Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?

According to the National Institute of Health, there are several medically accepted criteria for defining clinically severe or morbid obesity. You are likely severely or morbidly obese if you are:

  • More than 100 lbs over your ideal body weight
  • Carrying a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40
  • Carrying a BMI greater than 35 and experiencing negative health effects, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or elevated cholesterol, related to being severely overweight
  • Unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting

If you are severely obese, you’ve probably tried it all. Despite your best efforts to lose weight you haven’t been able to keep it off. You’ve gained your weight back and then some. If you’ve tried it all, and the yo-yo diets online leave you more frustrated, there are new options for you.

  1. Gastric Banding
    The FDA approved LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System helps you gradually lose and control your weight by reducing the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time.
  2. Gastric Bypass
    Roux-en-Y results in a smaller stomach and lets food bypass part of the small intestine. The feeling of being full comes much quicker than when your stomach was its original size. That reduces the amount of food you eat.
  3. Sleeve Gastrectomy
    By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.

Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center

Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center is Virginia’s leading surgical weight loss program. In fact, it’s ranked in the top 5% of all bariatric programs nationwide. The Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center at Maryview Medical Center has been re-accredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and was ranked the top program in Virginia by HealthGrades in 2010/2011.

The Center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists provides comprehensive care for the whole person both before, during, and after the surgical procedure. In addition to a highly-experienced surgical team, the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center offers:

  • One-on-One Care Coordination
    Our bariatric coordinator helps to make your experience more pleasant by understanding your need to have questions answered. The coordinator will help you arrange for pre- and post-surgical evaluations, and encourage you to attend our workshops and support group meetings.
  • Nutritional Counseling
    Our Registered Dietitians specialize in helping individuals with severe obesity understand how to transition into healthy eating habits after surgery. The dietitian consults one-on-one with each surgical candidate to help provide extensive education and answer questions as they arise.
  • Psychological Counseling
    Prior to surgery, each individual has a confidential, individual counseling session with our licensed, experienced psychologist. This provides surgical candidates with opportunities to discuss emotional issues related to severe obesity and better prepare for significant weight loss.
  • Support Groups
    Our support group meets monthly to help individuals considering surgery to hear first-hand how surgical weight loss has changed lives. In addition, our support group helps post-surgical individuals by providing additional information about proper nutrition and lifestyle changes and encouraging participants as they seek permanent changes in their lives.

+ Learn more about the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.
+ Find out if you are a candidate for Surgical Weight Loss.

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