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Need to Lose Weight? Surgical Weight Loss May Be the Answer


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, October 17 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 presentation featuring:

  • 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.”

If you would like to attend the Surgical Weight Loss Program Information Seminar, please RSVP to (956) 365-1140 or at [email protected]. To learn more about surgical weight loss or other medical services available at Harlingen Medical Center, please visit

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