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Guide for Getting Started with your Weight Loss Surgery Plan 

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Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is not for everyone and before going any further, you should find out if you meet the criteria for Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Program in Northern Virginia.

Talk to Your Doctor
Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision that an dramatically improve your quality of life and can help reduce several life-threatening diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol. While these benefits of weight loss surgery sound very appealing, there are some risks and factors you should discuss with your doctor.

Aside from discussing your medical history and current physical condition with your primary care physician and surgeon, asking the right questions are an important way to help you learn more about your medical condition.

Here are some questions that can guide you in determining whether surgery is right for you:

How would I benefit from surgery for weight loss? 

In my current health condition, what are the best options for me?

Am I a candidate for a particular surgical procedure?

What other health considerations should I have regarding surgery for weight loss?

What are the other steps I should take to prepare for the operation?

Do Research on Latest Weight Loss Surgery Procedures

Once you and your doctor have determined that you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, we recommend you do some research. It is incredibly important to read about the latest techniques and weight loss surgery options, as well as investigate the records and quality score of potential surgeons and ask plenty of questions. For most surgery candidates, the first stop should be your primary care doctor's office.

Weight Loss Surgery Resources

American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control
The American Obesity Association
The Obesity Action Coalition
Official Blog of the Obesity Action Coalition
FDA
Medicine Plus

Attend an Informational Seminar

Making an important decision like getting a weight loss procedure done is no easy task to do on your own. That is why we offer informational sessions for those beginning the journey to weight loss.

Learn more about gastric bypass, the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band or gastric sleeve surgery in a Sentara weight loss surgery information session led by one of our board-certified and highly experienced surgeons.

You will also get a chance to meet the weight loss surgeons and registered dietitian and find out more about the surgery, insurance coverage and Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center. Plus, hear firsthand from surgery patients about their experiences and what the entire weight loss process is like.

See full list of dates and locations for our free information seminars.


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