Weight loss is a $71 billion industry in the United States, with many people trying a wide range of pills and potions to finally achieve the weight loss results they want.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to weight loss – but the basics for losing weight remain the same. A healthy diet, daily exercise, and limiting your calories are all vital aspects of successful weight loss. If you’re doing all of these things but still struggle to lose weight, it’s time to consult with the weight loss experts at OakBend Medical Group.
Our bariatric specialists, Christopher Reilly, MD, FACS, Steven M. Thomas, MD, FACS, and Genna Lubrano, MD, can help you find a medically supervised weight loss solution that works for you.
What makes weight loss so difficult
It seems that gaining weight is a much easier process than losing it. That’s because there are many reasons why weight loss can be difficult for certain people.
Some of the common reasons weight loss becomes harder to achieve includes:
- Inability to be active
- Underlying medical conditions
- Difficulty following a healthy diet plan
You might also struggle to lose weight because mental health issues like anxiety and depression interfere with your ability to make changes in your diet and lifestyle.
Effective options for successful weight loss
To get started on the road to successful weight loss, our team at OakBend Medical Group first spends time getting to understand your needs. They review your complete personal and family medical history and can perform diagnostic blood work to identify thyroid disorders and other conditions that affect your weight and your ability to lose it.
Once they determine where you are in your weight loss journey, our providers will help you devise a plan that works for you.
Available weight loss options include:
Initially, you might benefit from a medically supervised weight loss plan that focuses on improving your diet, incorporating more exercise into your life, and addressing underlying medical issues that interfere with weight loss.
If you’re working hard to lose weight through lifestyle and diet changes but still struggle to lose weight or keep it off, you might be a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Our bariatric team provides three main types of weight loss surgeries that provide rapid results under the careful supervision of a skilled bariatric specialist. Available weight loss surgeries include:
The Lap-Band procedure involves the placement of a gastric band around the top portion of your stomach. The resizing of your stomach reduces how much food you can eat, so you can lose weight quickly.
Gastric sleeve surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery involves the removal of a large portion of your stomach to permanently reduce its size. You won’t need to eat much food before you feel full, so you can lose weight more efficiently.
Gastric bypass surgery
Gastric bypass surgery involves redirecting your gastrointestinal tract to move the food you eat through a smaller part of your stomach and directly into your small intestine. This process limits how many calories you can absorb and how much food you can eat at each meal.
Orbera® intragastric balloon
The Orbera intragastric balloon system uses a balloon to fill up space in your stomach to limit how much food you can eat. This is a reversible procedure that doesn’t require surgery to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Qualifying for weight loss surgery
Weight loss surgery is typically a last-resort treatment for people who are obese and at risk for potentially life-threatening health issues.
Our team at OakBend Medical Group will evaluate your body mass index (BMI), your general health, and your weight loss goals during your initial consultation. They also ensure you can commit to the lifestyle and diet changes you need to make following weight loss surgery.
If you’re ready to get started on a successful weight loss journey, call OakBend Medical Group or book a consultation online today.