Bariatric (Weight-Loss) Surgery
Partner with the weight loss surgery program team at Virginia Hospital Center to reach your goals for health and weight loss and count on us to be with you through every step of your journey. The experience starts with an initial consultation that includes an extensive medical evaluation by our surgeons.
Expect high-quality bariatric surgery and care that meets national standards. Virginia Hospital Center is recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery and accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) as a comprehensive center.
Your Virginia Hospital Center bariatric surgery team manages challenging bariatric cases using minimally invasive surgery and robotics technology with your safety and effective outcomes as our top priorities. The team includes:
- Bariatric coordinator who offers guidance and answers your questions
- Doctors with board certifications in general and bariatric surgery
- Nurses with American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) certification
- Psychologist who facilitates support groups
- Other medical specialists, such as anesthesiologists, cardiologists or endocrinologists, dietitians and exercise physiologists, as needed
Get everything you need to achieve your goals and become your healthiest self. Benefit from:
- Health promotion and wellness program, which offers fitness and healthy lifestyle classes
- Mental health evaluation and ongoing support
- Monthly support groups with other patients getting ready for surgery or who have already had it
Which Surgery is Right for Me?
Bariatric surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and helps patients lose weight. If you're a candidate for weight loss surgery, work with your surgeon and other members of your care team to decide which procedure is best for you. Whatever option you and your doctor choose, count on our team to help you reach the best possible outcome.
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a nonreversible weight-loss procedure in which a large part of the stomach is removed during surgery. This results in a new stomach which is roughly the size and shape of a banana.
This procedure has a lower risk of causing nutrition problems, but it does have the risk of leaking from the incisions and narrowing of the stomach. You may need a second procedure to enhance weight loss.
If you have laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon will make your stomach smaller and connect it to the middle part of the small intestine. The food you eat will bypass (no longer pass through) the first part of the small intestine. This means you'll feel full more quickly and eat less, and your small intestine will absorb less food.
During duodenal switch, or DS, your doctor will remove most of your stomach and reroute part of the small intestine. When you eat, your digestive system will absorb fewer calories and fat from food. You may have less risk of symptoms like cramps and diarrhea.
A revision surgery is a second procedure that may make the first surgery more effective.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
Whenever possible, your surgeon uses minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, techniques. This means they'll do surgery with tiny tools and incisions, so you have less risk of complications like infection, as well as a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Nonsurgical Weight-Loss Procedures
If you have a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40, you may qualify for an innovative procedure known as Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon. Without surgery, your doctor places a balloon in the stomach for six months to help you feel fuller sooner when you eat.
Another nonsurgical, reversible option is AspireAssist®, which places a tube in the stomach that removes about 30% of the food you eat through a small opening on the outside of the abdomen. After each meal, you'll empty the discarded food using a handheld device. You will need to chew food carefully if you choose this option.