We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Hazem Ahmed Elariny, PhD, MD
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery
301 Maple Avenue West; Suite 330
Vienna, VA
 

Dr. Hazem Elariny specializes in head and neck surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Elariny (or staff) speaks Arabic, Lithuanian, and Spanish. Clinical interests for Dr. Elariny include abdominal surgery and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Elariny's hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center. Before completing his residency at Ochsner Medical Center, Dr. Elariny attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. Dr. Elariny is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna. Dr. Elariny's distinctions include: National Honors Society; Dean's List; and Honors Program, University of New Orleans.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Colonoscopy, Colorectal ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Mark Brooks, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
3023 Hamaker Court; 100
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Kenneth Brooks sees patients in Reston, VA, Fairfax, VA, and Lansdowne, VA. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and interventional cardiology. Before performing his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Dr. Brooks attended Tulane University School of Medicine. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, MultiPlan, and Anthem, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Brooks (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Hebrew, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and Reston Hospital Center.

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All Interests: Sleep Disorders, Hypertension, Heart Problems, Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Amir Houshang Moazzez, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3620 Joseph Siewick Drive; Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Amir Moazzez is a medical specialist in colon & rectal surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Moazzez at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in abdominal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Sentara Potomac Hospital, and Reston Hospital Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, he completed his residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Moazzez speaks Persian.

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All Interests: Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia, Robotic Surgery

Dr. Rajev Ishwar Nain, MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3650 Joseph Siewick Drive; 204
Fairfax, VA
 

Dr. Rajev Nain practices colon & rectal surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass abdominal surgery. Dr. Nain is in-network for GEHA, Blue Shield, Anthem, and more. Dr. Nain attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Nain (or staff) is conversant in Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. His professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Sentara Potomac Hospital.

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All Interests: Colorectal Surgery Procedures, Abdominal Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

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What is Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is a surgical procedure performed to help significantly obese patients lose weight when more traditional methods, such as dieting and exercise, have not helped. Depending on the type, these surgeries change the gastrointestinal tract to limit how much food can be eaten and also change how food is absorbed by the body. Of the various bariatric surgeries available, the most common is gastric bypass.

By far the most common of the gastric bypass surgeries is called “Roux-en-Y.” During this surgery, part of the stomach and small intestine are detached from the gastrointestinal tract, in order to make the tract smaller. The surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The working stomach, at the end of the esophagus, is now tiny - only the size of a walnut. This makes patients feel full after eating a small amount of food. Then the small intestine is also divided, and after bypassing a section of the small intestine to reduce food absorption, the intestine is attached to the small stomach pouch. The patient now has a working stomach and intestine like before, only much smaller.

Because gastric bypass is used to treat extreme obesity, it can reduce the risk of some of the problems associated with obesity. Gastric bypass can help treat or reduce the risk for such conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is a major surgery and also carries risks itself. Any surgery can lead to infection, bleeding, or blood clots, and weight loss surgery in particular carries risks of leaks in the gastrointestinal system, malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and vomiting.

Typically patients are considered candidates for gastric bypass surgery if they have a BMI greater than 40, or sometimes if they have a BMI between 35 and 40 but are suffering from obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes. The outlook is generally good, with most patients losing between 50-75% of their excess weight in 1-2 years. However, patients must follow strict diet guidelines so that the stomach can heal, starting with no food at all, then followed by a liquid diet for some time. For many severely obese patients who have tried strict diets before without success, gastric bypass surgery is the tool that allows them to finally achieve their weight loss and health goals.