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Welcome to Virginia Bariatric Surgery Center -- your heathy future begins here.

Our goal is to provide world-class surgical outcomes with the highest level of patient satisfaction.

Case Studies
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Weight Loss Surgery patient before and after gastric bypass surgery.

Performed By - Dr. Matthew A. Fitzer, M.D.

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Why should I not drink carbonated beverages after Roux-en Y Bypass?

I had hype surgery 11 years ago at Columbia Presbyterian and I know weigh 250. Is there an addition procedure I can have done to lose 100 more pounds????

i had gastric bypass surgury in 2000,for some reason my top stomach seems very extended and i cant lose any weight there is this something i should get checked?

I had the sleeve about two months ago, now I continually vomit every morning just saliva or foam and my mouth seems to build this foam constanly everyday in my mouth, where as I have to spit constantly, and I just feel nausea daily. Really need some help here. What should I do? Thanks, Darella

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I always said that I would never have surgery to reduce my weight. I know many people who have underwent weight loss surgery but I always thought that was a very drasctic approach & I would continue to try to loose weight through diet programs & exercise. But in 2009 when I hit 250 lbs., I began to get scared that I would only keep gaining & it would take a toll on my health. At that point of my life I was otherwise healthy except for the excess weight I was carrying & I wanted to stay healthy & I was scared that if I kept gaining, I would develop conditions related to being obese. Kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease & depression are a few conditions that I am already predisposed to since they are in my family and I felt if I was unable to shed this excess weight these conditions could be in my very near future as I was 47 years old & not at a healthy weight.

So I called Dr. Fitzer's office just to make an appt. for a consult for a lap band procedure , I figured it was less drastic than a gastric bypass & it would help me achieve my weight loss goal. So I attended Dr. Fitzer's seminar & I was very impressed by him & after hearing him explain the pros & cons of both procedures I realized the gastric bypass would be the best choice for me. There was about 40 people at his seminar & he answered all our questions & was very thorough in explaining the procedures. I then had a different outlook on having weight loss surgery & in Oct. 2009 I had my gastric bypass & have not regretted it since.

Dr. Fitzer performed my surgery without any complications & he was very attentive during my hospital stay. He continually re-inforced the post-op 'rules' & explained the importance of following them so I wouldn't have any complications. I felt he really cared about my well being. I lost 120 lbs. which was more than I ever dreamed possible. I feel great & at the age of 50 I am in good health.
- L. Ashton

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  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss)
  • Weight Loss Specialists

College: Christopher Newport University - Newport News, VA B.S., Physics

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School - Norfolk, Va (graduated 2000)

Residency: Memorial Health University Medical Center - Savannah, Ga (2005)
General Surgery Residency

Fellowship: Laparoscopic Bariatric, University of Missouri - Columbia, Mo (2006)


Dr. Fitzer grew up in Newport News, Virginia. He obtained a B.S. in physics at Christopher Newport University and from there proceeded to Eastern Virginia Medical School for his M.D. He completed general surgery residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, which is where he developed an interest in the treatment of obesity.

He left Savannah in 2005 for a year-long fellowship in minimally-invasive bariatric surgery at the University of Missouri, where he studied under several acknowledged surgery masters, including Steven Scott, Roger de la Torre, Bruce Ramshaw, and Steve Eubanks.

Dr. Fitzer entered private practice in Utica, New York and worked out of St. Luke’s Hospital, a Bariatric Center of Excellence. With Dr. Fitzer’s help, St. Luke’s went on to gain recognition for the best bariatric surgery outcomes in New York State – a market with numerous excellent bariatric programs. He practiced for five years there and performed some 1700 bariatric operations before making the decision to return to Virginia.

Regarding obesity surgery, Dr. Fitzer holds the philosophy is that it is among the more demanding surgical disciplines, both technically and intellectually. “It’s not the type of work that a surgeon can dabble in and expect to do well.” Because of this view, Dr. Fitzer has devoted essentially 100% of his professional attention to obesity surgery since 2005. His goal is to bring to Virginians the same high-level, compassionate care that he was privileged to provide to New Yorkers for many years.  He is licensed to practice medicine in New York, Virginia, Florida, and Nevada.

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