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Weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric procedures, but all focus on making modifications to the digestive system with the goal of significant weight loss.

Weight loss surgery in Reston, Virginia

If you're struggling with obesity, you know managing your weight is difficult. We're here to help.

At Reston Hospital Center, our doctors understand your frustration when traditional weight loss methods fall short. We partner with you to understand your weight loss goals and help you choose whether a surgical solution is right for you.

A healthier you

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery? Determine if you qualify with our online assessment.

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery? Determine if you qualify with our online assessment.

Conditions treated with weight loss surgery

We understand your decision for bariatric surgery is an important step towards reaching your health goals. We treat weight-related health conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

Bariatric surgery methods we offer

Our less-intrusive methods reduce pain, shortens your hospital stay, and minimizes recovery.

Understanding bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of surgical procedures used to decrease your weight and improve your overall health. Often referred to as "weight loss surgery," bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. It is a tool, not a cure, that our bariatric surgeons use to treat patients with morbid obesity (having a body mass index of 40 or greater). To make an informed decision, we provide resources you can use to educate yourself about the types, benefits and potential complications of the various bariatric surgery methods.

Minimally invasive bariatric procedures

Our bariatric surgeons use minimally invasive surgery — robotic surgery or laparoscopic procedures —resulting in less post-surgical pain, a shorter hospital stay, a lower risk of complications and a quicker return to your schedule. Surgical procedures we offer include:

Adjustable gastric banding (AGB)

In a laparoscopic gastric band procedure, your surgeon places an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach creating a smaller stomach pouch, which helps you feel full sooner with less food.

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

In this procedure, your surgeon staples your stomach into two parts, creating a smaller stomach pouch. Next, a portion of your small intestine is connected to the new stomach pouch for food to flow through helping you feel fuller and allowing your body to absorb fewer calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)

During gastric sleeve surgery, your bariatric surgeon removes part of your stomach to create a smaller, banana-shaped stomach. The smaller stomach area allows you to feel full with less food.

Revisional bariatric surgery

Our bariatric surgeons can perform revisional surgery to alter or repair a previous weight loss surgery. Some reasons this may be needed are poor weight loss, regaining weight or other complications.

Bariatric surgery resources

We offer a variety of informational and supportive resources to help you as you work to lose weight and keep it off.

Bariatric program coordinator

We have a dedicated, certified bariatric nurse who serves as our bariatric program coordinator and helps to personalize your surgery experience. Our coordinator works very closely with you to help maintain the connection and communication between you and our nursing and medical teams. The coordinator serves as both an advocate and a resource to help you navigate a successful bariatric surgery journey.

To reach our bariatric coordinator directly, please call (703) 689-9328.

Information sessions

We offer classes to help inform you about bariatric surgery and the support resources available as you plan your weight loss journey. To sign up for a free, informational bariatric surgery seminar, please register online or call (877) 689-3627.

Ongoing weight loss surgery support

We have a variety of resources available for you, including support groups, therapy, fitness programs and nutrition services. Support groups give you an invaluable opportunity to share their personal experiences and learn from other patients’ experiences. Our registered dietitians and fitness experts can help you create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, which is critical after bariatric surgery. Throughout it all, we provide ongoing support to help you maintain your weight target and post-surgery goals.

Weight loss surgery orientation

Watch the total weight loss surgery orientation video series to learn more about joint replacement surgery.

Watch the total weight loss surgery orientation video series to learn more about joint replacement surgery.