Surgical Weight Loss Program
Choosing to have weight loss surgery is a big decision. When you choose our practice, we take your decision very seriously. Our program provides extensive pre-surgical clearance and education along with post-surgical follow-up and support. Our goal is to fully educate you on your choices.
Understanding your procedure as well dietary and lifestyle change requirements are critical. Our quality surgeons and highly experienced staff are there to guide you through the process and to answer your questions along the way.
Your first step in our program is to attend a free information seminar. You will learn about the surgeries, the benefits of our program, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Presenting will be one of our weight loss surgeons. You will also be able to listen to the experiences of someone who has already had the surgery. You can register to attend the seminar in person or watch the online version of the seminar anytime at www.SentaraWeightLossSeminar.com.
Getting You Ready For Surgery
Medical & Psychological Clearances
Your health and safety are our utmost concerns. We schedule various medical clearance tests depending upon your particular medical conditions. We evaluate every patient thoroughly. These tests might include lab work, x-rays, a sleep apnea test, gallbladder ultrasound, EKG, or other tests. All patients are also administered a psychological clearance test.
Education Before & After Surgery
Following weight loss surgery you will have to make some changes in diet and lifestyle. We provide you with all of the information and resources you will need. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff is there to guide you through the changes you will need to adopt and to answer your questions.
Wellness & Nutrition Class
This class is taught by a registered dietician and an exercise physiologist. The class teaches the diet and exercise habits necessary for long-term success after surgery.
A couple of weeks before surgery you will meet again with the bariatric program coordinator and registered dietician. They will review the clinical and hospital information in addition to dietary and lifestyle requirements as well as answer any last-minute questions.
One-Month After Surgery Class
A month after surgery you will meet with the registered dietician and exercise physiologist to review dietary next steps and to answer any of your questions.
Center of Excellence
Our surgeons and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital have passed a rigorous examination of our clinical quality and program attributes to be certified as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons. We are also accredited by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery, United Resource Networks Bariatric Centers of Excellence Network, and we are a CIGNA Certified Hospital for Bariatric Surgery.