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Treating Obesity

Obesity can be very difficult to treat. When commercial programs (such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, traditional diet and exercise) and other medically supervised methods have failed, bariatric surgery is a proven option for long term weight control for those with severe obesity.

Bariatric surgery is currently one of the best treatment options for severe obesity. As quoted by the National Institute of Health,

“Weight loss surgery when combined with behavior modification, is currently the most reliable and only choice for long term maintenance of excess weight loss.”

Obesity is a condition that can lead to numerous health problems, affecting millions of Americans worldwide. Weight loss is not always accomplished with a strict diet and plenty of exercises, and if you want to make a major change in your health, you may want to consider weight loss surgery. Dr. Kevin Huguet and Dr. Pete Peterson at the MIIS Weight Loss Institute offer minimally invasive procedures to help you with your weight loss journey. If you are looking for a comprehensive weight loss center near St. Petersburg, Florida, here’s what you need to know about MIIS Weight Loss Institute to determine if we can help you improve your health.

The medical and emotional benefits of weight-loss procedures begin almost immediately after surgery and follow over time. These include:

  • Significant sustained weight loss:
    • Most patients lose weight rapidly and continue to do so for 18-24 months after surgery
    • Although some patients may regain some of their weight after 24 months, few regain it all
      • Nutritional changes and increased activity will be an important part of your success after surgery.
  • Improvement or elimination of most obesity-related conditions:
    • High cholesterol
    • High blood pressure / Hypertension
    • Sleep apnea (breathing disturbances during sleep)
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Dyslipidemia


  • Gastrointestinal surgery for severe obesity. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement. March 25-27, 1991: 1-20.
  • Sjöström L, Lindroos AK, Peltonen M, et al. Lifestyle, diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors 10 years after bariatric surgery. N Engl J Med. 2004;351(26):2683-2693.
  • Elder KA, Wolfe BM. Bariatric surgery: a review of procedures and outcomes. Gastroenterology. 2007;132(6):2253-2271.
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