Dr. Anuj Prashar on the Ripple Effect of Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Anuj Prashar on the Ripple Effect of Bariatric Surgery


(bright music) – My name is Anuj Prashar. I’m a bariatric surgeon. I work for the Mid-Atlantic
Permanente Group. I went to medical school in Philadelphia, Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine. I also did a surgical residency there. After completing my surgical residency I further specialized
in a minimally invasive bariatric fellowship. Those are all fancy words for basically I specialize
in doing large surgeries with small incisions and also specializing
in weight loss surgery. All my patients are very complex. I know you’re gonna hear
that from all the doctors. But obesity unfortunately, causes hypertension,
sleep apnea, diabetes. I had a young gentleman
who was 500 pounds. He was the first lead
gastrectomy I ever did. He went from 500 pounds
down to 220 pounds. His diabetes went away. Sleep Apnea went away. He got married. He got a promotion at work. He comes and hugs me once a year. At Holy Cross we perform most
of our bariatric surgeries. They’re just center of excellence. A center of excellence is
a very rigorous process and it’s difficult to obtain where an independent group comes in and investigates our whole entire program. They look at our complication rate, they look at our bleeding rate, they look at our morbidity, mortality rate. To obtain the center of excellence, it’s a very strict criteria. And Kaiser Permanente Holy
Cross spirit in partnership, have a center of excellence
at Silver Springs. The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group. That makes it easier for
me to practice surgery. Makes it easier for me to be a surgeon and the accumulation or
combination of all that, there’re better patient outcomes. I would have to say
that’s why our programs probably one of the best in the country. I can say that hands down. ♪ ooh ooh ooh oohohoh ♪ ♪ ooh ohohoh ooh ♪

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