Weight loss surgery in Reston, Virginia

Reston Hospital Center is proud to offer surgical weight loss options, such as the gastric sleeve procedure and minimally invasive robotic surgery. This is to ensure you have the opportunity to lose weight and lead a healthier life even if your nonsurgical attempts to lose weight have been unsuccessful. When you choose us as your weight loss partners, you gain a team of medical professionals and a variety of resources to help you successfully lose weight.

For more information about Reston Hospital Center's weight loss surgery program, please call (703) 234-7406.

Understanding bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is the general term for a variety of surgical procedures used to decrease your weight and improve your overall health. Often referred to as "weight loss surgery," bariatric surgery is not a cosmetic procedure. It is a tool, not a cure, that bariatric surgeons use to treat patients with morbid obesity (having a body mass index of 40 or greater). To make an informed decision, educate yourself about the types, benefits and potential complications of the various bariatric surgery methods.

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Benefits of bariatric surgery

As with all surgeries, there are benefits and risks with bariatric surgery, but, unlike some surgeries, it also requires a commitment to significant lifestyle changes after the operation. When deciding if this surgery is right for you, consider that bariatric surgery helps with obesity-related conditions such as:

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

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.

Minimally invasive weight loss procedures

At Reston Hospital Center, our bariatric surgeons use minimally invasive robotic surgery or laparoscopic methods for nearly all procedures. This means major operations, such as the gastric bypass surgery, can be performed through tiny incisions with miniature surgical instruments. This typically results in less post-surgical pain, a shorter hospital stay, a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery time.

Some of the procedures we offer include:

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.

Gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y)

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 bariatric surgeons can perform revisional surgery to alter or repair a previous weight loss surgery. Some reasons this may be needed is poor weight loss, weight regain or other complications.

Blue Distinction Center Bariatric Surgery

Reston Hospital Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of Blur Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has recognized Reston Hospital Center with a BDC for Bariatric Surgery designation through the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program. Learn about higher quality care for bariatric surgery patients visit Blue Distinction Specialty Care.

Comprehensive weight loss support

Our comprehensive weight loss support services include:

Free information sessions

We offer free weight loss surgery seminars to interested patients. (Reservations are required.)

To sign up for a free, informational bariatric surgery seminar, please register online or call (877) 689-3627.

Support groups

Support groups give weight loss surgery patients an invaluable opportunity to share their personal experiences and learn from other patients’ experiences.

To learn more about the next support group meeting, please call (877) 689-3627.

Other weight loss resources

  • Therapy and fitness programs—We offer medically supervised fitness and therapy programs on campus to help you reach your weight loss goals.
  • Nutrition services—Our registered dietitians provide ongoing nutritional support by developing a personalized nutrition plan for you.

Personalized bariatric programs

Teresa Highley, MSN, RN, CNOR, CBN, is a certified bariatric and perioperative nurse who serves as the Bariatric Program Coordinator for Reston Hospital Center. In this role, she helps patients navigate the surgical weight loss program experience to feel safe, respected and empowered. She also serves as a nurse leader, resource and advocate for patients and families participating in the weight loss journey and works collaboratively with patients, clinicians and team members to ensure the best possible experience before, during and after surgery.  

To reach our bariatric coordinator directly, please contact her at (703) 689-9328 or Email Teresa Highley.

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Travel Concierge Guide: For out-of-town patients and family members

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Reston Hospital Center is proud to offer an array of nationally recognized surgical services including one of the region’s most comprehensive robot-assisted surgery programs.

For family members of patients traveling from out-of-town or internationally, we have developed a travel concierge guide to help alleviate any additional stresses or concerns during you visit. Please utilize our helpful guide to schedule your stay in our beautiful city of Reston, Virginia.

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Bariatric surgery at HCA Virginia

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric procedures, but all focus on making modifications to the digestive system with the goal of significant weight loss.

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