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Overview

One in three adults in the United States is overweight. Obesity creates serious health risks including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and even some forms of cancer. Jackson Health System offers a variety of weight-loss surgery options, including nutrition and fitness guidance and psychological counseling.

Services Provided At These Hospitals & Locations

Jackson North Medical Center

An ASMBS Bariatric Center of Excellence®

Currently, one in three adults in the United States is overweight. When diet and exercise don't help people shed the excess weight, many in South Florida turn to the Weight-Loss Surgery Center at Jackson North Medical Center for help.

The program has a holistic approach that provides patients with psychological counseling before and after the surgery, personalized nutrition and fitness plans as well as vitamin supplements. We understand that weight-loss surgery is a life-changing step. Our caring, compassionate team includes trained surgeons as well as staff members who guide people through the process and help ensure their needs are met.

Gastric bypass procedures are done through a laparoscope, thus improving recovery time and leaving much smaller scars. The surgery takes approximately one to two hours and some patients are able to return to work in approximately two weeks. Our staff works with each patient to create their own individualized strategy to achieve their weight-loss goals.

Physician Team

About Dr. Jorge Sosa

EDUCATION
Professional School

University of South Florida School of Medicine, Graduated with High Honors,
1983-1987

Internship/Residency
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, General Surgery, 1987-1992

Fellowship
University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Surgical Critical Care, 1992-1993

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1993-1995

CERTIFICATIONS
American Board of Surgery in general Surgery, 1993, recertification, 2003
American Board of Surgery in Added Qualities in Surgical Critical Care, 1984, recertification, 2004

Qualifying for Surgery

To qualify for surgery, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40.  If your BMI is between 35-40 you may also qualify for surgery if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Sleep Apnea

Prior to surgery, all patients will be sent to have psychological, nutritional and medical clearances. These are required to proceed with surgery.

Weight-Loss Surgery Seminar

If you think you might want to take this life-changing step, we invite you to attend a free informational seminar, led by Jorge L. Sosa, M.D., Weight-Loss Surgery Center at Jackson North. Seminars are held on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Jackson North Medical Center
160 N.W. 170th Street
Second Floor - Auditorium
North Miami Beach, FL  33169

Please call 1-866-931-TRIM or 305-654-5072 to make your reservation or for more information.

Jackson North Medical Center - More Hospital Info 160 N.W. 170th Street
North Miami Beach, Fl 33169
305-651-1100

Jackson South Community Hospital

Jackson South Community Hospital is committed to providing all the services necessary to make your weight-loss surgery journey a success. Our caring healthcare professionals will guide you through all the physical and emotional aspects of your journey. With the expertise of our renowned physicians, through the use of our rehab facility, guidance from the support group and consistent follow-up from our caring staff, you will be given the tools for weight loss success. 

Special Services

Surgery can provide long term and sustained weight loss. After bariatric surgery, patients usually lose about one-half to two-thirds of their excess body weight, which is about one-third of their current weight.

"Vertical Solutions" are the procedures, such as the vertical gastric sleeve, endoscopic gastroplasty and gastric bypass, that eliminate hunger urges resulting in long-term weight loss.

Our physicians specialize in:

  • Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication (LGCP)
  • Vertical Gastric Sleeve

Physician Team

The surgical group is led by Medical Directors Moises Jacobs, M.D., FACS and Gustavo Plasencia, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, and includes Eddie Gomez, M.D., FACS, Rene F. Hartmann, M.D., Henry J. Lujan, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, Roderick Romero, M.D., and Manuel Viamonte III, M.D., FACS, FASCRS.

In 1990, the surgeons began performing advanced laparoscopic procedures. They were the first in Miami to perform various types of bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass in 1996, placement of laparoscopic bands in 2000, and, since 2005, have performed and modified the technique of the Vertical Gastric Sleeves. 

Also in 1990, the surgeons pioneered laparoscopic colostomies, a procedure where part of the colon is removed, and have since advanced and championed this procedure around the world.

Additionally, the group pioneered the use of biologic mesh for the repair of hiatal hernias to treat severe acid reflux disease in 2000. The surgeons were also one of the first to use microlaparoscopy, a new surgery technique utilizing tiny instruments measuring two or three millimeters in size. 

Together, the surgical group has written two books, many articles and book chapters; taught thousands of surgeons; and patented instruments for use in laparoscopic surgery. Throughout their careers, they have taught and operated in countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America and even as far away as New Zealand. They have been made honorary members of many surgical societies around the world.

Weight-Loss Surgery Seminars

We welcome you to attend a free monthly informational seminar. The seminars are led by Moises Jacobs, M.D., FACS and Eddie Gomez, M.D. FACS, Jackson Medical Group. Seminars are held at Jackson South on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Jackson South Community Hospital
9333 S.W. 152 Street
Miami, Fl 33157

Seminars are held in the third floor waiting area across from the visitor elevators in the new tower building. Please call 305-256-5046 to make your reservation or for more information.

Contact Us

Our team of highly trained, experienced and licensed professionals provide a warm and comforting atmosphere. We welcome your questions and invite you to call us at 305-251-2500.

Jackson South Community Hospital - More Hospital Info 9333 S.W. 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33157
305-251-2500
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