Virginia Bariatric Surgery Center Seeing a Rise in Lap Band Procedures

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With the recent news about heart health benefits, Virginia has found that Lap Band Surgery is one of the most popular bariatric surgeries today.

Virginia Bariatric Surgery Center is offering more and more patients one of the most popular bariatric surgeries today, the Lap Band.

Coming off the recent news that the Cleveland Clinic found adjustable gastric banding surgery to be heart-healthy (, many people are now considering the surgery. The lap band surgery has been available in the United States for over a decade now and is becoming a more and more popular option for weight loss surgery candidates in Virginia.

The lap band ( itself is an implant that is positioned around the top of the stomach, while the port is fixed to the abdominal muscles nears the belly button. The band works like a restrictor, with each bite of a meal the food has to go through the small area just above the band and takes a little longer to go through the normal eating process, which in turn tricks your body into feeling full while eating a smaller amount of food than normal.

The lap band operation takes about 30 minutes and most of the patients leave the hospital the same day making it an easier choice than other bariatric surgery options. The amount of serious complications due to the lap band is the lowest of all the popular bariatric operations. Average weight loss from the lap band is around 45 percent of the patient’s excess weight. The lap band will need to be adjusted periodically through a patient’s life, but is not too much of an inconvenience to their daily routine.

Dr. Matthew Fitzer (, the head surgeon at the Virginia Bariatric Surgery Center, has performed many Lap Band procedures. Dr. Fitzer is a well-respected weight loss surgeon who has a great deal of experience and knowledge when it comes to Lap Band surgery in Virginia.

To learn more about Lap Band surgery in Virginia or Dr. Matthew Fitzer, please call (703) 709-9771 or visit

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