What Is Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also called weight loss surgery, is a procedure to make the stomach smaller so you feel satisfied with less food. Bariatric surgery procedures are for people who are 100 pounds or more overweight and with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. Other criteria include not having had success with other weight loss therapies such as diet, exercise and medications.

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Weight Loss Surgery Options

Our comprehensive weight loss surgery program at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital includes several minimally invasive surgical procedures: mini-incision gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic gastric banding. Minimally invasive procedures decrease pain and scarring, help speed recovery and reduce complications.

Our dedicated team is prepared to answer any question you might have before, during and after surgery. Our free informational weight loss seminars and webinars introduce you to our excellent surgeons and services. We encourage you to ask questions. We also offer a wide range of educational opportunities, from nutritional counseling with our registered dietitians to pre- and post-surgical consultations and specially designed exercise classes for our weight loss patients. We also hold special support group meetings where you will be well supported by the bariatric team facilitators and appreciate the camaraderie of fellow patients who are also experiencing the weight loss journey.

Weight loss surgery is not the 'easy way.' It's not a cure – it's a tool. One reason I was success after surgery was the support; I never felt alone in the process.

– Meg, 160 lbs lost & counting