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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.

Free Weight Loss Seminars

Obesity is a significant problem in South Carolina. With the 4th highest obesity rate in the nation, statistics show that one out of every three South Carolinians is obese. The New Year is the perfect time to think about losing weight and being healthy. To help, the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, will host a series of seminars in January to inform our community about weight loss surgery options.

The seminars will be on Thursday, January 8 and Saturday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m. and on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. inside Lexington Medical Park 2, Suite 430, on the Lexington Medical Center campus in West Columbia. There will also be a seminar in Florence on January 29 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Attendees will learn about weight loss surgery including the risks and benefits. To register for the seminar, please call 866-560-4415.

scale and tapeThe South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center offers a comprehensive weight management program with all the resources to ensure successful weight loss. It is the longest standing American College of Surgeons Bariatric Center of Excellence in South Carolina. A dedicated team of highly skilled surgeons, nutritionists, nurses and other caregivers who understand obesity and weight loss surgery deliver care that addresses every aspect of obesity and its related health conditions in a caring and supportive environment.

While eating a balanced diet and exercising will help us lose weight, many people need some extra assistance. The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center offers several minimally invasive surgical options for weight-loss patients. Each of the procedures involves creating a smaller stomach pouch for the patient. By doing so, the patient feels full after eating a smaller amount of food. Over time, they take in fewer calories and lose weight. With a comprehensive team of clinicians, the physician practice also teaches people how to eat properly – leading to a lighter, healthier future.

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The first practice in the Midlands to offer bariatric surgery, its physicians have performed more than 5,200 surgical procedures. That’s more than any other program in South Carolina.

For more information on weight-loss options, visit SCObesity.com. You can learn more about weight-loss surgery, read a blog with health tips and calculate your BMI. And visit the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center on Facebook for nutrition tips and healthy recipes.

1st Annual Walk From Obesity

The 1st Annual Walk from Obesity hosted by Lexington Medical Center was a huge success. Thanks to South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center and everyone who came out to raise awarenss and support healthy living in the midlands. Participants walked 1 – 3 miles collecting raffle tickets along the way. Games and activities were available for kids as they learned healthy living habits and how to make a nutritious plate.

The Walk from Obesity was critical in raising awareness and promoting healthy living as South Carolina becomes increasingly affected by the obesity epidemic. Statistics show that 66.9 percent of adults in our state are overweight and 31.5 percent are obese. In addition, an estimated 93 million Americans are obese and that number is expected to climb to 120 million in the next five years.

Lexington Medical Center is committed to helping the community fight obesity by offering comprehensive weight management programs to ensure successful weight loss through the South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Thank you to everyone who made our 1st Annual Walk From Obesity a success!  Like our Facebook Page for more photos and information.

 

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