Obesity is a medical condition that not only restricts everyday tasks, but can also lead to a number of serious health problems, such as Type-2 diabetes, cardiac issues, and various other comorbid conditions. Obesity is measured by BMI or Body Mass Index. A person with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. As the condition leads to serious health issues, it is important to seek professional help and follow a comprehensive medical weight loss program to avoid potential health issues. Medical therapies are approved for people with a BMI over 27 if they have health problems, or a BMI over 30. We at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery create a customized medical weight loss program to help you lose weight and maintain an ideal weight.
What Medical Weight Loss Is All About
Before opting for surgical intervention, you may want to try a non-surgical alternative. Non-surgical methods for medical weight loss include the ESG/Accordion procedure, Obalon gastric balloon, regular exercise, special diet plan, and meal replacements. However, the best way to reach your ideal weight is to seek the help of the weight loss consultants at DFW Bariatrics and General Surgery, and follow a customized weight loss program.
Candidates For Medical Weight Loss
Anyone with a BMI of 27 with other weight-related problems such as high blood pressure or Type 2 Diabetes or anyone with a BMI of 30 or above is eligible to follow a medical weight loss program.
Effective Weight Loss
Effective weight loss is achieved by regulating your diet and performing physical activity regularly. You can achieve your ideal weight only when you burn more calories than you intake in a day. Therefore, it is essential to create and follow a strict weight loss plan. A few examples of movement to include into your daily routine are:
- Kettlebell Swings
The placement of Orbera Gastric Balloon into the stomach is a simple, non-surgical outpatient procedure. First, a diagnostic test is done to make sure it is safe to perform the procedure. Then the deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. Once it is in position, the balloon is inflated with saline and a dye, to maintain the required size. The procedure takes about 15 minutes to complete. The balloon is temporarily left in the stomach for about 6 months.
After the procedure, you may experience some cramps and nausea, as your stomach adjusts. Your throat may feel a little sore. You’ll follow a liquid or soft diet for a few weeks and followed by 6 months of a supervised diet plan. Our team will continue working closely with you during these 6 months.
As with any other procedure, Gastric balloon procedure involves certain risks and complications:
- Esophageal, gastric ulcers or perforation.
- Deflation of the balloon which can lead to blockage.
- Rupture of balloon dye (if used), which will be released in the urine.
Weight Loss Medication vs Supplements
Weight loss medicines suppress your appetite, and therefore reduce the number of calories you intake. Weight loss supplements, on the other hand, contain important vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients your body needs. A few effective medications that we routinely use include: