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Meet Your Weight Loss Goals Through Surgery 

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Sleeve gastrectomy procedure can help

If you’re one of the many Americans who have tried and failed to lose weight on your own, Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center may be able to help you reach your weight loss goals for good.

“Unfortunately, many Americans become overwhelmed and feel helpless when they are unable to lose weight on their own,” says Denis Halmi, M.D., medical director of Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center. “For them, weight loss surgery is the only viable option for losing the weight and achieving a healthier lifestyle.”

 

Stafford resident LeAnda Garrison
is 108 pounds lighter one year
after having a sleeve gastrectomy
procedure done at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center offers minimally invasive techniques for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric banding, gastric bypass and a less-known procedure called sleeve gastrectomy.

“The sleeve gastrectomy surgical procedure is a very good option for successful weight loss,” says Dr. Halmi. “During the procedure, approximately 75 percent of the stomach is removed permanently, leaving a cylindrical or sleeve-shaped stomach. While the stomach is drastically reduced in size, its function is preserved.”

Stafford resident LeAnda Garrison recently had the sleeve gastrectomy procedure done at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and has lost 108 pounds.

“I feel great,” says LeAnda. “I chose the sleeve gastrectomy procedure over the band and gastric bypass because I wanted to get pregnant again and felt more comfortable with the sleeve because the digestive system is kept intact and the intestines are not altered. Dr. Halmi explained my options and I thought the sleeve gastrectomy fit my personal situation – and I’m very happy with my choice.

“I actually felt back to normal after a week, but I waited another week to go back to work. Recovery was very quick,” she says.

According to Dr. Halmi, after sleeve gastrectomy, approximately two-thirds of patients can expect to lose 50 to 75 percent of their excess weight within the first year.

“Our staff works with each patient to help them decide which surgical option is best for them,” says Dr. Halmi. “This is a serious decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and we thoroughly explain their options.”

Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center has been named a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of excellent outcomes in bariatric surgery.

For more information about Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center, please call 703-523-1188.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminars
To learn more at our free Weight Loss Surgery Seminars in Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, and Springfield, and request our free weight loss surgery brochure, please call 703-221-2500 or register online
 


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