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Find a Virginia Located Bariatric Surgeon
There is currently an epidemic of obesity in Virginia. Like the rest of the United States, the prevalence of obesity in Virginia has increased substantially in recent years. Concurrent with this increase, there has been a shift in the medical community regarding the appropriate use of bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery. While previously only those with morbid obesity were considered to be candidates for bariatric surgery, the advent of the lap band procedure and the discovery that bariatric surgery provided an instantaneous cure for type II diabetes has expanded the eligibility criteria for these surgeries.
The lap band procedure involves the placement of a gastric band around the upper portion of the stomach which is then tightened to divide the stomach into a small pouch and a larger portion below. Another common bariatric procedure is gastric bypass surgery which involves sealing the upper portion of the stomach off from the lower portion and connecting the small intestine to the upper portion.
Both procedures result in significant weight loss and only bariatric surgeon can determine which may be most appropriate for you. Virginia Hospital Center has a bariatric surgery division that specializes in these surgeries.