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Weight loss is a complicated issue — lasting changes require a supportive community. At AdventHealth, our comprehensive, patient-centered approach means walking alongside our patients through the entire process, providing ongoing medical guidance and compassionate emotional support. And after your procedure, you’ll find peace of mind knowing that follow-up care is always close to home.


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  • How much weight will I actually lose?  
  • What is the recovery period?
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  • Will I still be able to eat the same way?
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is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive solutions for both simple and complex spinal conditions. Dr. Deukmedjian’s focus includes degenerative scoliosis correction, spinal arthritis correction, and treatment of neck and back pain. He also treats spinal trauma, fractures, tumors and congenital defects. He has authored and co-authored over 15 peer-reviewed articles in top tier neurosurgery journals and 10 book chapters.

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Your peace of mind is important to us, so we want to arm you with every ounce of information possible about how surgery may help you heal. This helpful guide will walk you through a number of the questions you may have about general surgery at AdventHealth.

  • What conditions can be treated with general surgery?
  • What types of advanced surgical treatments are available?
  • How long is the expected recovery time?
  • Will I start to feel like I used to?

If you’re ready to feel healthy again, we’re ready to answer your questions. Watch our online seminar now or request more information — our care coordinator is standing by and will reply to your request within 48 hours.

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There is comfort in knowing that your team of surgical experts specialize in healing a wide range of conditions and disorders. Some of the most common procedures that we perform include the following:

The Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel neurospine program is led by neurosurgeons Dr. Amir Ahmadian and Dr. Armen Deukmedjian of NeuSpine Institute.

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We understand that your unique pain and symptoms can be frustrating and hard to explain. Rest assured that our teams have vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and spine conditions, including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Degenerative disc disease (spinal arthritis)
  • Fractures of the spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Sacroiliac pain syndrome (sacroiliitis)
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine and brain tumors

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is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon who specializes in the management and minimally invasive treatment of spinal deformities, scoliosis, spinal fractures, neuro-oncology, peripheral nerve injuries and trauma. A gifted teacher and researcher, Dr. Ahmadian has authored over 21 peer-reviewed journal publications and 10 book chapters on neurosurgery and spinal deformity.

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An appendectomy is an emergency procedure to surgically remove an infected appendix (appendicitis) when symptoms present. The goal is to remove the appendix before it ruptures and becomes life-threatening. Our elite surgical staff have improved and refined less invasive laparoscopic appendectomy techniques to reduce the number of incisions and minimize pain, scarring and recovery time for you. If you experience symptoms of appendicitis, seek emergency medical care immediately.

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An abdominal hernia occurs when there is a hole, tear or weak spot in the muscle wall, allowing intestine, other organ or in some cases fat tissue to bulge through. This can lead to pain and more serious complications if left untreated. Using leading-edge technology and the skills that come from years of experience, our hernia surgeons specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic assisted procedures to heal inguinal, incisional, ventral, and umbilical hernias. Your safety and comfort are our top priority so you can get back to living the life you love.

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Gallbladder surgery may be recommended for a variety of conditions that affect the gallbladder, including cancer and gallstones. While a serious surgery, our experts have dedicated their practice to minimizing the healing time and pain for this procedure. They do this by utilizing laparoscopic, minimally invasive techniques as much as possible to reduce healing time, scaring and pain.





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Weight loss is a complicated issue — lasting changes require a supportive community. At AdventHealth, our comprehensive, patient-centered approach means walking alongside our patients through the entire process, providing ongoing medical guidance and compassionate emotional support. And after your procedure, you’ll find peace of mind knowing that follow-up care is always close to home.

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Weight-Loss Procedures 
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If diet and exercise haven’t been enough to achieve a healthy body weight, you’re not alone. Despite their best efforts, many people struggle to achieve their ideal weight. At AdventHealth, we offer the latest weight-loss surgical procedures, including:

  • Minimally Invasive robotic and laparoscopic procedures
  • Vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • Gastric bypass
  • Revision surgery

We know that weight-loss surgery is far more than a medical procedure — it's a chance for a fresh start. If your weight is limiting your mobility and everyday activity, then it’s time to imagine what a healthy future can look like and find the solution that works for you.

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The journey to a new you starts with one of our seminars where you’ll learn more about our procedures and the overall process. For your convenience, we offer an online seminar that you may view at any time as well as an opportunity to meet the doctor in person at one of our in-person seminars.

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Our expert surgeons and nurses are nationally acclaimed thought leaders who are dedicated to improving digestive care for you and your loved ones.

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Awarded Best of the Best

We have received two Best of the Best awards by the readers of the Ocala Star-Banner: Best for Bariatric Surgery and Best Hospital.

Nationally Recognized For Hip Replacement

Florida Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best hospitals for Hip Replacement.

Nationally Accredited Center

Our facilities are nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

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Dr. Dietrick is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. As Medical Director of the AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, he is responsible for maintaining the highest standard of care for each patient who passes through the Institute. He has an interest and expertise in minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques and teaches robotic skills to surgeons learning this approach. With nearly 30 years of experience, patient-centered care remains his primary focus. He endorses a holistic approach to care and engages each patient in their decisions about health and lifestyle.

As a thought leader, Dr. Dietrick was integral in establishing the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Florida Hospital Tampa in 2005, now the AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric & Metabolic Institute. Serving as medical director of the program, the hospital obtained national Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accreditation through the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and the American Society for Metabolic Surgeons (ASMBS).


