You’ve come to the right place. With no program fee and affordable self-pay options, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s weight loss surgery program offers high quality care with positive results for our patients—as our patients can attest. From pre-admission and pre-operative screenings to post-operative care, treatment and support, our team is there for you each step of the way.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends weight loss surgery as an option for those who have a body mass index of 35 or greater and have other health risks.
Free Informational Seminars
We know the decision to have weight loss surgery is not simple, but it can be life changing. That’s why we offer free, twice-monthly free informational seminars on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. You’ll meet our Metabolic and Bariatric Coordinator and one of the board-certified bariatric surgeons, as they walk you through our program requirements and success stories. Sign up by calling 757-312-3000 or clicking the link below.
Why choose us?
Our surgical program is an Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center and Level 1 facility and an Aetna Institute of Quality. We offer dedicated authorization specialists to assist with the verification of your health benefits, we work with most major insurances and we offer affordable self-pay options.
Making the choice to have bariatric surgery is not simple. Those considering it can find out more about expectations, recovery and follow-up at a free information seminar. Our program is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program Center of Excellence. We offer:
Free Weight Loss Informational Sessions held second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.and some Saturday sessions.
Our program offers a dedicated Metabolic and Bariatric Program Coordinator who guides patients through every step of the weight loss surgery process. Nutrition counseling is provided as a part of your care plan, and you receive the guidance you need from one-on-one follow-up appointments and a support group of peers. The Bariatric Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month and is attended by fellow patients at every stage of the weight loss surgery process.
Our surgeons perform three types of weight loss surgery, and will work with you to determine which is best for you after testing and individual consultation.
Gastric Bypass involves the creation of a small stomach pouch using a stapling device. A section of the small intestine is attached directly to the pouch. This reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses a section of the small intestines. The result is often a dramatic loss of weight. The weight loss slows as the body approaches average weight for gender and size.
Sleeve gastrectomy involves the removal of a large section of the stomach, which leaves a banana-shaped section, or sleeve, that is sealed using staples. Creating a smaller stomach pouch limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time. Your body will stop storing excess calories and start using fat as an energy source. This procedure does not alter normal digestion.
Gastric banding involves the placement of a silicone band around the top portion of the stomach. After it is inserted, the surgeon can adjust the fit by inflating or deflating the band using a saline solution. The process doesn’t alter the way your body processes food. It reduces your stomach’s capacity so you feel fuller sooners.
Joy Butler is going sky diving this year. But two years ago, that wasn’t an option for the native of Carrsville, Va. At age 39, she had reached an all-time-low with an all-time-high weight of 413 pounds. She suffered from sleep apnea and was taking six different medications. She was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and often could not walk for more than 15 minutes at a time.
“I was as miserable as one could be,” says Joy. “I was 39-years-old and was unable to walk without a shopping cart to lean on. Many times I would have my groceries loaded into the car and sit and cry from the pain and disappointment with what my life had become.”
She had tried every diet out there, finding some success with Weight Watchers and exercise, but ultimately gained the weight back plus more. For many years, Joy desired to have gastric bypass surgery, but her insurance would not cover it. Finally, she decided to take action.
“Once I hit my rock bottom, I decided enough was enough. I made the decision to pay for the surgery on my own,” she says. “My health problems alone were enough to take my life. So I knew that if I didn’t do something soon, I would die.”
With the decision made, Joy attended a Weight Loss Information Session at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. There, she heard from one of the weight loss surgeons along with a patient who had been through the surgery. It confirmed that this was the right decision for her. Dr. Glen Moore performed Joy’s surgery in 2015.
“After my first appointment with Dr. Moore,I was impressed with how he genuinely cared about his patients and he didn’t make me feel bad about my weight. He truly wanted to help me have the healthy life I deserved,” Joy says.
Joy remained committed to improving her life even through the hard work post-operation. She exercised, followed the eating guidelines and saw results. It’s been two years, and she continues to exercise five days a week, doing cardio and strength training after work. She was taken off all of her medications and no longer suffers from sleep apnea. In fact, she has lost a total of 230 pounds.
“The best moments for me since surgery have been the ability to simply enjoy life. I can walk without pain, cross my legs, sit in the car without the touching the steering wheel, ride a roller coaster, fit comfortably in the seats at the movie theater and so much more. I now have self-confidence,” says Joy.
Joy continues to work hard to maintain her weight. She comes to the monthly support groups at CRH and even mentors new patients in the program. She encourages them to see this surgery as a tool.
“From the first interaction I had with this program at the informational seminar, to the last pre-op appointment, I felt thoroughly informed from start to finish on what to expect. It gave me the tool I needed to finally be in control of what I ate and how much; gastric bypass gave me my life back,” says Joy.
And she is committed to fully living out that life. Whether sky diving or shopping, Joy is, well, joyful in her ability to do the things she once thought would be impossible for her to accomplish.
“The best thing for me since having this surgery is the ability to live life again instead of watching it pass me by,” she says. “Weight loss surgery was the best decision of my life; I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
To attend a free Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, or to learn more about this nationally accredited program, visit www.chesapeakeregional.com/programs-service/weight-loss-surgery. Melissa Mounie, bariatric and metabolic program coordinator, is happy to answer any questions about our program or self-pay plans; give her a call at 757-312-3000.
Glen Moore, M.D.
A board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, Dr. Glen L. Moore practices with Chesapeake Surgical Specialists. Dr. Moore received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. He completed his general surgery internship and residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va., where he also served as staff surgeon. During his career, Dr. Moore served as a surgical instructor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Moore is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Moore specializes in general and bariatric surgery.
David Spencer, M.D.
A board-certified general and bariatric surgeon, Dr. David D. Spencer practices with Chesapeake Surgical Specialists. Dr. Spencer received his medical degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. He completed his internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va., and his general surgery residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, Calif.
Dr. Spencer is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of both the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Spencer specializes in general and bariatric surgery.
Our bariatric and metabolic program coordinator, Melissa Mounie, L.P.N., guides patients every step of the way through medical weight loss and the bariatric surgery process, ensuring the highest quality care.