The goal of our center is to provide a safe place to get life back in order and develop a workable plan that lasts. We are not interested in individuals losing weight for a year or two. We want lifelong weight control. Our programs are intense in the initial phases, we want to get that weight off and lower some of your risk factors. Along the way, we will eliminate a few of your medications. After significant weight is lost, we move to a transition phase and finally a long-term maintenance plan.
I will also point out that we are not surgeons. We have no desire to see our patients undergo gastric bypass or any other irreversible surgeries to lose weight. However, we do have tools at our disposal in to help patients “get over the hump” until they have their diet and lifestyle plans solidly ingrained as habits. Depending on the individual, we might prescribe weight loss medications to suppress appetite and offer non-surgical procedures such as Orbera® gastric balloons. These tools can be very effective in curbing appetite until new habits have formed. The long-term game for sustained weight control will always be diet, lifestyle, good habits, healthy relationships, developing troubleshooting skills and managing stress. We don’t want dependence on any medication, and we want to avoid irreversible weight loss surgeries.