditions is also considered morbidly obese
Obesity increases your risks for all-cause mortality. In addition, it drastically reduces your odds for high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, and more. It also decreases your overall quality of life by causing pain, discomfort, and self-consciousness
Bariatric surgery dramatically reduces the amount of calories you are able to consume by reducing the size of the stomach by either reducing or removing part of the stomach.
When having gastric bypass performed, the surgeon will create a pouch that will serve as your new stomach. The new stomach pouch is then connected to the small intestine to drastically reduce the amount of food that can be consumed.
With a gastric sleeve procedure, up to 80% of the stomach is removed. Next, a tube-shaped stomach that remains attached to the small intestine is created to be a new stomach that can only hold a few ounces of food at a time.
Like all surgeries, bariatric surgeries come with risks associated with infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Gastric surgeries carry additional risks related to leaks in your gastrointestinal. All surgical risks will be reviewed with you during your consultation.
Any candidate meeting the requirement of being medically obese can be a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery.
In order to be approved for surgery, you must not have any severe psycho-emotional or medical problems, dependency on drugs and alcohol, or smoking habits that would make surgery unnecessarily risky. Patients must also be ready to commit to following all nutrition, exercise, medication, and laboratory protocols needed throughout the preoperative and postoperative periods.
It’s common for bariatric patients to lose between 50% and 60% of their excess weight within a year of surgery.
A BMI that is too low will disqualify you from bariatric surgery. Cirrhosis of the liver, blood disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, chronic lung conditions, age, and some autoimmune disorders can also be disqualifying factors.
Bariatric surgery is performed in a hospital offering dedicated bariatric surgical units with specially trained nurses.
Patients who follow all guidelines after surgery generally experience smooth recoveries. Rest assured that you will receive guidance regarding the food portions that are appropriate through each stage of recovery to ensure the best results possible. Most patients are cleared to begin exercise and vigorous activity by the one-month mark.
The average cost for gastric bypass surgery is between $7,500 and $33,000. Many insurance plans cover gastric procedures.