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Bariatric Surgery Program

Weight-Loss Surgery Obesity can cause a number of conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems. Weight-loss surgery, ...

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Weight-Loss Surgery

Obesity can cause a number of conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems. Weight-loss surgery, combined with exercise and a sensible diet, has controlled obesity and its effects for thousands.

Why Choose UVA?

UVA has been a leader in weight-loss surgery for more than two decades, and our doctors have performed more than 3,000 successful surgeries.

UVA's bariatric surgery program is the only program in Central Virginia recognized by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1a Accredited Bariatric Center of Excellence. This means you'll get care from a team that's nationally recognized for providing the highest levels of patient care. Our doctors have extensive experience with the most serious obesity cases, including patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 60 or higher.

UVA's care team offers a full range of weight-loss, or bariatric, procedures, including:

  • Gastric bypass, the most commonly performed weight-loss surgery in the nation
  • Gastric sleeve, an increasingly popular approach that is nearly as effective as bypass surgery for certain patients
  • Gastric banding, a lower-cost, minimally invasive approach

These techniques reduce the size of the stomach to allow the loss of life-threatening weight.

Our use of less invasive laparoscopy (where operations are performed through small incisions in the abdomen) allows us to perform these procedures with as little pain and as few complications as possible.

Is Weight-Loss Surgery For You?

If you are morbidly obese and have tried every diet, medication and lifestyle change with no long-lasting result, this procedure may be for you. You must also:

  • Feel ready to undergo a change in lifestyle and eating habits
  • Be twice your ideal body weight or more, or have a BMI greater than 35
  • Have the approval of your primary doctor

Your insurance may not cover weight-loss surgery. Be sure to check with your provider before scheduling an appointment.

Before and After

More than 3,000 patients have come to UVA for their bariatric surgery since we first started offering the procedure in 1986. The process begins with an assessment, counseling on the risks and benefits of surgery and a discussion of eating habits and lifestyle.

The surgery usually takes about one to two hours and typically requires only a two-day hospital stay.

After the operation, patients experience an average weight loss of 55-70 percent the first year and maintain over 50 percent weight loss after five years.

Gastric Sleeve

UVA doctors are the only providers in the area performing gastric sleeve surgery. 

This increasingly common procedure is less intensive than gastric bypass surgery and can be nearly as effective for many patients.

BMI Calculator

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a good calculator of whether or not you're at an unhealthy weight.

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Nutrition is Key

Nutrition counseling and diet play important roles in the weight-loss surgery process. Find out how we can help you at UVA.

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