Choosing weight loss surgery in Northern Virginia can be a life-changing commitment and a decision to be made with care.

Reston Hospital Center is proud to offer surgical weight loss options, such as bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery, to obese patients whose nonsurgical attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful.

Weight loss surgery, often called bariatric surgery, is not a cosmetic procedure. It's an educated surgical decision to improve your health and lifespan. Patients who opt for weight loss surgery at Reston Hospital see their lives transformed, with marked improvements in their health and quality of life. The transformative journey requires work and commitment, and we're here to help you navigate your new and life-altering path.

Our MBSAQIP-accredited bariatric surgery program is home to surgeons Osvaldo Anez, MD, Matthew Fitzer, MD, Brett Sachse, MD, and Karim Trad, MD. Our bariatric team spans all aspects of the surgical weight loss journey, providing a comprehensive program for Northern Virginia.

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At Reston Hospital, nearly all surgical weight loss procedures are performed using minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques. This means major operations, such as gastric bypass surgery can be performed through tiny incisions with specialized miniature surgical instruments. The result: reduced postsurgical pain, shortened hospital stays, shorter overall recovery time and lowered risk of complications and infection.

These procedures have been shown in long-term medical studies to help patients safely, effectively and permanently lose over 50 percent of their excess weight, improving health, mobility and quality of life.

These procedures have been shown in long-term medical studies to help patients safely, effectively and permanently lose over 50 percent of their excess weight, improving health, mobility and quality of life. The weight loss surgical procedures performed at Reston Hospital are:

*The information provided on each procedure are guidelines. Variances in treatment are possible according to each surgeon's preference.

We offer regular information sessions to Northern Virginia patients considering weight loss surgery (or bariatric surgery). The sessions are free but reservations are required.

Register Here to, or call (877) 689-DOCS (3627).

For any additional questions please call our bariatric program coordinator at 703-689-9328. We would love to hear from you!

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Danielle trusted the weight loss surgery team at Reston Hospital Center to walk her through her weight loss journey. Here’s her story!

The team of professionals at Reston Hospital Center and Virginia Bariatric Associates literally changed my life for the better! When I first found them in October 2014, I weighed 222 lbs and was miserable. My obesity didn't affect my physical health as much as my mental health and self-esteem. I had been heavy since I was seven years old, and I was self-conscious and ashamed about how I looked all the time. I was always reluctant to go out with friends because I knew that I stood out as “the fat one” of the group and it was painful to go shopping for clothes and having salespeople and other shoppers stare at me.

When I walked into the doctor’s office, though, I was surrounded by the most supportive, empathetic group of professionals I could have hoped for. Every single person was a cheerleader for me — and believe me, I saw a lot of the office staff because my insurance required six months of pre-surgery visits and monitoring. At first I thought those six months would be a waste of my time: I just wanted to get the surgery done so I could lose weight! But it turned out that the six months of preparation I had with VA Bariatric Associates was the biggest key to my weight loss success. Rather than just telling me what to eat — because what fat person doesn't know that already? — they taught me how to eat. I had to learn how to take small bites, chew food really slowly and thoroughly, wait for a minute in between bites, and some other rules that prepared me for life after surgery. And though I initially was looking for a short-cut to get the surgery done faster, it really took the full six months for me to establish those good eating habits that I still live by!

Another thing I loved throughout my journey is that, after my gastric bypass in March 2015, the physician's assistant met with me often and told me exactly what to expect. She was amazing -- she knew how my body would be feeling on a certain day; when I would be feeling better; when I would start to lose weight; and when I might start to struggle with my new eating regimen. It was so reassuring to know that I wasn't alone in this life-changing journey.

Because of the surgery and my new eating habits, I lost weight steadily for 16 months before I finally plateaued at 125 lbs. I've gone from a size 22 Petite to a 4 Petite, and I haven't felt self-conscious or embarrassed in ages. I am now 24 months post-surgery and I still feel that way about my experience. The team been checking in with me regularly, and have been super-helpful and responsive when I've called them with questions. The whole team has not only been supportive, but they are experts at what they do — listen to their guidance, and you will have amazing, life-changing success like I've had.

Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of weight loss surgical procedures. The surgery is a tool, not a cure, to help treat weight problems. Our mission is to help patients transform their lives through surgical weight loss when nonsurgical attempts have been unsuccessful.

Weight loss surgery is intended not only to decrease your weight but also to improve your overall health. Obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, are greatly reduced after weight loss surgery.

The surgery involves both risks and a commitment to significant lifestyle changes. To make an informed decision, educate yourself about the types, benefits and potential complications of the various bariatric surgery methods.

Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Most nonsurgical weight loss programs are based on a combination of diet, behavior modification and regular exercise. Unfortunately, even the most effective interventions don't work for everyone. It's estimated that less than 5 percent of individuals who participate in nonsurgical weight loss programs will lose a significant amount of weight and maintain that loss for an extended period of time.

Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese–usually defined as being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or having a body mass index of 40 or higher–is even harder to achieve. And serious health risks have been identified for people who move from diet to diet, subjecting their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as "yo-yo dieting."

Bariatric weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), allow patients to drastically reduce the amount of food they consume by surgically creating a smaller stomach pouch. Most gastric procedures reduce the stomach's holding capacity from about two quarts to two ounces or less. When eating, this pouch fills quickly. Because patients feel satisfied and full sooner, they eat less.

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Bariatric surgery can save lives and continues to benefit people struggling with morbid obesity worldwide. With each successful procedure, the medical community sees further evidence that bariatric surgery is an effective weight loss tool and treatment for obesity-related health conditions. Studies show that bariatric surgery patients are living longer lives of higher quality.

The risk of an early death for an obese person is twice that of a non-obese person, according to recent studies. Morbid obesity can shorten lives and cause life-threatening health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Weight loss surgery helps decrease your chances of these and other conditions, including sleep apnea, joint problems and arthritis.

With treatment, there's a greater likelihood that a patient can look forward to better health and a longer life.

All surgeries and medical procedures carry risk. It's important to talk to your doctor, other weight loss surgery patients and your loved ones to best understand the benefits and risks for your individual situation.

Important Considerations

Surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all options. It's important to discuss the following issues with your doctor:

  • These procedures are in no way to be considered cosmetic surgery.
  • The surgery does not involve the removal of adipose tissue (fat) by suction or excision.
  • A decision to choose surgical treatment requires a patient's careful assessment of risks vs. benefits.
  • The success of weight loss surgery depends on long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
  • Problems can arise after bariatric surgery that may require additional surgery.

Complications and Risks

As with any surgery, there are potential risks of surgical and long-term complications. These should be discussed with your doctor. However, for many patients, the risk of death from obesity-related health complications is greater than the risk of complications from bariatric surgery.

Among the possible surgical risks are:

  • Bleeding
  • Complications from anesthesia and medications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Reopening of the incision
  • Infections
  • Leaks from staple line breakdown
  • Marginal ulcers
  • Pulmonary problems
  • Spleen injury
  • Stenosis