A Good Fit
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Can Help You Shed Unwanted Pounds
It's not fun being seriously overweight. Besides problems with fatigue and the negative impact it may have on your self-image, it can lead to serious health problems. These include osteoarthritis due to pressure on the bones and joints; hypertension; heart disease; diabetes; and sleep apnea.
Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is knowledgeable regarding these complications and is equipped to help. The hospital's new Medical Weight Loss Program and weight-loss surgery program offer options to aid you in tackling the "battle of the bulge." Whether you need a trainer to maximize your workout or you are a candidate for gastric bypass surgery, the hospital is available to explore solutions with you.
Inova Fair Oaks' Medical Weight Loss Program is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary 12-week-plus program that will help you lose weight and learn how to keep it off. Board-certified physicians, registered dietitians, exercise specialists, specialized counselors and nurses in the field of weight loss will design a weight loss program specifically for you. After a full physical, the program includes:
- A physical fitness assessment with an exercise specialist
and a body composition analysis by the team
- Three private consultations with a dietitian who specializes
in weight loss
- Two sessions with exercise specialist for your personalized assessment and tracking
- Weekly 40-minute workout with our exercise specialist
- Weekly weigh-in and goal review with optional meal replacements
- Additional weeks and/or a maintenance program (highly recommended)
The Surgery Option
While no one will dispute the health benefits of exercising and eating right in losing weight, these treatments alone don't work for everyone. Many people have tried those methods for years and for many reasons still can't lose excess weight. As a result, weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) may be an option.
Gastric bypass, gastric banding and gastric sleeve are a few of the weight-loss surgery options available at the hospital. Our highly qualified surgeons perform most of the procedures using a minimally invasive approach including a mini-incision, laparoscopic or even the technically advanced da Vinci robot.
To qualify for surgery one must have a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with additional medical conditions. The surgery is often successful in resolving many ailments such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and others. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is the most experienced center in the region, having performed more than 6,000 surgeries.
||Options in Weight-Loss Surgery
Join one of our Bariatric Center of Excellence physicians to learn more about weight-loss surgery options. Call 703-391-3783 or go here for dates, times and locations. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/InovaWeightLoss.
Losing Weight Is About Awareness, Patient Learns
Linda Petty learned how to lose weight with a proper diet and exercise through
the Medical Weight Loss Program at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. The program gave her the tools she needs, she says.
Linda Petty no longer eats just to have something in
her mouth. She also is more
knowledgeable about what
foods to eat to maintain a
healthy diet. She credits this
new awareness to the Medical Weight Loss Program
at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
"You have to deal with all the
aspects of weight loss," says
Petty, who lost 30 pounds
during the program, which
she attended from June
through August. "It's not
just a diet; the awareness
is making you figure out
what you do. In doing that,
you actually stop and think
what you do before you do
it, whereas you may
otherwise do things without
realizing you're doing them."
Petty attended the program because she is borderline diabetic and needed to lose weight. What was beneficial to her about the program, she says, is that it was comprehensive, attacking weight loss from all sides, including the physical, nutritional and psychological angles. The program placed her on a vitamin-packed meal replacement diet, and then she slowly graduated to eating certain foods. She worked out once a week with the group and the other days at home.
One of the highlights was meeting with a licensed counselor, who helped her realize she had a habit of eating at work to be able to concentrate. She works as a team leader at the Small Business Administration National Guarantee Purchase Center in Herndon, Va.
Today, Petty is trying to stick with the diet that brought her success during the program. She strives for eight ounces of protein each day and stays away from a lot of carbohydrates. She also learned she needs to eat something before she goes home at night. One of her challenges has been maintaining an exercise program. But she knows what she needs to do.
"Now I'm aware," she says. "Once you become aware, you change your habits."
Gateway to Change
Patient Feels New Energy, Health Following Bariatric Surgery
Being seriously overweight compelled Ken Shoebottom to research and eventually undergo gastric bypass surgery: "I can't wait to look in the mirror and think to myself, 'Yes, I made it,'" he said after surgery.
Undergoing gastric banding surgery has changed Ken
Shoebottom's life in "ways
that are hard to express.
"I take it one day at a time
and one meal at a time,"
the IT security professional
states. "Fresh, healthy and
smaller is a lifestyle I have
learned to love. I choose
food differently, I eat slower
and I'm in control. The
surgery was my gateway to
Shoebottom, who lives in
Reston, Va., with his wife
and three children, believes
it was now or never for the
procedure, which he
underwent in October.
was over 300 pounds with
no end in sight," he recalls.
"I knew the dangers of
obesity could put me at
greater risk for cancer,
diabetes and heart disease, already in my family."
Shoebottom, who lost 28 pounds within three weeks of the procedure, notes that he has worked for his positive results. He prepared for the surgery for more than seven months, honing his eating habits to ensure a successful transition after the surgery. He attended free information sessions to learn about surgical weight-loss procedures and met regularly with registered dietitians. Professional fitness coaches
and a staff of highly qualified nurses provided assistance and top-of-the-line care.
He can't say enough about the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Bariatric Team, which includes his surgeon, Amir Moazzez, MD, who also performed a hiatal hernia repair on Shoebottom.
Thanks to his experience at the hospital, Shoebottom feels better than he has in years. "I have more energy and a feeling of well-being that I have not experienced in a very long time," he says.