Getting Started

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 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. Follow these three simple steps to start your weight loss journey:

  1. Find out if you qualify for weight loss surgery.
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Make an appointment with a bariatric surgeon. Call 1-800-SENTARA (1-800-736-8272(1-800-736-8272).

Below are a few more tips to guide you on your journey.

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.

Discuss your medical history and current physical condition with your primary care physician and surgeon. Then, make sure you ask questions 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?

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.

Determine if Your Weight Loss Surgery Center is Accredited

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.