Weight loss surgery in Richmond, Virginia

Chippenham Hospital offers surgical weight loss solutions (bariatric surgery) for individuals who have not been able to lose weight with dedicated diet and exercise attempts. Through our program, we also provide the comprehensive support and resources you need to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle after surgery.

For more information about Chippenham Hospital's bariatric surgery program or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS).

Candidates for bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery procedures are used to treat patients who are severely obese, such as those who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
  • Have a BMI of 35 or higher as well as a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure

Candidates for bariatric surgery must be able to commit to permanent lifestyle changes to ensure successful weight loss. Because of this, our team counsels and educates you about these commitments before you decide to undergo surgery.

As with all surgeries, it is important to talk to your doctor about your options and educate yourself about bariatric procedures and their potential benefits and risks.

Benefits of bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery can help you sustain long-term weight loss and improve obesity-related conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea

Types of bariatric surgery we offer

Our bariatric surgeons perform the following weight loss procedures:

  • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)
  • Revisional bariatric surgery

We are proud to offer the above procedures as robotic surgeries. Robotic surgery, a type of minimally invasive surgery, requires our surgeons to use only a few small incisions. This typically leads to less scarring and shorter recoveries for our patients.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

During a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, your surgeon staples your stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch. The small intestine is then connected to the new pouch, so food can move directly from the new pouch to the new small intestine during digestion. This allows you to feel full with less food and absorb fewer calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve)

The gastric sleeve surgery involves your bariatric surgeon removing part of the stomach to create a smaller, banana-sized stomach. The smaller stomach pouch helps you feel fuller with less food.

Revisional bariatric surgery

We perform revisional bariatric surgery for patients who regain weight after surgery or experience complications from a previous surgery. Even if you have had a previous bariatric surgery elsewhere, our team will do everything we can to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

Bariatric surgery at HCA Virginia

Bariatric surgery, also commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, is generally performed on patients struggling with obesity. There are several types of bariatric surgery, but they all aim to decrease food intake with the goal of rapid weight loss.

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