Dr. Gonzalvo is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in adult and adolescent bariatric surgery. A native of Tampa, Dr. Gonzalvo is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of the Tampa Bay community. Together, with a team of providers, he provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program and applies a customized approach for improved well-being to every patient.

As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Gonzalvo is passionate about improving the health of those experiencing weight management difficulties, especially in the adolescent population. He is a highly experience surgeon, specializing in complex laparoscopic technique, which results in less scarring and blood loss, faster healing, and less pain for his patients.


Dr. Murr is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric surgery. For over 30 years, he has been dedicated to helping individuals regain their health by providing a healthy, nurturing environment. Through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Murr and his team of providers focus on the whole health of each person and apply a customized approach for improved well-being.

Founder of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Florida State Chapter, Dr. Murr has been influential in the medical community. An advocate for bariatric medicine, Dr. Murr has been instrumental in working with Florida Legislature, encouraging insurance companies and employers to support comprehensive obesity management. He also has a deep interest in advances for bariatric and metabolic medicine, which is evident in his extensive research and participation in clinical studies in addition to leading a renowned Fellowship program.


Dr. Thatimatla, known as Dr. Thati by his patients, is certified by the American Board of Surgery with an expertise in Bariatric Surgery. As the Medical Director for the AdventHealth Dade City Bariatric Program, he partners with hospital leadership to ensure the highest quality standards for every patient in his care. Under his direction, the Bariatric Program at AdventHealth Dade City, has achieved national accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

Dr. Thati leads a patient-centered program focused on holistic options to care, while engaging his patients and their family members in health care decisions. This team approach helps his patients gain more control over their lives, resulting in healthier choices that impact their weight loss success. As a laparoscopic and robotic trained surgeon, Dr. Thati provides multiple weight loss options, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, revisional and conversion bariatric surgical procedures.

He completed his surgical residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey and St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri followed by fellowship training in advanced laparo-endoscopy and bariatric surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. He serves as Chief of Surgery at AdventHealth Dade City and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In his spare time, he enjoys travel, music, movies and watching Cricket.


Dr. Salvador Ramos is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive approaches to both bariatric and general surgical procedures. He uses daVinci® robotic techniques when possible and has performed more than 1500 bariatric surgeries, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, duodenal switch, revisional and conversion bariatric surgeries.

Dr. Ramos enjoys seeing patients regain their quality of life, control medical difficulties and live a healthier lifestyle through significant weight loss. He takes pride in being meticulous both in patient consultations and in the operating room, and his patients say that his thorough explanation and sense of humor puts them at ease about their life-changing journey. In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Ramos also performs other laparoscopic and open general surgeries. He is fluent in Tagalog and two other Philippine dialects.


Dr. Juan C. Gutierrez is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in minimally invasive approaches to both bariatric and general surgery procedures. He is a certified robotic surgeon and performs sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch procedures using laparoscopic or robotic techniques when possible for weight reduction. He also offers the intragastric balloon as a temporary, non-permanent weight-loss option.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gutierrez has dedicated time to clinical research and investigational efforts. He has published works in multiple journals including Cancer, Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Obesity Surgery. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.


A pioneer in laparoscopy since the early 1990s, Dr. Fernandez is an advanced general and bariatric surgeon. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Dr. Fernandez received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, received his medical doctorate degree in the Dominican Republic and did his general surgery specialty at Alton Ochsner Medical Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Fernandez has been in private practice for over 32 years serving as medical director for bariatric surgery at 3 Tampa hospitals, and still owns and operates his surgical clinic. He is also a proctor for 2 nationally recognized surgical instrument companies.

Dr. Fernandez has instructed weight-loss surgeons across the country. He has successfully performed over 4,000 laparoscopic weight-loss procedures and is the only bariatric surgeon in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties that has achieved all 6 possible Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence designations on his own volume. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and a member of Obesity Action Coalition, Florida Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Abdominal Surgery, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery.

His excellent bedside manner and distinguished reputation in the community have made Dr. Fernandez the first choice for bariatric patients. He and his staff are fluent in English and Spanish and participate in most of the insurance networks. Dr. Fernandez performs the following procedures: Band placements and revisions • Hemorrhoidectomies • Laparoscopic colon surgery • Laparoscopic gastric bypasses • Laparoscopic/open hernia repairs • Laparoscopic removal of gallbladder • Sleeve gastrectomies • Spleen removal/liver biopsies • Surgical removal of cysts and masses in multiple areas of the body • Thyroid surgery


Dr. Elmer Valin is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in bariatric surgery using minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has nearly three decades of experience in bariatric surgery and has performed more than 3,000 obesity-surgery related procedures.

Dr. Valin is a trained daVinci® robotic surgeon, and utilizes advanced laparoscopic surgery to preform sleeve gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND® Gastric Band surgery and revision surgery of previous bariatric procedures. In addition to weight-loss surgery, he also performs a wide range of general surgery procedures. Dr. Valin is here to help you improve your health and quality of life by using surgical intervention for weight reduction. He leads a patient-centered program that emphasizes education, diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. Dr. Valin and his compassionate team are here to assist you every step of the way.

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Women’s Choice

AdventHealth Tampa and AdventHealth Carrollwood have received the Women’s Choice Award for Bariatric Surgery.

Center of Excellence

AdventHealth Carrollwood is recognized as a nationally accredited Center of Excellence for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).