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Weight-Loss Surgery

Considering Surgery?

Living with unwanted extra weight can be unhealthy. It can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems, especially if left untreated. If you’ve been diagnosed with obesity, diet and exercise alone sometimes can’t bring your weight down.

If exercise and diet alone have failed to help, weight-loss surgery might be an option for you. Also called bariatric surgery, weight-loss surgery offers an effective way to improve your health.

Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for Me?

Weight-loss surgery isn't the right choice for everyone. Find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery.

Weight-Loss Surgery at UVA

At UVA, we have the most experienced bariatric and metabolic surgery team in Central Virginia. We offer the following weight-loss procedures:

Surgical options: 

  • Gastric bypass 
  • Sleeve gastrectomy 

Non-surgical options: 

  • Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty 
  • Endoscopic gastric balloon 

Learn more about these weight-loss procedures.

Understanding Weight-Loss Surgery

Peter Hallowell, MD, explains the types of bariatric surgery and what patients can expect. View bariatric surgery transcript.

Weight-Loss Surgery Expertise at UVA

UVA has been a leader in weight-loss surgery for more than two decades. We:

  • Offer a comprehensive program that includes:
    • Education and evaluation
    • Board certified surgeons
    • Physicians specially trained in metabolic disorders
    • Dietitians
    • Certified registered nurses
    • Behavioral health specialists
  • Have the most experienced metabolic and bariatric team in central Virginia, with more than 3,000 successful surgeries performed
  • Take patients with a BMI of 35 and higher, with special expertise treating patients with a BMI of 60 or higher
  • Are designated a comprehensive center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Are a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center
Weight-Loss Surgery: What to Expect

Preparation and Support

You’ll meet with several providers to see if you qualify and choose the right procedure for you. You’ll also consult with nutritionists and behavioral health specialists, who’ll help you review where you are now and plan for the changes to come. Find out if you qualify.

Free Online Seminar

You’ll need to take a free educational seminar. This online class will discuss the procedure, possible complications, dietary and psychological changes, and expected results. See our online seminar.

The Procedure and After

  • Weight-loss surgery takes about 1-2 hours and usually requires a two-day hospital stay.
  • Patients usually have significant weight loss in the first year after surgery and are generally able to maintain a lower weight.

Read about our weight-loss procedure options.

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