OBESITY SURGERY CENTER Serving Washington DC and Metropolitan area
Welcome to the Center for Obesity Surgery, the largest comprehensive center for bariatric surgery in the District of Columbia.
Obesity is one of the major health problems confronting the United States. It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population is overweight and over ten million Americans are more than 100 pounds over their ideal weight.
If you are like most Americans you struggle each and every day with your weight. But for some, it is more than just simply being a few pounds over where you'd like to be on the scale. For some, it can be a matter of life and death. Every day, more and more Americans are diagnosed as suffering from severe (or morbid) obesity. Those included in this group are 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight and face increased health risks including a higher likelihood of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, as well as certain cancers. Excess weight can also cause sleep apnea, as well as arthritis and back pain. These weight related health problems called co-morbidities can also lead to an increased incidence of premature death. Over 300,000 Americans die of obesity related illnesses each year. Obesity also extracts a high toll in human suffering. Low self-esteem and clinical depression are often tied to an individual's relationship with their weight and their quality of life.
Most obese individuals have struggled unsuccessfully with their weight for many years. The numerous diets, commercial weight loss centers offering treatments such as hypnosis, pituitary hormones, appetite suppressant drugs, and behavioral therapy attest to the great difficulty many overweight people have in losing weight and keeping it off. Some of these weight loss strategies may be successful in people with mild obesity, but nearly all fail in individuals 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight.
AT PRESENT, OBESITY SURGERY IS THE ONLY PROVEN EFFECTIVE THERAPY FOR SEVERE OBESITY.
At the Center of Obesity Surgery we offer a comprehensive program, designed to help our patients lose significant weight, keep it off, and improve their health and well-being.
Dr Afram performed over 6000 operations for obesity. This comprehensive program, coupled with our extensive 27 years of experience results in a high success rate (over 95%) and a very low complication rate. This makes our approach to surgery for obesity very safe and effective.
Our Program Includes
Extensive pre-operative evaluation and preparation
Psychological evaluation with qualified psychologists
Surgical Procedure best suited to patient's needs
Pre and post-op behavior modification program run by our psychologist, dietician in weekly support groups
Personal trainer Diet counseling with our registered dietician
Life long follow up
At age 33, weighing in at 428 pounds, I had given up on life. I had reached the point where I was finally tired of being tired, and I wanted to be part of life not just watch it pass me by. After meetin Dr. Afram and his team, I realized that I didn't have to sit on the sidelines any longer, so I took control of my life and my weight. Dr. Afram not only preformed my surgery, because of all the support that he and his team give, they have been a vital part of my transition to the person I am today. Read More
I have battled my weight since High School. I had a few victories, but eventually lost the war. No one, not even my husband knew how much I weighed. At surgery time, I was at my highest weight of 304 pounds. I was so embarrassed of myself, depressed and felt like hiding. My knees hurt, I had heel spurs, felt tired all the time and had just been diagnosed with diabetes. Read More
shatawna cutchember Total weight loss of 235 lbs in 36 months Shatawna M Cutchember DOB: 6-20-1985 DOS: 04-26-2011 4 years ago I was walking up to an event and was breathless, tired, and sweaty when I reached my destination. It was then that I made the decision that something had to change. After researching several options, I came in to meet with Dr. Afram . From the moment I walked in I knew I was making the right decision. 1 year later, April 26 2011, I had what I call my ”lifechange”, gastric bypass surgery. To date I have lost 235 lbs and I have gained years on my life. Read More