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    Exploring the Different Types of Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Bariatric/weight loss surgery offers hope of a healthy future to individuals contending with significant weight issues. Especially when diet and exercise cannot reduce weight as needed to avoid serious health problems such as stroke or heart attack, bariatric/weight loss surgery may be the best treatment option. The Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center offer several types of bariatric surgical procedures so that each eligible patient can receive the treatment best suited to his or her health needs.

    Undergoing Gastric Bypass

    Gastric bypass is a form of bariatric/weight loss surgeryfor individuals who might require multiple weight loss strategies. This procedure can combat excessive weight by both limiting the amount of food that a person can eat and curbing the calories that the body can take in. During this surgery, the surgeon constructs a smaller stomach and reroutes incoming food from the stomach to the small intestine.

    Getting Adjustable Gastric Band

    Gastric banding is a type of surgery that aims to hasten the sensation of fullness during mealtime. The surgeon conducting this form of bariatric/weight loss surgery introduces a changeable band around the top of the stomach that he can expand or tighten according to the needs of the patient. This band facilitates the feeling of satiation because the smaller stomach can contain only a tiny amount of food. This outcome can then help patients stop eating sooner than they would without the surgery.

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Some individuals who are eligible for bariatric/weight loss surgery suffer from serious health problems that only rapid weight loss can alleviate. For this reason, some bariatric weight loss experts might recommend the sleeve gastrectomy. This procedure can quickly alter a patient’s eating habits because it removes the majority of the stomach. With only a small percentage of the stomach left intact, vertical sleeve gastrectomy recipients cannot eat as much as they could prior to treatment.

    Is bariatric/weight loss surgery right for you? If you suffer from obesity or weight-related health problems, the bariatric weight loss experts at the Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center in Pinellas County can help you find the treatment you need. For more information on our bariatric /weight loss services, call (727) 470-6826 or visit our website.

    A Look at Depression Symptoms in Women

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Depression is a condition that knows no barriers. It can affect men and women, both young and old. It can impact individuals of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, research indicates that women suffer from this behavioral health issue more frequently than men. Largo Medical Center urges women exhibiting depression symptoms to seek professional help as soon as possible.


    Many people associate depression with feelings of sadness. While sadness is a common symptom of this condition, it is far from the only emotion that female sufferers might experience. Studies show that some women exhibit aggression when they have depression. Because this warning sign might be mistaken for another issue, it can go unheeded by sufferers and their loved ones. Yet if aggression arises in a friend or family member who typically does not show this trait, it may be a sign that professional treatment is necessary.

    Weight Gain

    Some women may try to self-medicate their depression in a variety of ways. Food can provide temporary feelings of comfort, which is why some individuals may begin to eat excessively when coping with depression. A lack of energy may also make it more difficult to engage in regular physical activity. Sleeping more than usual may occur as well. All of these changes in behavior can lead to weight gain in depression sufferers. This physical manifestation of depression can provide visible clues that warrant medical attention.

    Anxious Mood

    Aggression is one way that depressed individuals might act when their condition goes undiagnosed or untreated. Anxiety is another common warning sign of this disease. Instead of displaying extreme sadness, some depressed women might exhibit recurrent feelings of worry and stress. As with the other symptoms commonly found among female depression patients, chronic anxiety should not go ignored. Only by getting professional behavior healthcare can depressed individuals find the support they need for complete physical and mental health.

    Do you recognize these symptoms of depression? If so, call Largo Medical Center in Pinellas County at (727) 470-6826 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse registered nurses. We are available 24 hours a day to discuss your concerns and help you receive appropriate professional care.

    A Brief Overview of Our Company Care Services

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Employee health and safety is a priority for every business owner. To keep workers healthy and happy, companies must put into place prevention and education services to help them avoid accidents and illnesses that might hinder job productivity and success. The Company Care services provided through Largo Medical Center can see to it that both business owners and their employees enjoy the safe working atmosphere that they deserve. We offer a wide range of healthcare options, including drug screenings, safety classes, and rehabilitation treatment for employees of businesses big and small. Our goal is to foster communication between companies and their workers, which is why we also provide care coordination and wellness progress reports.

    Experience for yourself the convenience of our Company Care services. Call (727) 470-6826 to speak with Company Care. You can also reach our Largo hospital to find out more about our total healthcare options.

    What to Expect from Inpatient Rehab

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Rehabilitation is a key component of the recovery process for many people. As disparate as conditions such as stroke and hip replacement might be, they may both require the relearning of motor coordination and other essential skills. Inpatient rehabilitation at Largo Medical Center can provide a safe and supportive environment in which patients can improve their health and wellbeing.

    Inpatient rehab services may vary according to the needs of our patients. We can assure the same high quality of care for everyone who undergoes rehab at Indian Rocks Rehabilitation, which is part of Largo Medical Center. For the comfort of our patients, we offer private suites. We also provide a diverse array of rehabilitative options that address our patients’ distinct cognitive and occupational issues.

    Let Largo Medical Center help you enjoy the good health you deserve. Call our Pinellas County hospital today at (727) 470-6826 to learn more about our inpatient rehabilitation services. You can also visit our website for additional details on our rehab options for Largo residents.

    Understanding the Symptoms of Colon Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Certain cancers may not present symptoms until they reach an advanced stage, and even when they do, some people might assume them to be warning signs of another problem. Colon cancer in particular can go unnoticed for a substantial period of time, making it all the more important to seek help as soon as any of the following symptoms occur. For more information on the detection and treatment of colon cancer, contact Largo Medical Center. 

    Weight Change

    The colon helps to absorb vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat. When colon cancer develops, though, it can obstruct the normal functions of this organ. As a result, the body may suffer from nutrient and calorie deprivation. This side effect of colon cancer can prompt sudden weight loss. When weight loss occurs without the intention to reduce weight, it can indicate the presence of colon cancer.

    Bloody Bowel Movements

    Colon cancer may also lead to the bleeding of the tissues in the colon. Because the colon also prepares food products for elimination from the body, it may produce bloody bowel movements. Though sometimes difficult to detect, if you suspect that you have bloody stool, talk to your physician. Suffering from recurrent bouts of hard or watery stool may also warrant a trip to your doctor.

    Abdominal Discomfort

    Abdominal pain is a common problem, and for many people, it does not indicate colon cancer. Food allergies, celiac disease, and even food poisoning can also lead to stomach cramps and discomfort. Yet if abdominal pain develops in the absence of these problems, it may point to a more serious issue. Especially when changes in diet cannot alleviate persistent stomach cramps or pain, it may be time to speak to a healthcare professional about your condition.

    Early detection can often lead to less invasive and more effective cancer treatment. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of colon cancer, call Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare for a FREE physician referral. Representatives are available around the clock for our Pinellas County residents and can address your health concerns.


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