HARLINGEN – Living healthier. For many people, taking that path begins with
losing weight. It may not be easy, but, it can be done. And, for a certain
group of individuals, surgical weight loss can be a launching pad for
a new and healthier you.
The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Harlingen Medical Center will host
a Surgical Weight Loss Information Seminar to help educate the community
on what surgical weight loss is, what it can do for your health, and how
it can positively impact your life in the future. Dr. Ashraf Hilmy, Bariatric
Surgeon, will lead the free seminar scheduled for Monday, November 14,
2016 at 5:30 p.m., in the hospital's Medical Office Building (MOB)
Conference Room, located at 5505 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen (on the
first floor of the building closest to the Expressway, behind the elevators,
in Suite 102).
"Many people are looking to lose weight, with the assistance of surgical
weight loss, because they want to be healthier, more physically active,
and they want to improve their overall quality of life," said Manny
Chacon, Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program at Harlingen Medical Center.
The Surgical Weight Loss Program Information Seminar will include an in-depth
- General overview of program
- Surgical procedures offered
- Management / guidance which is available through the program
- Nutritional management / guidance through the program
- Nutritional management / guidance after the surgery
- Financing options available for the procedure
- Exercise regimen after the surgery
- Available support group after the surgery
"The ideal candidate for surgical weight loss is someone who is a
minimum of 100 pounds over their ideal weight; and suffers from co-morbidities,
such as: Type II diabetes, hypertension, and / or osteo-arthritis,"
Chacon said. "There are a number of qualifying factors that someone
looking to have surgical weight loss should meet before they consider
this path. This is a procedure which gives people a tool to begin their
weight loss journey -- but there are serious matters to consider before
one chooses surgical weight loss."
According to bariatric experts, surgical weight loss is ideally for someone
who has a need to resolve medical problems related to obesity. That is
because surgical weight loss has been shown to improve the health status
of a patient, in many cases. In some instances it has been shown to eliminate
diabetes altogether. With some patients, the surgery has also helped to
reduce their blood pressure back to normal levels. And, if the patient
follows specific dietary, exercise and vitamin instructions, it can have
great benefit to the patient's overall health.
Surgical weight loss is designed to alter the anatomy of a patient's
stomach, limiting their ability to take in food. The Surgical Weight Loss
Program at Harlingen Medical Center offers the laparoscopic gastric sleeve,
the roux-en-y gastric bypass, and the laparoscopic adjustable band, which
are available to men, women, and young adults.
With the laparoscopic gastric sleeve, 80% of the stomach is removed surgically
– creating a smaller stomach pouch that is then stapled. The newly-created
smaller stomach pouch will allow for lesser food in-take, helping the
patient to reduce his or her weight.
With the roux-en-y gastric bypass, a portion of the stomach is removed
and the remaining small pouch is connected to a portion of the small intestine,
where most of the calories and nutrients are absorbed, causing the patient
to lose weight.
With the laparoscopic adjustable band procedure, a ring, also known as
a band, is placed around a portion of the stomach in order to restrict
the intake of food. This creates a smaller stomach pouch – allowing
for lesser food in-take; helping the patient to reduce their weight.
"The goal of our surgical weight loss program is to improve the patient's
health, quality of life and life span, by inducing weight loss,"
Chacon added. "Through our program, the patient will also be able
to improve self-image and cosmetic appearance, while moving forward with
a new, healthier life."
The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Harlingen Medical Center features multi-disciplinary
support before, during, and after surgery. In many cases, the program
and resources -- combined with the highly-experienced staff at Harlingen
Medical Center – can give patients their best opportunity for successful
long-term weight loss and improved health.
If you would like to attend the Surgical Weight Loss Program Information
Seminar, please RSVP to (956) 365-1140 or at
mchacon@PrimeHealthCare.com. To learn more about surgical weight loss or other medical services available
at Harlingen Medical Center, please visit