Surgical Weight-Loss

Obesity — A Matter of Life and Death

More than 12.5 million Americans are severely overweight, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For many, severe obesity is a matter of life and death.

Many people who are seriously overweight have tried different diets, medications and professional weight-loss services for years without long-term success.

Fortunately weight-loss surgery at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton can help seriously overweight people get the long-term weight loss they need.

What is weight-loss surgery?

Weight-loss surgery helps people lose weight by reducing the size of the stomach or bypassing part of the patient's intestines. After surgery, patients eat less food to feel full and satisfied.

There is more to surgical weight-loss surgery than the procedure itself. To be successful, patients must make major changes in their lifestyle and eating habits. For example, following surgery, patients must:

  • Restrict the amount and types of food they eat
  • Avoid drinking liquids with meals
  • Stick with a regular exercise program
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements

Is weight-loss surgery right for me?

Weight-loss surgery may be right for you if:

  • You are 18 years of age and older
  • You are at least 80 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions.
  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 30.
  • You have tried other weight-loss methods without success.
  • You are medically stable and physically able to withstand surgery.
  • You pass a psychological screening test that helps ensure you are able to comply with post-surgical behavior modifications.
  • You complete all required pre-operative testing.

Hear from who has had success with weight-loss surgery

With the help of Stelios Rekkas, MD, Carol Ricks was able to lose the weight through surgery and give her "a second chance at life."

Meet the Physicians

Stelios Rekkas, MDStelios Rekkas, MD

Stelios Rekkas, MD was raised in Anna Maria Island, Florida. After graduating from Manatee High School, he went on to graduate with high honors from the University of Florida with a degree in microbiology. Later, he attended medical school at Florida State University. He completed his general surgery training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and later completed a fellowship in minimally invasive, bariatric and robotic surgery at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Florida.


Jose Erbella, Jr., MD, FACSJose Erbella, Jr., MD, FACS

Jose Erbella, Jr., MD, FACS is an American Osteopathic Association graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Erbella is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Jose Erbella has brought minimally invasive and advanced laparoscopic techniques for treating obesity and diseases of the neck, breast and gastrointestinal tract to Florida’s gulf coast.


Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

Find out about the surgical options available.
Get information about FREE bariatric surgery events at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
What you need to know to get ready for your surgery.
Get answers to the most commonly-asked questions about weight-loss surgery.
Read real stories from weight-loss surgery patients at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
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