Gaining Ground Against Obesity with Surgical Weight Loss


Patient Tiffani Joyner and Anthony Terracina, MD

When a person is obese, there is a higher probability that other health issues exist. Anthony Terracina, MD, performs weight loss surgery at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate and is inspired by the health transformation patients experience after surgical weight loss.

“With one surgery, a number of conditions can be reversed,” said Dr. Terracina. “When I performed my first surgical weight loss procedure almost 15 years ago, the patient reported normal blood pressure, reversed diabetes and better quality of life very soon after surgery. That’s when I knew this was the field for me. ”

Surgical weight loss can be performed through a variety of approaches. While the gastric bypass is more complex, it reverses diabetes in more than 90 percent of patients. The gastric sleeve and gastric banding approaches result in slightly slower weight loss.

Gastric sleeve is the newest surgical weight loss procedure, having been adopted by surgeons in the past 10 years. The gastric sleeve is a procedure in which the stomach is surgically reduced in size, creating a sleeve with a stapling device. According to Dr. Terracina, the gastric sleeve approach can result in similar outcomes as the gastric bypass surgery.

“When surgical weight loss is necessary, we evaluate patients individually based on their condition and personal situation,” said Dr. Terracina. “Gastric bypass is major surgery that is sometimes appropriate, but gastric sleeve is an option with less risk that can have similar results. ”

+ Find out if you qualify for Surgical Weight Loss.
+ Learn more about the variety of weight loss options and programs available through the Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute.

Excellence in Surgical Weight Loss

  • HealthGrades® ranked the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss program at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center #1 in Virginia for the past four years and in the top 5 percent of all bariatric programs nationally, based on patient outcomes.
  • Last September, the facility was also re-accredited as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

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