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VCU Health Guide to Weight Loss SurgeryVCU Medical Center has been recognized as theNo. 1 hospital – for the ninth consecutive year – inthe Richmond metropolitan area by U.S.News &World Report for 2019-20.Are you ready to transform your life?Weight loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) can have a lifelong effect on your health,significantly improving or resolving obesity-related health problems. Call us for a consultation ifyou’re ready to commit to living a new, healthier life.When to consider weight loss surgeryWhat are my weight loss surgery options?Do you have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or moreand significant health issues that would improve withweight loss? Or do you have a BMI of 40 or more, withor without health conditions affected by your weight? Ifyou’ve tried other weight loss methods without lastingsuccess, our team of specialists may be able to help.The right weight loss surgery for you will depend onmany factors, including your weight, medical conditions,past operations and age. VCU Health offers a variety ofweight loss surgery options, including: Gastric bypass Sleeve gastrectomy vBloc Therapy Revision of previous weight loss surgery(LAP-BAND or other)Call (804) 628-1486 to makean appointment today!

VCU Health Guide to Weight Loss Surgery“I once weighed 313 pounds. My health was failing.Just shopping for clothes was heartbreaking.Not anymore.”Ciara Logan, VCU Health Weight Loss Surgery Patient5,000 people have benefited from weight loss surgery at the Surgical Weight Loss Center at VCU HealthHow does weight loss surgery work?Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of thestomach with a gastric band or through removal ofa portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy) or byresecting and rerouting the small intestine to a smallstomach pouch (gastric bypass).How much weight can I expect to lose?Your doctor will talk to you about what you can expect.On average, after gastric bypass, people lose 60% oftheir extra weight, and after sleeve gastrectomy,40-50% of their extra weight.What are the potential benefits and risks of surgery?Weight loss surgery with postsurgery lifestylechanges can greatly reduce excess weight, improvingyour longevity and quality of life and reducing yourrisk of many weight-related conditions, includingcardiovascular disease and cancer. You may experienceimprovement or resolution of: Type 2 diabetes Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Hypertension Degenerative joint disease Dyslipidemia Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) Obstructive sleep apneaAll surgeries and medical procedures carry risk.It’s important to talk to your doctor, other weightloss surgery patients and your loved ones to bestunderstand the benefits and risks for yourindividual situation.Why choose VCU Health?As the only academic medical center in the region,VCU Health is on the forefront of exciting medicaladvances, providing patients with the most progressivetreatments and medical technology available.Accredited by the American Society for Metabolic andBariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Surgical Weight LossCenter at VCU Health is unique in its approach to thecare of obese patients. Our multidisciplinary team enablesus to meet the needs of our patients on many differentlevels, improving patient satisfaction and patient care.According to the American College of Surgeons,patients who undergo a weight loss operation ataccredited bariatric surgical centers have fewerpostoperative complications.We’re proud that our center has also been designateda Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by BlueCross Blue Shield.Convenient locationsStony Point 91099109 Stony Point DriveRichmond, VA 23235Ambulatory Care Center417 North 11th Street, 3rd FloorRichmond, VA 23219Call (804) 628-1486 to makean appointment today!

VCU Health Guide to Weight Loss SurgeryMeet our expert teamOur team works together, u sing the latest techniques and technology, to ensure that youreceive the best possible care. We look forward to meeting you!Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, FASMBSPaul J. Nutter Eminent Scholar Professor of SurgeryChairman, Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal SurgeryDirector, Bariatric Surgery ProgramDirector, Advanced Gastrointestinal & MIS FellowshipGretchen Aquilina, DOJennifer Salluzzo, MDAssistant ProfessorVCU School of MedicineBariatric and GastrointestinalSurgeonAssistant Professor of SurgeryVCU School of MedicineBariatric and GastrointestinalSurgeon“I chose VCU Health becausethe surgeons and their teamare true professionals and theyexude care and sensitivity. Thereis simply no other hospital toeven consider. VCU Healthhas the best doctors. Simplythe best. Now, I can hike theAppalachian Trail with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, liftweights and be optimistic thatI will meet a compatible woman.I can even do three-minuteplanks at the gym.”Art Bykonen, VCU HealthWeight Loss Surgery PatientCall (804) 628-1486 to makean appointment today!

VCU Health Guide to Weight Loss SurgeryWe’re committed to delivering the highest-quality care — that’s ourpledge to you. Take a look at the accreditation and recognition our centerhas earned from authoritative leaders in the field.Accreditations & RecognitionMetabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation andQuality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP )This center has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to qualitythat has earned the confidence, respect and trust of patients making a lifetimecommitment to healthier living. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditationfollowing a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintaincertain physical resources, human resources and standards of practice. Formore information about MBSAQIP, visit their website.Designated Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric SurgeryBlue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care, includingsurgical care, postoperative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education. These centers havelower complication rates and fewer readmissions.Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developedwith input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providerslocated in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers (BDC )also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost ofcare is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in twoLocal Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decidewhether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC national criteria. National criteria for BDCand BDC are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s innetwork status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider beforemaking an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsiblefor non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other providerfinder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.To learn more about VCU Health’s designation as a Blue Distinction Center, please Please note, BCBS recognizes VCU Healthas Medical College of VA Hospital.Call (804) 628-1486 to makean appointment today!

5,000 people have benefited from weight loss surgery at the Surgical Weight Loss Center at VCU Health. VCU Health Guide to Weight Loss Surgery Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS, FASMBS Paul J. Nutter Eminent Scholar Professor of Surgery Chairman, Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery

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