Do I Qualify For Bariatric Surgery?


In order to proceed with bariatric surgery, you need to meet the basic criteria. Click below to see if you qualify for surgery.


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Our Program

Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Bariatric Surgery offers the opportunity to lose a significant amount of weight in a  fairly short amount of time.  On average most patients should expect to lose between 40-80% of their excess body weight. This is highly dependent on the procedure and commitment from the patient.

Bariatric surgery should not be taken lightly.  It is a life long decision and it can have major complications.  For that reason, it is important that you choose a provider and a bariatric surgery program that has the resources and experience to care for you before, during and after surgery.

Dr. Caban is the Bariatric Program Medical Director at Ocala Health. He is Fellowship Trained in Bariatric Surgery and has performed thousands of Advanced Laparoscopic procedures, including many weight loss surgeries.

It is recommended that you research extensively what bariatric surgery procedure is best fitted for you in terms of weight loss and risk tolerance. You should also find a program that will help you achieve your goals. Dr. Caban’s mission is that you will find his program comprehensive, robust and essential to your success.

Starting with this website, he hopes to provide extensive and accurate information to answer all your questions and to guide you throw the entire weight loss surgery process. A perfect place to start is to sign up for the online seminar. This is a free seminar were Dr. Caban goes over the basics of bariatric surgery. You can find a link below to register and watch the seminar in the convenience of your own home.

Another important step is to check if you qualify for surgery. If you are planning to have your medical insurance pay for the procedure you need to make sure that you meet their criteria. Above you can find a link that will help you with this step.

You can also set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Caban and his staff in the office where they will go over your specific situation and together come up with a comprehensive plan to get your journey started.

Dr. Angel M. Caban, MD

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Free seminar

Bariatric Surgery Seminar

Sign up for the Free seminar today. Watch it at your own convenience.

What We Offer

Bariatric Surgery Options

Dr. Caban offers three main procedures for patients that never had bariatric surgery. These procedures include the lap band, sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux en Y gastric bypass.  Revisions are also available when appropriate. 

Lap Band

Adjustable Gastric Band is a low-risk procedure that can achieve between 40-50% EBW loss. It involves placing a silicone adjustable band in the upper part of the stomach to restrict food intake.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The Sleeve Gastrectomy is also a restrictive procedure that involves removing 3/4 of the stomach to diminish the amount of food you can eat. The average weight loss is between 60-70% EBW.

Gastric Bypass

Roux en Y gastric bypass is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that is considered the gold standard for bariatric surgery. The average weight loss is between 70-80% EBW.

After Surgery

After Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Caban performs the procedures at West Marion Community Hospital. At this institution, he has access to state of the art high definition surgical equipment that increases visualization and allows for a safer minimally invasive approach.

Because the bariatric surgery is done through small incisions the average hospital stay for most patients is only two days or less. At West Marion Community Hospital all the patient’s rooms are private, spacious, quiet and clean. Dr. Caban believes this is an essential part of your recovery by minimizing exposure to bacteria and by giving you the privacy that you deserve.  

Bariatric Surgery
After discharge from the hospital, you will follow the diet that was given to you before the surgery during the mandatory preop class given by the bariatric coordinator. In this booklet, you will find essential information regarding your diet and many other frequently asked questions.

You will see Dr. Caban in the office two weeks after your surgery for the first post-op appointment. The subsequent visits for the first year will be every three months. You also have access to the bariatric surgery support group that is given the first Thursday of every month.

We also offer FREE post-op classes that you can take as many times as you will like. The classes can be fundamental in your success and can be of significant help. These classes are given by the bariatric program coordinator and the dietitian. 

Hours of Operation

8:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 5:00pm

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