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Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery in Northern Virginia?

Updated: Feb 18



If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery in the area, you have probably searched the term "Weight Loss Surgery Northern Virginia"


Answering the questions below can help you determine if weight loss surgery is for you.

Questions to Consider


1. Are you at least 18 years or older?

If so, you are old enough to qualify. There are not age restrictions, but risks increase the older you get.

2. Is your BMI over 40? If not, do you experience health problems with a BMI over 35?

Height and weight determine your BMI. A BMI of 40 is considered severe obesity. Use an online BMI calculator to calculate your BMI to make sure you would qualify.

3. Are you able to take vitamin supplements for life?

Daily vitamin supplements will be required post-surgery because you'll eat smaller portions. For overall health, vitamins provide the nutrition needed.

4. Do you consume alcohol in excess?

A high amount of alcohol consumption can complicate your post-surgery recovery and disrupt your weight, liver, and heart wellness.

5. Do you smoke?

You can have weight loss surgery as a smoker but your doctor will encourage you to quit for your best overall health and to prevent post-surgery complications.

6. Do you have a substance abuse problem or dependency history or any psychiatric disorders?

Mental health conditions can affect obesity and make it harder to maintain results from surgery. Your doctors may delay surgery to ensure that any mental health conditions are managed.

7. Are you able to attend follow-up appointments for life?

Annual follow-ups are needed after weight loss surgery. Visits can be with different doctors such as a surgeon, a physician's assistant, a registered dietician and a mental healthcare provider.

8. Are you able to make the lifestyle changes needed after surgery?

Your surgery won’t be successful if changes are not made. You will need to commit to a diet plan and maintain accountability if you continue with weight loss surgery in Northern Virginia.


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9. Can you withstand major surgery?

Surgery comes with risks, and you must be in good health for these weight loss procedures.

10. Are you limited physically?

Being able to perform aerobic and anaerobic exercise is a necessity for surgery. Starting a workout regimen pre-surgery will help you adjust to exercising post-surgery.

Do I Qualify?


Answering yes to most of these questions could mean you are a great candidate for weight loss surgery. Schedule an appointment with a surgeon to review your medical history and decide which type of weight loss procedure could work for you.


[Related Article: Does Insurance Cover my Weight Loss Surgery?]

Schedule a Consultation for Weight Loss Surgery in Northern Virginia

Call us today at Northern Virginia Surgical Specialists to set up a consultation. We can help you learn more about your coverage and payment options as well, 540-347-2805.

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