When you decide it is time for your new beginning, it's helpful to know the steps you'll need to take in your journey. We are here to help you through each step of the way.
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone and before going any further, you should find out if it’s right for you. Here are some steps to follow:
Talk to Your Doctor
Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision that can dramatically improve your quality of life and 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?
Review Weight Loss Surgery Criteria
Understanding whether or not you meet the guidelines for weight loss surgery is the first step in getting started with your permanent weight loss solution. Determine if you are a candidate by reading through these criteria and guidelines.
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 our information seminars.
Research Your Options
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.
Understand Your Financing Options
Costs for weight loss surgery may vary greatly, particularly on your individual needs and the type of surgery you pursue. Many insurance programs will cover the cost of surgery but may have specific requirements. Learn about costs and financing your investment.
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
The Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Center at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is accredited through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.
MBSAQIP is a combination of the national bariatric surgery accreditation programs of The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). MBSAQIP establishes achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers.