(LARGO, FL – JULY 2016) – The Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center is proud to announce its first non-surgical weight loss procedure was performed Tuesday, July 5. The Orbera Gastric Balloon insertion procedure was performed by Tiffany Jessee-Wylie, DO, Bariatric and General Surgeon. The balloon is a weight loss aid for individuals suffering from obesity.
“The Orbera Gastric Balloon is an option for our patients that are not candidates for surgery or not interested in surgery,” said Dr. Jessee. “This gives us another option to offer safe and effective non-surgical treatments to our patients throughout their weight loss journey.”
The balloon is placed endoscopically with the same type of endoscope that is used to look at a stomach when assessing a patient for reflux disease. The device is temporary. It is usally removed six months after placement. With the balloon, individuals are involved in behavior modification including diet and exercise.
“Since opening the Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center, we have prided ourselves in assisting our patients with their weight loss needs. The Orbera Balloon procedure gives us the opportunity to provide options to our patients that they may not be able to receive elsewhere,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer at Largo Medical Center.
The Florida Bariatric Centers are located in hospitals throughout the Tampa Bay area including Brandon Regional Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Memorial Hospital of Tampa and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.
To conduct an interview or to learn more about the Orbera Gastric Balloon procedure at Largo Medical Center, contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 727-348-1896.
About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Surgical Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has an American Osteopathic Association Accredited Graduate Medical Education program that is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.