What Are the Most Common Treatment Options for Obesity?
Obesity treatments include a combination of diet and nutritional modification with counseling support, lifestyle changes and a consistent exercise program. Medications may also be prescribed.
In some cases, bariatric surgery may be an option. These include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, also known as sleeve gastrectomy.
Are There Medications That Treat Obesity?
If diet, lifestyle modification and exercise are not enough, your doctor may prescribe medication to help you lose weight. These medicines work by either decreasing your appetite or preventing your body from absorbing fats from the foods you eat.
Before prescribing medications to help you lose weight, your doctor will consider many factors, including your current health, other medications you’re taking and possible side effects. Keep in mind that medications should supplement diet and exercise. Medications alone will not help you lose weight.
Are There Surgical Options for the Treatment of Obesity?
Bariatric surgery is a treatment option for obesity, depending on certain criteria. Two types of bariatric surgery offered at Temple Health include Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve.
Both are highly effective options for losing a significant amount of weight, and keeping it off long-term.
Find out if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery by attending one of our free informational seminars.