Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Weight Loss Surgery

It Starts Today – How obesity surgery helps people reclaim their lives

We offer minimally invasive techniques for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic gastric banding (LAP-BAND®). These procedures are primarily restrictive surgeries that limit the ability of the stomach to store food. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric banding have been shown to be safe and effective for weight loss.

In 1991, the National Institutes of Health officially endorsed certain type of weight loss surgeries as accepted treatments for selected patients. Since 2006, Medicare has also approved and endorsed these operations as well. The surgery is normally reserved for patients who are morbidly obese (BMI over 40). However, patients at lower weights (BMI of 35 or more) with serious obesity-related medical conditions may be considered for the surgery.

At Inova Bariatric, in conjunction with Inova Bariatrics, weight lost surgery is primarily performed by laparoscopic (“keyhole”) techniques. In laparoscopic surgery, the operation is performed by placing thin, long instruments and a small, lighted telescope through several small incisions (each less than ½ an inch) in the abdomen.

Compared with the traditional long abdominal incision, these smaller incisions are less painful, faster to heal, and have lower risk of infection and hernia formation.