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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.

Irmo Man Donates $50,000 to Lexington Medical Center Foundation

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation received a $50,000 gift Tuesday from an Irmo man who wanted to recognize the hospital and its staff members for the outstanding care they provided to his wife. This significant donation will establish a fund called “Linda’s Love” that will help patients in need receive specialized medical care.
 
Jeffrey Angstadt presented the gift to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors today in honor of his wife Linda, who died in 2014. Linda had received extensive treatment at Lexington Medical Center for cancer, congestive heart failure and complications from the flu, totaling more than 100 days in the hospital.
 

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

Jeffrey Angstadt with his family and Lexington Medical Center Foundation board members.

“During that time, I learned the impact that other people can have on a life,” Mr. Angstadt said. “For me, those people are the doctors, nurses and staff at Lexington Medical Center. The medical care was perfect, but it went far beyond that. The compassion, support and love that was shared with my children and me was life sustaining.”
 
Since then, Mr. Angstadt worked to support Lexington Medical Center and its Foundation. He began volunteering in the hospital’s Emergency department. He also became a member of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s Heritage Society; a group whose members bequeath planned gifts from their estates to help fulfill the mission of the Foundation in our community in the future. And, he honored the clinicians who cared for his wife in the hospital’s Medical Intensive Care Unit through the Foundation’s Grateful Patient program, recognizing the 32 staff members who showed compassion to him and his wife during her illness with a wall plaque there.
 
And now, Mr. Angstadt hopes his generous donation will help patients in need to receive treatment for underlying conditions, encourage preventative care, and achieve long-term health and well being.
 
Jeff and his wife Linda

Jeff and his wife Linda

“The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is tremendously grateful for the kindness, generosity, and vision of Jeffrey Angstadt and his children as they honor the legacy of his wife and their mother,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Development and Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Through the generosity of this family, we will be able to provide expanded access to care for our most vulnerable patients.”

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation works to provide programs and services that enhance the health and well being of hospital patients, family members and the community.

Programs include assistance for patients battling cancer, scholarships to encourage students to further their education in health care, tools that help families to cope with difficult times, wellness workouts for cardiac rehabilitation patients, a program that provides transitional care to patients returning home from a hospital stay, and a pastoral care fund that helps provide resources to assist families in the grieving and healing process.

The Angstadts were married for 35 years. They had two children and two grandchildren.
 
“Through everything that’s happened, I’ve come to realize that I’m part of something great at Lexington Medical Center. It’s a great hospital – my involvement with the Foundation has given me a glimpse of just how great,” Mr. Angstadt said. “I am and will be involved in every way possible to help others and honor Linda.  The Foundation is helping me do that.”

To learn more about how to contribute to the Linda’s Love fund, visit LMCFoundation.com.

“Centering” Pregnancy at Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, offers a “Centering” program for moms-to-be. “Centering” allows expectant moms to be more involved in their care through health assessments, education and support in a group setting.

During two-hour sessions, women undergo regular health assessments with a physician or midwife, including belly checks and heart tones. then, the group discusses topics related to pregnancy and parenting.

Laern more in the WIS-TV news story below, featuring Lexington Women’s Care OB/GYN Valerie Skinner leading a “Centering” class.


Topics at “Centering” sessions include pregnancy, how to prepare for childbirth and motherhood, baby care, breastfeeding, childproofing your house and baby milestones.

For more information about “Centering,” Call Lexington Women’s Care at (803) 936-8100.