Getting Started
Welcome and congratulations on making an important decision towards a healthier life.   

Do I Qualify For Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery? 

To qualify for bariatric weight loss surgery, you must meet the following criteria established by the National Institute of Health.  Some insurance companies have additional criteria that must also be met.

• You must be 100 lbs over ideal weight.  That means you have a Body Mass Index or BMI of 40 or more.You also qualify if you have a BMI over 35 if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure.(Click here to calculate your BMI) 
•You should have tried previous weight loss attempts. 
•Before your surgery you will understand and be committed to the behavioral changes that will be required after surgery. 

Before deciding whether or not you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, your surgeon will conduct a medical evaluation.  You may not qualify for surgery if you have pre-existing conditions such as alcoholism, hepatic cirrhosis with impaired liver functions, serious psychiatric disability and/or correctable hormonal causes of obesity.

How to Choose a Bariatric Surgeon and why patients are choosing us.
Choosing your bariatric surgeon is a very important step. One of the first points to consider is the surgeon's experience performing bariatric surgery. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) found that experienced surgeons had significantly reduced bariatric surgery complication rates. All of our surgeons have the highest training available in their specialty, having completed extensive fellowships in minimally invasive bariatric surgery from large, prestigious universities including The George Washington University and The Virginia Commonwealth University.  0ur ASMBS and Board Certifed surgeons continue to have safety outcomes better than the national average. 

Another good gauge of quality is a Center of Excellence (COE) designation. COE programs and surgeons must meet strict criteria relating to quality of care in order to be designated a COE.  For years, our surgeons and program has had the designation as a Center of Excellence by The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

A third point to consider is commitment to your success. Your surgeon should provide pre-op and post-op care through follow-up appointments, support-group resources, and other information as needed. 

Your safety is always our greatest concern, and for years we are proud to have outcomes better than the national average with a zero mortality rate to date.  Many of our satisfied patients come to us having been referred by their family and friends.  Visit our testimonial page to hear some of our patient success stories.  
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