South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center celebrates milestone surgery

February 21, 2024

The South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center performed the 9,000th bariatric surgery since opening 25 years ago.

This milestone comes from a team of the most experience bariatric surgeons in South Carolina. The 9,000th surgery was performed by Marc Antonetti, MD, FACS. This was also a milestone for Antonetti — it was the 1,300th gastric sleeve procedure he has performed during his time with South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center.

In South Carolina, obesity and being overweight are complex, serious and costly public health issues that affect two out of three South Carolina adults. That’s according to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Many people have tried to treat it on their own, but sometimes diet and exercise is not enough.

“We’re excited about this milestone because it shows our commitment to helping our patients change their lives,” said Marc Antonetti, MD, FACS. “We’ve worked to help South Carolinians improve their health for the past 25 years, and we’re looking forward continuing to do that.”

Weight loss surgery not only treats obesity, but can treat other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and acid reflux. In addition, surgery greatly reduces the risk of death from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases.

South Carolina Obesity Surgery Center recently celebrated their 25th anniversary of serving the Midlands at Lexington Medical Center. The board-certified bariatric surgeons work to help patients accomplish their weight loss goals and change their lives.

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About Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is a 607-bed hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. It anchors a health care network that includes six community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 7,800 health care professionals. The hospital was ranked best hospital in the Columbia Metro and #2 hospital in South Carolina by U.S. News & World Report and was named one of the “Best Places to Work in South Carolina” by SC Biz News, in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. Lexington Medical Cancer Center is an accredited Cancer Center of Excellence and has a clinical research and education affiliation with MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. The network includes a cardiovascular program recognized by the American College of Cardiology as South Carolina’s first HeartCARE Center. The network also has an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 4,000 babies each year and performs more than 25,000 surgeries.