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There are as many reasons to lose weight as there are people hoping to do so. Whatever your reasons for seeking help with weight loss, finding the right method is critical for achieving success. How can you know which is right for you? Learn more about weight loss methods with insights from Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates, P.A., so you can feel confident you’re on the right path to better health.

When Going it Alone Doesn’t Work

People who seek medical help with weight loss are anything but unmotivated. In fact, Dr. Andrei’s patients have often tried many tactics to lose weight on their own. Yet, in many cases, weight loss procedures aren’t the right answer either. While these procedures are highly effective, they aren’t appropriate for those with lower BMIs or who are interested in more moderate weight loss.

For these patients, Dr. Andrei suggests medical weight loss management. Available for adults and teens, these programs provide physician oversight to develop healthier diet, fitness, and behaviors. Even a modest weight loss of 5% to 10% of body weight can result in significant improvements in health, including lower blood pressure and cholesterol, better sleep, and relief for chronic conditions. And for those considering or preparing for surgery, medical weight loss can be a great first step.

When You’re Not Ready for Surgery

Some people find themselves in an unusual situation. They need to lose weight, but their BMI isn’t high enough for surgery. In general, a BMI of 40 or higher qualifies patients for surgical weight loss, while a BMI of 35 or above with a diagnosis of an obesity-related condition, like diabetes or hypertension, is also qualifying. This creates a bind for those who don’t meet the BMI threshold or haven’t received a diagnosis yet. You need help bringing down your weight for better mobility, prediabetes, or simply to feel your best, but you’re not a good candidate for surgery. What can you do?

In this situation, non-surgical weight loss procedures can help. These safe, noninvasive, reversible procedures, speed weight loss and deliver success where diet and exercise alone fail. The gastric balloon, which limits your consumption of food, and the AspireAssist™, which removes nutrients before they can be digested, make it possible to quickly lose a significant amount of weight without extended recovery times, heavy sedation, or invasive surgery.

When Weight Loss Can’t Wait

For many patients, it’s just not possible to wait for slower methods to take the weight off. If you’re coping with the serious effects of obesity, such as heart conditions, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more, you need a solution that will reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke, cancer, and other dangerous conditions. In these cases, Dr. Andrei advises weight loss surgery, including:

  • Gastric sleeve
  • Duodenal switch
  • SIPS/SADIS
  • Gastric bypass
  • LAP-BAND®

Each of these procedures has unique benefits, and Dr. Andrei can advise which is most appropriate for your specific needs. While these surgeries will require careful preparation, motivated lifestyle changes, and some recovery time, they are all safe and effective for patients who must lose weight to improve their health as quickly as possible.

How to Get Started

When you contact Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates P.A., Dr. Andrei will learn more about your past weight loss attempts, your current health, and why you want to lose weight. No matter which path is right for you, he’ll be by your side every step of the way, from getting started to maintaining your success. Ready to learn more? Attend one of Dr. Andrei’s seminars today or call 800-200-5553 for more information.

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