The decision to have weight loss surgery is life changing. In order to help patients understand the entire surgical process, we offer seminars before and after surgery. We also hold monthly support group meetings with patients who have had surgery and others who are considering if the procedure is right for them. At Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center’s Weight Loss Surgery Center, criteria for weight loss surgery includes:
Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, or 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight (IBW)
BMI of over 35 (60 pounds or more over ideal weight) and experiencing significant negative health effects (co-morbid conditions), such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
Severe obesity longer than five years
Failure of previous dieting and medical weight loss attempts
Appropriate pre-surgical evaluations and medical clearances
Age of 18 or older If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a consultation with a weight loss surgeon, please call 1-800-SENTARA.