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Am I a Candidate?

In order to be a candidate for weight-loss surgery, you must first meet all the following criteria:

  • Body mass index (BMI) falling in one of these categories:
    • BMI of 40 kg/m2 or higher, or
    • BMI between 35 and 39.9 kg/m2 with significant obesity-related comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or heart disease.

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  • Failure of more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as supervised diet, medications, exercise, and behavior modification programs.
  • Age over 18 years.
  • Upper weight limit of 400 lbs.
  • The absence of previous major surgery on the stomach or esophagus.
  • The absence of severe mental health illnesses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of surgical risks and reasonable weight loss expectations.
  • Motivation and commitment to diet and life-long follow-up.
  • Compliance with treatments, preoperative diet, and evaluations.

Patients who meet the initial weight loss surgery criteria are evaluated on an individual basis by the surgeon and the members of the bariatric surgery team. Patients must be found to be acceptable candidates based upon all the completed evaluations before being cleared for bariatric surgery.

BMI Classification Level of Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5-24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25-29.9 Overweight Increased
30-24.9 Obese High
35-39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40 and over Morbidly Obese Extremely High
To schedule an appointment for Weight Loss Surgery evaluation, please call Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group - Surgical Specialists at 703.717.4250. To register online for a free Informational Seminar, click here.
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Surgical Specialists

  • Phone: 703.DIAL.VHC
  • Fax: 703.717.4251
  • Two Locations:
    1625 N George Mason Dr.
    Suite 334
    Arlington, VA 22205
    (Parking A, Zone A)

    1600 N Beauregard St.
    Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22311
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Patient Success Stories

 “I followed my food plan very carefully, and lost 111 pounds in 6 months. My blood sugar levels are down. I have so much more energy to run and play with my 5-year-old, and I walk 11,000 steps a day.”  Christine Rance

photo of Dan & RobinSince their surgery, Dan has lost 150 pounds and Robin has lost 100 pounds.
"Who would have thought that at 45, I’d have a piggyback ride!"
Dan and Robin Conroy

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