Choosing weight loss surgery in Northern Virginia can be a life-changing commitment and a decision to be made with care.
StoneSprings Hospital Center is proud to offer surgical weight loss options, such as bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery, to obese patients whose nonsurgical attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful.
Weight loss surgery, often called bariatric surgery, is not a cosmetic procedure. It's an educated surgical decision to improve your health and lifespan. Patients who opt for weight loss surgery at StoneSpriings Hospital see their lives transformed, with marked improvements in their health and quality of life. The transformative journey requires work and commitment, and we're here to help you navigate your new and life-altering path.
At StoneSprings Hospital, nearly all surgical weight loss procedures are performed using minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques. This means major operations, such as gastric bypass surgery can be performed through tiny incisions with specialized miniature surgical instruments. The result: reduced postsurgical pain, shortened hospital stays, shorter overall recovery time and lowered risk of complications and infection.
These procedures have been shown in long-term medical studies to help patients safely, effectively and permanently lose over 50 percent of their excess weight, improving health, mobility and quality of life.
These procedures have been shown in long-term medical studies to help patients safely, effectively and permanently lose over 50 percent of their excess weight, improving health, mobility and quality of life. The weight loss surgical procedures performed at StoneSprings Hospital are:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery*
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy*
- Endoscopic bariatric procedures*
- Robotic gastric bypass surgery*
- Robotic sleeve surgery*
- Revisional bariatric surgery, performed to alter or repair a previous weight loss surgery because of poor weight loss, weight regain or complications
*The information provided on each procedure are guidelines. Variances in treatment are possible according to each surgeon's preference.
We offer regular information sessions to Northern Virginia patients considering weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery). The sessions are free but reservations are required.
For any additional questions, please call our bariatric program coordinator at (703) 689-9328. We would love to hear from you!
Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of weight loss surgical procedures. The surgery is a tool, not a cure, to help treat weight problems. Our mission is to help patients transform their lives through surgical weight loss when nonsurgical attempts have been unsuccessful.
Weight loss surgery is intended not only to decrease your weight but also to improve your overall health. Obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, are greatly reduced after weight loss surgery.
The surgery involves both risks and a commitment to significant lifestyle changes. To make an informed decision, educate yourself about the types, benefits and potential complications of the various bariatric surgery methods.
Bariatric weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), allow patients to drastically reduce the amount of food they consume by surgically creating a smaller stomach pouch. Most gastric procedures reduce the stomach's holding capacity from about two quarts to two ounces or less. When eating, this pouch fills quickly. Because patients feel satisfied and full sooner, they eat less.
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Bariatric surgery can save lives and continues to benefit people struggling with morbid obesity worldwide. With each successful procedure, the medical community sees further evidence that bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss tool and treatment for obesity-related health conditions. Studies show that bariatric surgery patients are living longer lives of higher quality.
The risk of an early death for an obese person is twice that of a non-obese person, according to recent studies. Morbid obesity can shorten lives and cause life-threatening health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Weight loss surgery helps decrease your chances of these and other conditions, including sleep apnea, joint problems and arthritis.
With treatment, there's a greater likelihood that a patient can look forward to better health and a longer life.
All surgeries and medical procedures carry risk. It's important to talk to your doctor, other weight loss surgery patients and your loved ones to best understand the benefits and risks for your individual situation.
Surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all options. It's important to discuss the following issues with your doctor:
- These procedures are in no way to be considered cosmetic surgery.
- The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision.
- A decision to choose surgical treatment requires a patient's careful assessment of risks vs. benefits.
- The success of weight loss surgery depends on long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
- Problems can arise after bariatric surgery that may require additional surgery.
Complications and Risks
As with any surgery, there are potential risks of surgical and long-term complications. These should be discussed with your doctor. However, for many patients, the risk of death from obesity-related health complications is greater than the risk of complications from bariatric surgery.
Among the possible surgical risks are:
- Complications from anesthesia and medications
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Reopening of the incision
- Leaks from staple line breakdown
- Marginal ulcers
- Pulmonary problems
- Spleen injury