Weight Loss Surgery May Reduce or Eliminate the Need for Some Prescription Medications

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lanham, MD – Obesity is often linked to diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease and many other conditions.  Bariatric surgery has helped many people improve their overall health while reducing or eliminating their need to take some prescription medications to manage such chronic health conditions.  Doctors Community Hospital’s Bariatric and Weight Loss Center shares information about bariatric surgery to help community members make informed healthcare decisions.

Looking Great Never Felt So Good

Many of us know it can be a struggle to lose weight and keep it off. You may feel like you’ve tried everything, and you still haven’t gotten the results you want. Though maintaining a healthy weight helps you look good and feel great; it is sometimes hard to achieve.

For those who are struggling with obesity, additional assistance may be needed.  Bariatric surgery is an option that may contribute to more successful weight loss.  When combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, this type of surgery can result in long-term weight loss – helping to significantly improve your health and quality of life. What might surprise you: it may even help eliminate your need for prescription medications to treat obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions.

Hitesh Amin, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and the medical director at Doctors Community Hospital’s Bariatric and Weight Loss Center.  He answers commonly asked questions about bariatric surgery.   

Q: What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery makes changes to your stomach or small intestine that can affect the quantity of food you need to feel full. Two types of minimally invasive procedures used are Lap-Band and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries. 

Research shows that lifestyle changes are necessary to keep weight off long term, even after bariatric surgery. That’s why we also offer comprehensive support (e.g. weight management education, nutrition counseling, behavior modification and support groups) at Doctors Community Hospital’s Bariatric and Weight Loss Center to help you accomplish your overall health goals.

Q: What is Lap-Band surgery?

It is an FDA-approved procedure that involves placing an adjustable band around a portion of your stomach to restrict the quantity of food it can hold at one time.  After eating, this procedure helps you feel full faster and longer – resulting in gradual weight loss.  Also, Lap-Band surgeries are reversible with many patients returning to work within a week or so.

Q: What is sleeve gastrectomy surgery?

It is an FDA-approved procedure in which part of the stomach is removed.  The remaining portion is formed into a tube-like structure that cannot hold as much food.  The recovery period for this type of weight loss surgery is about six to eight weeks.

Q: Could weight loss surgery help me?

If you’ve tried to lose weight through diet and exercise without lasting success, weight loss surgery might be an excellent option for you.

Talk to your primary care physician first. If you have tried other weight loss methods and your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher, or your BMI is 35 or higher with your having obesity-related conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, bariatric surgery might be a good option. As mentioned, weight loss surgery is just one step.  It is equally important to get additional support for lifestyle changes that will keep you healthy. Counseling, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are essential for long-term success.

All surgeries have risks. The good news is that minimally invasive surgery with state-of-the-art equipment may reduce some of those risks and get you back on your feet, faster. Our robot-assisted daVinci® surgical system is an advanced and minimally invasive technology.  Its precision often results in reduced pain, shorter hospitalization and faster recoveries.  In fact, Doctors Community Hospital’s Bariatric and Weight Loss Center was the first hospital in Prince George’s County to offer minimally invasive bariatric surgery using this technology.   

Q: Are there any upcoming lectures where I can ask a doctor to answer questions about bariatric surgery?

We offer free lectures on March 6, April 10 and May 8 at 9 a.m.  It is held at 8116 Good Luck Road, Professional Office Building, Suite 210, Lanham, Maryland.  At this lecture, a physician and other healthcare professionals share a wide range of information about weight management and bariatric surgical procedures.  These lectures are free and registration is required by calling 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).

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About Doctors Community Hospital

Doctors Community Hospital is a premier medical and surgical hospital located in Lanham, Maryland.  With a mission of being dedicated to passionately caring for the health of patients and the community, the hospital has provided high-quality as well as comprehensive health care to residents of Prince George's County and the region for nearly 40 years.

A 190+ bed facility, Doctors Community Hospital has a wide range of specialty programs and services. 

For more information, please visit www.DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).