Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 29, 2014
Overweight and obesity affect a greater number of Americans than ever before. Learn how being overweight or obese affects your health and what you can do to effectively manage your weight.
Chronicling the Journey to Bariatric Surgery
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) patient Emily Bell describes her decision to seek surgical treatment for her obesity. Over the coming months, Emily will be blogging about her journey to better health – from information sessions through surgery and beyond.
Obesity Treatment – Evaluating Your Options
There are a wide range of weight loss approaches, including lifestyle changes, medical therapies, and surgical treatments. Physicians from the Brigham and Women’s Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery discuss how they individualize weight management plans for patients based on needs and preferences.
Bariatric Surgery: It’s Not Just about Weight Loss
Although bariatric surgery has proven to be an effective and lasting treatment for morbid obesity, mounting evidence suggests that the benefits go far beyond weight loss. Bariatric surgery may improve health conditions such as heart disease, depression, asthma, infertility (in women), arthritis, gout, and Type 2 diabetes.
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Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 7, 2014
There are a wide range of weight loss approaches, including lifestyle changes, medical therapies, and surgical treatments.
When it comes to treating obesity, there are many options. And, what may be ideal for one person may not be right for another.
“Many people with obesity are unsure which direction to take when it comes to losing weight,” explains Dr. Florencia Halperin, an endocrinologist and Co-Director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery. “We believe that it is important for patients to understand all of the available treatment choices, including the benefits and drawbacks of each approach, so that they can make informed decisions.”
Dr. Halperin and bariatric surgeon Ali Tavakkoli, MD, Center Co-Director, provide consultation for patients regarding a wide range of approaches, including lifestyle changes, medical therapies, and surgical treatments, and work with them to develop an individualized plan based on needs and preferences.
“Often, we incorporate multiple strategies in the overall plan,” says Dr. Tavakkoli. “For example, some patients may desire to start with lifestyle modifications and medications. For patients with type 2 diabetes and certain lipid disorders, weight loss surgery has been shown to be a benefit and may be considered earlier, with continued treatment with lifestyle changes to ensure ongoing success.”
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