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

Dr. Hazem Ahmed Elariny MD, PHD, FACS
Specializes in General Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery), Vascular Surgery
2235 Cedar Lane; Suite 101
Vienna, VA
(703) 778-6000; (703) 788-6000

Dr. Hazem Elariny's areas of specialization are head and neck surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. Dr. Elariny's areas of expertise include abdominal surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Elariny honors. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He trained at Ochsner Medical Center for his residency. Dr. Elariny has received distinctions including National Honors Society; Dean's List; and Honors Program, University of New Orleans. In addition to English, Dr. Elariny (or staff) speaks Arabic, Lithuanian, and Spanish. His professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center.

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All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, Diet Counseling, Gallbladder Surgery, Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth Mark Brooks MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
3023 Hamaker Court; 100
Fairfax, VA
(703) 641-9161; (703) 481-9191

Dr. Kenneth Brooks works as a cardiologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Brooks's hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, MultiPlan, and Anthem. Dr. Brooks is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. He has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Brooks (or staff) is conversant in Amharic, Hebrew, and Spanish.

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All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Cardiac, Sleep Disorder

Dr. Amir Houshang Moazzez MD
Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3620 Joseph Siewick Drive; Suite 200
Fairfax, VA
(703) 620-3211; (703) 878-7610

Dr. Amir Moazzez works as a colon and rectal surgeon in Fairfax, VA and Woodbridge, VA. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Moazzez's clinical interests encompass abdominal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Sentara Potomac Hospital, and Reston Hospital Center. He is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and a graduate of Georgetown University Hospital's residency program. Dr. Moazzez speaks Persian.

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All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Colon & Rectal Surgery
3650 Joseph Siewick Drive; 204
Fairfax, VA
(703) 878-7610; (703) 620-3211

Dr. Rajev Nain is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Fairfax, VA and Woodbridge, VA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nain include abdominal surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including GEHA, Blue Shield, and Anthem. He studied medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Dr. Nain completed his residency training at Christiana Care Health System. Dr. Nain (or staff) speaks Hungarian, Spanish, and Russian. Dr. Nain's hospital/clinic affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital and Sentara Potomac Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Bariatric Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Minimally Invasive ... (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.