Bariatric surgeons in northern Virginia

Reston Hospital Center is proud to offer surgical weight loss options, such as the gastric sleeve procedure and minimally invasive robotic surgery, to patients whose nonsurgical attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful.

Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation

As a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), our skilled bariatric surgeons and weight loss teams in northern Virginia provide comprehensive care and support throughout your weight loss journey.

For more information about our weight loss surgery program, please call (703) 234-7406. To sign up for a free bariatric surgery seminar, please register online or call (877) 689-3627.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of weight loss surgical procedures. Often called weight loss surgery, bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. It is an educated surgical decision to improve your health and lifespan.

Bariatric surgery is a tool, not a cure, that bariatric surgeons use to treat patients with morbid obesity. Morbid obesity is usually defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight or having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. Morbid obesity can shorten lives and cause life-threatening, chronic health problems.

Weight loss surgery is intended to decrease your weight and improve your overall health. 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.

Learn if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery

Benefits of bariatric surgery

Most nonsurgical weight loss programs are based on a combination of diet, behavior modification and regular exercise. However, less than five percent of nonsurgical weight loss program participants lose significant weight and maintain a long-term healthy weight. It is even harder for obese patients to lose weight with nonsurgical weight loss regimens.

Long-term medical studies show bariatric surgeries help obese patients safely, effectively and permanently lose over 50 percent of their excess weight, while improving health, mobility and quality of life.

Weight loss surgery helps reduce obesity-related health conditions, such as:

Minimally invasive weight loss procedures

At Reston Hospital, our bariatric surgeons use minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques for nearly all procedures. This means major operations, such as the gastric bypass surgery, can be performed through tiny incisions with miniature surgical instruments. Less surgical trauma to the body results in less post-surgical pain, a shorter hospital stay, a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time. We also offer minimally invasive robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci system which features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. These features enable surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Adjustable gastric banding (AGB)

In a laparoscopic gastric band procedure, your bariatric surgeon places an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch, which helps you feel full sooner with less food.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery

Our bariatric surgeons in Reston may perform gastric bypass surgery, also called a Roux-en-Y, as a laparoscopic or robotic surgery. In this procedure, your surgeon staples your stomach into two parts, creating a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then connects a portion of your small intestine to the new stomach pouch for food to flow through. This procedure helps you feel full with less food and allows your body to absorb fewer calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)

During a gastric sleeve surgery, your bariatric surgeon removes part of your stomach to create a smaller, banana-shaped stomach. The smaller stomach area allows you to feel full with less food.

Revisional bariatric surgery

Our Reston bariatric surgeons can perform revisional surgery to alter or repair a previous weight loss surgery because of poor weight loss, weight regain or complications.

Risks of weight loss surgery

Bariatric surgery should not be considered until you and your doctor have evaluated all options. It is important to discuss the following topics with your doctor:

  • Bariatric procedures are in no way equivalent to 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 versus 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.

All surgeries carry risk, and 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.

Potential risks and complications of bariatric surgery include:

  • 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

Guiding you through your weight loss journey

Rosalind (Roz) Barron BSN RN CBN

Roz Barron is a certified bariatric nurse (RN, CBN) and serves as the bariatric program coordinator for Reston Hospital Center. In this role she works in very close contact with patients and our bariatric surgeons. Roz helps maintain the connection and communication between patients, nursing and medical staff. She is both an advocate and a resource to help our patients navigate a successful bariatric surgery journey.

Roz is instrumental in helping to educate our patients on what to expect before, during and after surgery. She leads the education of nursing staff and internal team members on bariatric-specific care. She is also responsible for the monthly bariatric “Staples” support group. This is a free group to anyone looking into bariatric surgery or has had it. Roz partners with our care team to implement continuous process improvement initiatives to ensure that we offer the best care to our patients and referring physician community.

Contact our Bariatric Coordinator at (703) 689-9328 to get started today.

Weight loss surgery before joint replacement surgery

In recent studies, morbidly obese patients who had prior bariatric surgery were 75 percent less likely to have in-hospital complications for hip replacements and 31 percent less likely to have in-hospital complications for knee replacements. The risk for 90-day postoperative complications was also lower, by 14 percent for hip replacements and 61 percent for knee replacements.

Comprehensive weight loss support

When you choose Reston Hospital as your weight loss partner, you gain a team of medical professionals and a variety of resources to help you successfully lose weight. Our comprehensive weight loss support services include:

  • Free information sessions: We offer free weight loss surgery seminars to interested patients. Reservations are required. Please register for a seminar online or call (877) 689-3627.
  • Support groups: Support groups give weight loss surgery patients an invaluable opportunity to share their personal experiences with weight loss and to learn from other patients’ experiences. To learn more about the next support group meeting, please call (877) 689-3627.
  • Therapy and fitness programs: Reston Hospital offers medically supervised fitness and therapy programs on campus to help you reach your weight loss goals.
  • Nutrition services: Our registered dietitians at Reston Hospital provide ongoing nutritional support by developing a personalized nutrition plan for you.
  • Medical weight loss: We offer a 10-week intense medical weight loss program for those who wish to lose between 10 to 40 pounds. For more information, please call (703) 689-9328.