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Losing Weight with Orbera

With our fast-paced lives, losing weight can be easier said than done. Between keeping up with busy work schedules, children’s activities and daily housework, eating healthy and exercising can become an obstacle and challenge.

This illustration shows how Orbera is placed in the stomach.

This illustration shows how Orbera is placed in the stomach.

That’s where a new weight-loss procedure at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, comes in. It’s called Orbera, and Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in the Southeast to offer it.

“Orbera is ideal for people who are 25 to 60 pounds overweight, and who need a jump start to begin to lose weight and improve their health,” said Marc Antonetti, MD, FACS, surgeon with the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center.

Orbera is a soft, silicone balloon with saline that’s designed to fit comfortably in your stomach. Its volume and shape are meant to take up space in the stomach, which encourages portion control by making you feel full and giving you the edge to finally lose weight.

This video shows how it works.

Doctors place Orbera in the stomach through a simple, non-surgical, outpatient procedure completed under sedation. There is no incision and patients can go home the same day. In fact, the FDA-approved procedure only takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Orbera is a tool that will remain in place for six months. During that time, patients receive comprehensive education from clinicians and dietitians at the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center about healthy eating, including information about nutritious foods, portion size and meal planning. They are monitored on a routine basis.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center physicians: Marc C. Antonetti, MD, FACS; S. Gray Hughes, MD, FACS; Glen F. Strickland, MD, FACS

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center physicians: Marc C. Antonetti, MD, FACS; S. Gray Hughes, MD, FACS; Glen F. Strickland, MD, FACS

“About 60 percent of the United States population is a candidate for this procedure – because they need to lose between 25 and 60 pounds,” said Dr. Antonetti. “Our goal is to reach out to teach people about appropriate nutrition and prevent them from becoming morbidly obese.”

In addition to making patients feel full and causing weight loss, Orbera will condition patients to eat smaller meals and require less food. After six months, the balloon is removed. By that time, patients have established healthy lifestyle choices to continue to lose weight and keep it off.

Losing weight is important for cardiovascular and overall health. There are many options available at Lexington Medical Center.

For more information about Orbera, visit SCObesity.com.

Diabetes Health Fair November 10

Lexington Medical Center will host a FREE diabetes health fair on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Diabetes is an epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people have diabetes. That’s about one out of every 11 people. Additionally, 1 in 4 does not know they have diabetes.
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The CDC also estimates that 86 million americans – more than 1 in 3 adults – have pre diabetes, and 90% of them don’t know it. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30% of them will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.,

Learn more about diabetes from Lexington Medical Center’s diabetes educators, including how to use a glucometer and insulin pump, what your body mass index/body fat composition means to your health, the benefits of exercise and how to care for your feet.
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The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people without the condition.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history and having diabetes while pregnant, which is also known as gestational diabetes. You can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight, eating healthy and being more active.

There will be refreshments, door prizes, healthy food tastings, exercise demonstrations and clinicians from Lexington Endocrinology.

The health fair will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium at 2728 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. For more information, call (803) 791-2869.

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Infographics courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention