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We found 4 providers matching weight loss surgery and who accept Medicare near Reston, VA.

Dr. Nicholas Steven Tapazoglou, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
301 Maple Avenue West; Suite 330
Vienna, VA
 

Dr. Nicholas Tapazoglou's specialties are general surgery and bariatric surgery. He has a special interest in weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). Dr. Tapazoglou is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, MedStar Health, and Doctors Community Hospital. He accepts Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Tapazoglou obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

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

Dr. Matthew Alexander Fitzer, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
1850a Town Center Parkway; 301
Reston, VA
 

Dr. Matthew Fitzer is a general surgery and bariatric surgery specialist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Fitzer at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures and weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery). He is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Dr. Fitzer accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He obtained his medical school training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and performed his residency at Memorial University Medical Center. Dr. Fitzer (or staff) speaks Telephone Interpretation, Spanish, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr. Osvaldo Cespedes Anez, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
462 Herndon Parkway; Suite 101
Herndon, VA
 

Dr. Osvaldo Anez practices general surgery and bariatric surgery. Dr. Anez has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Medicare insurance. After completing medical school at National University of La Plata, he performed his residency at Washington Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

All Interests: Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Hernia

Dr. Kenneth Mark Brooks, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
1830 Town Ctr Drive; Suite 405
Reston, VA
 

Dr. Kenneth Brooks is an adult cardiologist and interventional cardiologist. Patient reviews placed Dr. Brooks at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, MultiPlan, and Anthem. He 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) speaks the following foreign languages: Amharic, Hebrew, and Spanish. He is affiliated with Inova Loudoun Hospital, Landsdowne Campus and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery)

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

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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.