Bariatric Surgery Program

Weight-Loss Surgery Support & Resources

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If you're considering weight-loss surgery or have already had it, join us for free at Lighter Life Obesity Support Group meetings.

We meet at 5:30 p.m. on every third Tuesday of the month.

Nutrition counseling plays a crucial role in the weight-loss surgery process. We'll help you before and after the procedure to set goals and establish successful eating habits.

Weight-Loss Procedures: Surgical & Non-Surgical Options

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Weight-loss procedures reduce the amount of food your body can take in. These procedures use different methods to reduce your food and calorie intake. Some completely bypass your stomach, while others shrink or reshape it. 

Before any procedure, you'll meet with healthcare providers. They, along with your primary care provider, will review your lifestyle, eating habits, and mental and physical condition to decide if you qualify and which procedure may be best.

Weight-loss procedures usually require a short hospital stay.

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Weight-Loss Surgery: Who Qualifies?

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If you are very obese and haven't been able to have lasting weight loss through dieting, medication and lifestyle changes, a weight-loss 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 Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35
  • Have the approval of your primary care provider

If you're considering having a weight-loss procedure at UVA, you'll also need to complete this seminar.

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Weight-Loss Surgery

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"Obesity is a preventable medical condition that can cause diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and joint problems. If exercise and diet alone have failed to help, weight loss surgery offers an effective way to lose weight and improve your health. At UVA, we have the most experienced bariatric and metabolic surgery team in Central Virginia. We offer the following procedures: Surgical options: Gastric bypass Sleeve gastroplasty Non-surgical options:
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Bruce D Schirmer

Bruce D Schirmer, MD

Title:
Professor
Division:
General Surgery
Primary Location:
Surgical Care
Phone:
434.924.2104
Peter T. Hallowell

Peter T. Hallowell, MD

Title:
Associate Professor
Division:
General Surgery
Primary Location:
Surgical Care
Phone:
434.243.4811