What is Medical Weight Loss?

Medical weight loss refers to a physician-supervised approach to weight management. Unlike commercial weight loss programs, medical weight loss is tailored to individual health needs and may include medications, dietary changes, exercise plans, behavioral therapy, and, in some cases, bariatric surgery.

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Is Bariatric Surgery the Right Option for me?

Candidates for bariatric surgery undergo a comprehensive evaluation before surgical intervention will be considered:

  • Medical examination: Assessing overall health and determining the suitability for surgery.
  • Nutritional counseling: Guiding patients on diet changes before and after surgery.
  • Psychological assessment: Ensuring mental readiness for surgery and lifestyle changes.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Strategies

For some, non-surgical interventions are a viable path to weight loss. These methods include:

Dietary Modifications

Personalized diet plans that cater to individual nutritional needs and health goals.

Exercise Programs

Customized physical activity plans are designed to increase metabolism and reduce body fat.

Behavioral Therapy

Techniques to help modify eating behaviors and lifestyle choices.

Medical Therapy

Prescription weight loss medications that work by suppressing appetite or increasing feelings of fullness.

Nutritional Counseling

Guidance from dietitians to ensure balanced nutrition while losing weight.

These interventions are particularly beneficial for those who may not be candidates for surgery or prefer to explore other options first.

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Developing Your Personalized Weight Loss Plan

At Surgical Associates, our bariatric surgeons are dedicated to crafting a personalized weight loss plan that aligns with your health, age, and wishes. This plan not only identifies the most suitable weight loss surgery for you but also outlines a comprehensive post-surgery schedule to ensure optimal results and sustained health improvements.

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Meet Dr. Baran: Board-Certified Family Medicine and Obesity Specialist

Dr. Baran started with Surgical Associates in January 2024. She is board-certified in family medicine and obesity medicine and has experience in hospital medicine. She practices preventative and lifestyle medicine.

Our multidisciplinary approach to medical weight loss Surgical Associates

Our medical weight loss program in Wausau, WI, involves a team of healthcare professionals, including bariatric surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists, and psychologists. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that all aspects of a patient's weight loss journey can be addressed on an individual, personalized basis.

Undergoing weight loss surgery at Surgical Associates is just the beginning. Our comprehensive approach, encompassing medical supervision, dietary guidance, physical activity, and peer support, ensures that you not only lose weight but also adopt a healthier lifestyle for long-term success.

Bariatric surgery: A surgical solution for weight loss

When non-surgical methods have not achieved sustained weight loss and improved health, bariatric surgery can be an effective solution. Surgical Associates offers several types of weight loss surgeries:

  • Gastric bypass: Reduces stomach size and reroutes the small intestine.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy: Removes a portion of the stomach, limiting food intake.

These procedures not only aid in significant weight loss but can improve or resolve a range of obesity-related health conditions.

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Post-surgery schedule and follow-up

Your journey after surgery is carefully monitored and supported – we are with you throughout your journey to a happier, healthier life.

Initial Follow-Up

You will have follow-up visits with the surgeon, dietitian, and exercise therapist at two weeks, three months, six months, and twelve months post-surgery.

Regular Laboratory Work

To monitor your health and check for any vitamin deficiencies, lab work is scheduled at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after your surgery.

Ongoing Consultations

In the second year post-surgery, you will see the surgeon twice with lab work included, followed by annual check-ups after that.

Why choose Surgical Associates for medical weight loss?

Choosing Surgical Associates means you are selecting a program that prioritizes your health, safety, and long-term success. Our expert team is dedicated to providing personalized care, whether you embark on a surgical or non-surgical weight loss journey. With our comprehensive approach, we aim to empower our patients to achieve sustainable weight loss and improved quality of life. Medical weight loss at Surgical Associates is more than just a program; it's a partnership in your health journey. We are committed to offering the most effective solutions, specifically tailored to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 

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Comprehensive care for long-term success

Post-surgery or medical weight loss intervention, you can expect a rare level of personalized support and care:

  • Follow-up care: Regular check-ups to monitor weight loss progress and overall health.
  • Support groups: Access to support groups for sharing experiences and receiving encouragement.
  • Lifestyle education: Continuous education on maintaining a healthy lifestyle post-treatment.
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