Being overweight can increase your risk of weight-related diseases and health issues. People who are overweight are more likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and suffer strokes, cancers and heart attacks. Carrying an unhealthy weight requires treatment.
Southwoods Health has created a comprehensive program to help combat obesity through medical and surgical weight loss solutions. Since each patient has a unique set of circumstances, our team at the Center for Comprehensive Weight Management & Bariatric Surgery focuses on delivering personalized care using a multidisciplinary approach and is dedicated to providing patients a path to a healthier future.
The program starts with an evaluation of each patient’s specific medical problems, disease processes and personal goals. Candidacy for the program is determined by Body Mass Index (BMI). Once a baseline is established, behavioral and lifestyle changes, and diet and nutritional education are discussed.
Southwoods offers non-surgical treatment options, including:
Physicians board certified in obesity medicine will develop specifically tailored plans that address both medical and personal needs. These specialists are experts in non-surgical sustained weight loss.
If individual goals cannot be fully achieved through medical management, surgical options are evaluated. All patients choosing surgery must undergo a pre-surgical psychological evaluation, which will help assess behavioral readiness for surgery and stability of mood symptoms. Multiple medical nutritional therapy consultations are also required to ensure ideal outcomes.
If surgery is determined to be the best course of treatment, patients will be scheduled with a fellowship trained bariatric surgeon. These specialists are experts in surgical weight loss.
At the heart of these efforts is our Nurse Navigator, who has a long history of helping patients on their emotional and physical journey with obesity. Our navigator works directly with our physicians, serving as a single point of contact for patients, and is available to: